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Macdonald, H. Malcolm, 83; professor of government at The University of Texas for more than 30 years; in Austin, July 5, 1997.

MacEoin, Gary, 94; San Antonio resident and writer known internationally for his reporting on Latin America and the Roman Catholic Church; U.N. representative for the International Catholic Press Union from 1954 to 1963; July 9, 2003.

Machado, Mike, 74; spent 41 years presiding over San Antonio municipal and state district courts; in San Antonio, July 29, 1998.

Mack, Gary, 68; Kennedy assassination expert who was curator at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, broadcaster joined Dallas’ KXAS in 1981, became archivist at the museum in 1994 and appeared on many documentaries on the events of November 1963; in Arlington, July 15, 2015.

Maddux, Elizabeth Huth Coates, 86; descendant of a Castroville founder and noted San Antonio philanthropist; in San Antonio, May 12, 1996.

Madla, Frank, 69; important political leader in San Antonio who represented Bexar County in the Legislature for 33 years, the last 13 in the state senate; in San Antonio, Nov. 24, 2006.

Magers, Judy; better known as the burro lady or La Riena, she wandered the Trans-Pecos for decades alone with her burro; in Sierra Blanca, Jan. 26, 2007.

Magness, B. Don, 75; Miss Texas pageant showman, named manager of Will Rogers Auditorium in 1965, spent 33 years with city of Fort Worth as promoter of events, coached contestants to Miss America; in Fort Worth, July 17, 2008.

Maguire, Jack Russell, 80; directed UT-Austin alumni organization for 20 years; historian; in Fredericksburg, Aug. 27, 2000.

Mahon, Eldon B., 87; Loraine native served as federal judge for 30 years; oversaw desegregation of Fort Worth schools and ruled that Dallas city council at-large districts diluted minority voting power; in Fort Worth, Dec. 3, 2005.

Mahoney, Don, 74; former rodeo performer who appeared on Houston television stations for 27 years; in Houston, Dec. 28, 1994.

Mancuso, Frank, 89; served 30 years (1963 to 1993) on the Houston city council; catcher for St. Louis Browns 1944 American League champs and for Houston Buffs; in Houston, Aug. 4, 2007.

Manges, Clinton, 87; South Texas rancher and oil tycoon, confidant and friend to state officials including Jim Mattox and Bob Bullock; in San Antonio, Sept. 23, 2010.

Manente, Vladimiro, 81; Italian-born priest in Laredo credited with starting the cursillo retreat movement in the United States in 1958; in Laredo, April 28, 2002.

Manis, Norma, 79; restaurateur of down-home cooking, starting with Norma’s Cafe in Dallas in the late 1950s, went on to start Mama’s Daughters Diner with four locations; in Plano, Feb. 23, 2013.

Manriquez, Margarita, 71; State Fair food vendor who in the 1950s helped popularize tacos and nachos; in Farmers Branch, Oct. 29, 2000.

slugger Mickey Mantle
Mickey Mantle.

Mantle, Mickey, 63; famed baseball player for the New York Yankees. The Oklahoma native had been a Dallas resident since 1957; in Dallas, Aug. 13, 1995.

Marcus, Lawrence, 96; with his more high-profile brother Stanley in 1950 took over the family department store founded by their father and aunt Carrie Neiman; in Dallas, Nov. 1, 2013.

Marcus, Stanley, 96; internationally known retailer heading Neiman Marcus from 1950 to 1977; civic leader and commentator, wrote books on merchandising and fashion; in Dallas, Jan. 22, 2002.

Marr, Dave, 63; Houston golfer who went on to become a PGA champion and popular TV broadcaster; in Houston, Oct. 5, 1997.

Marsh, Estelle Fariss, 90; Amarillo philanthropist who married Stanley Marsh Jr. in 1936; active in city's charities; in Amarillo, Sept. 15, 2003.

Marsh, Stanley 3, 76; scion of oil family, banker and television executive, patron of the arts including iconic Cadillac Ranch sculpture outside Amarillo; in Amarillo, June 17, 2014.

Marshall, E. Pierce, 67; son of oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II who battled celebrity Anna Nicole Smith for his father’s fortune; in Dallas area, June 20, 2006.

Martin, J. C. “Pepe,” 85; longtime South Texas civic leader who served six terms as mayor of Laredo; in San Antonio hospital, Nov. 11, 1998.

Martin, Lecil Travis (Boxcar Willie), 67; mechanic from Mansfield and Arlington who found fame as country music entertainer; in Branson, Mo., April 12, 1999.

Martin, Slater, 86; NBA Hall of Famer for the (Minneapolis) Lakers in the 1950s, native of Elmina, grew up in Houston, star for the UT Longhorns in the 1940s; in Houston, Oct. 18, 2012.

Martinez, Matt, 86; owner of Austin's popular El Rancho restaurant, which he opened in 1952; was Texas Golden Gloves boxing champion in 1937; in Austin, Nov. 27, 2003.

Martinez, Reuben D., 77; headed El Fenix restaurant chain founded by his father in Dallas in 1918, philanthropist who assisted generations of students at Dallas Jesuit school; in Dallas, May 9, 2008.

Marzio, Peter C., 67; elevated to national esteem the Houston Museum of Fine Arts where he was director for nearly 30 years; in Houston, Dec. 9, 2010.

Mascolo, Guy, 65; co-founder of the international hair salon Toni & Guy started with his brother Toni in London in 1963, came to Dallas in 1983; in Dallas, May, 9, 2009.

Mashek, John W., 77; reporter from 1955 at The Dallas Morning News who sent him to Washington in 1960 to cover the Texas congressional delegation, headed Southwest bureau for U.S. News & World Report; in Rockville, Md., Nov. 3, 2009.

Massey, Charlotte, 82; civic leader and philanthropist; descendant of El Paso pioneer Zach White; in El Paso, Nov. 2, 2000.

Masterson, Harris III, 82; Houston investor and art patron; in Houston, April 7, 1997.

Mata, Eduardo, 52; former Dallas Symphony conductor; in a plane crash in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Jan. 4, 1995.

Matocha, Lee Roy, 70; bandleader who for four decades entertained Texans with broadcasts of Czech music, raised in Plum; in Fayette County, July 12, 2003.

Matson, Ollie, 80; NFL star for 14 years was born and raised to age 14 in Trinity, Olympic medalist in track in 1952; in Los Angeles, Feb. 19, 2011.

Matthews, E.O. “Coots,” 86; part of the Boots and Coots oil well firefighting business, helped put out Kuwaiti oil fires following the first Gulf war; in Humble, March 31, 2010.

Matthews, Gordon, 65; Austin inventor who created the first voice mail system in the late 1970s and patented it in 1982; in Dallas, Feb. 23, 2002.

Matthews, Wilbur Lee, 95; noted lawyer described by the San Antonio Express-News as “one of the most influential men in San Antonio from the 1950s through the 1970s”; in San Antonio, March 17, 1998.

Matthews, Watt, 98; legendary West Texas cattleman of the Reynolds-Matthews ranching clan; at his Lambshead Ranch near Albany, April 13, 1997.

Matthiesen, Leroy T., 88; Catholic bishop in the Panhandle for 17 years, in 1981 counseled Catholics to leave their jobs at the local Pantex plant that assembled nuclear weapons; in Amarillo, March 22, 2010.

Mattox, Jim, 65; crusading populist Texas attorney general, part of “Dirty Thirty” reforming faction in Legislature, three-term congressman, lost Democratic primary race for governor against Ann Richards in 1990; in Dripping Springs, Nov. 20, 2008.

Matz, Eleanor, 81; one of Harlingen’s best-known civic activists; in Harlingen, Dec. 25, 1995.

Mauldin, Joe B., 74; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer joined Buddy Holly and the Crickets in 1957 as their bass player at the age of 16, went on to become a recording engineer; in Nashville, Feb. 7, 2015.

Mauzy, Oscar, 73; known as “the blue-collar intellectual”; raised in Houston; was state senator from Dallas from 1967 until his election in 1986 to the Texas Supreme Court; Democrat was member of the “Killer Bees” reform bloc in 1979; in Austin, Oct. 10, 2000.

Maverick, Maury Jr., 82; liberal lawyer, legislator and newspaper columnist, civil rights advocate for 50 years; son of New Deal congressman and San Antonio mayor; in San Antonio, Jan. 28, 2003.

Mayes, Charlotte, 56; Dallas political leader; served four terms on the city council; of leukemia, Feb. 25, 2004.

Mays, Avery, 83; epitome of the Dallas business and civic leader of the 1950s and ’60s, led renovation of State Fair Music Hall; in Dallas, Oct. 2, 1994.

Maysel, Lou, 82; longtime sports editor and columnist for the Austin American-Statesman; Brenham native was also respected historian of UT Longhorn football; in Austin, Nov. 18, 2005.

McAshan, Susan Clayton, 95; arts patron through family fortune from Anderson Clayton & Co.; founder of the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center; in Houston, June 10, 2001.

McBrayer, Staley Thomas, 92; credited with bringing offset printing to small newspapers in the 1950s when he and a team of engineers (see Kitchens obit) developed the offset newspaper press; in Fort Worth, April 14, 2002.

McCain, Claude Jr., 63; first black administrator at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital; in Dallas, March 12, 1995.

McCall, Abner, 80; led Baylor University from 1961 to 1981; in Waco, June 11, 1995.

McCall, David B. Jr., 79; called Mr. Plano, he helped transform a small farm community into a massive suburb; served as mayor in 1950s; Feb. 17, 2004.

McCann, Thomas, 80; construction contractor who served as Fort Worth mayor in late 1950s; in Fort Worth, Aug. 1, 1996.

McClendon, Sarah, 92; Tyler native known as the colorful and aggressive White House reporter from the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt to that of George W. Bush; served in the Army in World War II, champion of veterans’ causes; in Washington, D.C., Jan. 8, 2003.

McConn, Jim, 68; businessman who served as Houston’s mayor during the boom years 1978 to 1982; from 1989 until his death, director of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau; in Houston, March 14, 1997.

McCormick, Patricia, 83; became first professional woman bullfighter in 1951, spent teen years in Big Spring, retired to Midland in early 2000s; in Del Rio, March 26, 2013.

McCoy, Houston, 72; one of the two Austin police officers who ended the 1966 UT tower shootings when they shot the sniper; in Menard, Dec. 27, 2012.

McCulloch, Robert, 92; Scottish machinist who was a cornerstone of what became LTV Corp.; in Dallas, Nov. 30, 1995.

McDermott, Robert F., 86; retired Air Force brigadier general was influential businessman and civic leader in San Antonio; former chairman of NBA Spurs; in San Antonio, Aug. 28, 2006.

McDuffie, Glenn, 86; believed to be the sailor kissing the nurse in the famous World War II-era photo, later a mail carrier and semi-pro baseball player; in Dallas, where he had lived since 2009, on March 9, 2014.

McGrew, Jack, 88; Denton native was a pioneer in Texas broadcasting beginning in 1930; was program director at KPRC in Houston during coverage of the Texas City explosions in 1947; in Las Cruces, N.M., Nov. 25, 2001.

McKenzie, W.A. “Billy Mac,” 87; Houston Reagan grad, lawyer who served as Texas A&M regent 1981–93, Republican stalwart was chairman when George H.W. Bush chose College Station for his presidential library; April 18, 2010.

McKinley, DeWitt, 91; former foundry worker and Fuller Brush salesman who became Fort Worth’s mayor in the late 1960s; in Fort Worth, April 9, 1997.

McKnight, Felix R., 93; considered by many the dean of Dallas newspaper journalism, held key management positions at The Dallas Morning News and the Dallas Times Herald; Feb. 7, 2004.

McKnight, Peyton, 71; former state legislator and oilman; in Tyler, Dec. 21, 1995.

McKool, Mike, 84; Dallas lawyer was longtime Democratic leader, state senator from 1968 to 1972; son of immigrant Lebanese parents; in Dallas, Feb. 22, 2003.

McLagan, Ian, 69; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame keyboardist and 20-year Austin resident, toured and recorded with Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, London native played with the Faces in 1960s; in Austin, Dec. 3, 2014.

McNutt, L. W. “Bill” Jr., 81; as president for 30 years built Collin Street Bakery into an international brand, mainly through direct-mail marketing; in Corsicana, Sept. 1, 2006.

McPherson, Harry Jr., 82; Tyler native was adviser, speechwriter to President Lyndon Johnson, wrote memoir A Political Education; in suburban Washington, Feb. 16, 2012.

McSwain, Ross, 82; longtime columnist for the San Angelo Standard-Times covering all things Texan, author of eight books of non-fiction; in San Angelo, Mov. 2, 2012.

Meaux, Huey P., 82; the “Crazy Cajun” created his own music industry in Houston where he was producer for the Sir Douglas Quintet, Freddy Fender and others; in Winnie, April 23, 2011.

Mecom, Mary Elizabeth, 86; widow of Houston oilman John W. Mecom, active in her husband’s enterprises; in Houston, May 4, 1996.

singer Lydia Mendoza
Lydia Mendoza.

Mendoza, Lydia, 91; first star of Mexican-American Tejano music with first hit “Mal Hombre” in the 1930s, received National Medal of Arts in 1999; in San Antonio, Dec. 20, 2007.

Meredith, Don, 72; Dallas Cowboys quarterback whose charm and wit brought fame as commentator for Monday Night Football where he always acknowledged his parents, Jeff and Hazel, back in Mount Vernon; in Santa Fe, N.M., Dec. 5, 2010.

Mersky, Roy, 82; led the University of Texas law library as director beginning in 1965, making it one of the best in the nation, veteran of Battle of the Bulge; in Austin, May, 8, 2008.

Mesinger, Maxine, 75; popular society columnist at the Houston Chronicle for more than 40 years; moved from early local television in 1954 to newspapers; her Big City Beat was known for its “Maxine-isms” such as “She snoops to conquer”; in Houston, Jan. 19, 2001.

Metcalf, Shelby, 76; in 27 seasons as basketball coach at Texas A&M, 1963 to 1990, his teams won six Southwest Conference championships; in College Station, Feb. 8, 2007.

Meyer, Alice Kleberg Reynolds, 71; patron of the arts, museums in San Antonio; descendant of King Ranch family; in San Antonio, June 28, 2000.

Meyer, Fred, 84; Dallas businessman who headed the Texas Republican Party during its ascendancy in the 1980s-90s; in Dallas, Sept. 24, 2012.

Meyer, June, 79; San Antonio business leader and mentor to professional women; in San Antonio, May 13, 1997.

Michels, Doug, 59; Houston artist who created the Panhandle landmark of 10 Cadillacs planted nose down; in Australia in a climbing accident, June 12, 2003.

Michener, James, A., 90; Pulitzer Prize-winning author of such epic novels as Texas and Hawaii who taught at and eventually endowed the University of Texas; in Austin, Oct. 16, 1997.

Miles, Buddy, 60; drummer on Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland album, sang on the California Raisins commercials in 1980s, wrote and performed song “Them Changes”; in Austin, Feb. 26, 2008.

Milford, Dale, 71; Dallas broadcaster and three-term Democratic member of Congress in the 1970s; in Howe, Dec. 26, 1997.

Milkovisch, Mary, 85; with husband, John, created the famed Beer Can House which has become a Houston folk art landmark; in Houston, March 18, 2002.

Miller, Ann, 81; Chireno native became the glamorous tapdancer in Hollywood's golden age of musicals; performed on Broadway in Sugar Babies in 1979; from 1958 to 1961 she was married to Dallas oilman William Moss; Jan. 22, 2004.

Miller, Chris, 68; served in Legislature from 1973 to 1978, was a leader for equal rights for women; in Fort Worth, March 12, 1995.

Miller, Dale, 87; veteran lobbyist in Washington for many Texas interests; from 1932 to 1940 edited in Dallas The Southwestern Banker and Texas Weekly; in Washington, April 23, 1997.

Miller, J. D., 73; El Campo native, country songwriter (“It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky-Tonk Angels”); in Lafayette, La., March 23, 1996.

newsman Ray Miller
Ray Miller.

Miller, Ray, 89; broadcast newsman in Houston beginning in 1951, created The Eyes of Texas TV program in 1969 and wrote accompanying travel guides; in Houston, Sept. 27, 2008.

Miller, Vance C., 79; Dallas real estate mogul, Republican political donor and supporter of the arts; in Dallas, Feb. 23, 2013.

Miller, Vassar, 74; twice named poet laureate of Texas and a Pulitzer Prize nominee; in Houston, Oct. 31, 1998.

Mitchan, Junior, 72; Corpus Christi native was bass player and vocalist with pioneers of Western swing, Bob Wills and Adolph Hofner; Jan. 3, 2005.

Mitchell, George, 94; Galveston native, son of Greek immigrant became prominent independent oilman; pioneer in hydraulic fracking, developer of The Woodlands community north of Houston; in Galveston, July 26, 2013.

Moczygemba, Henry, 80; well-known priest of the Archdiocese of San Antonio and descendant of the founders of Panna Maria, the first U.S. Polish settlement; March 2, 1995.

Moncure, Rhymes H. Jr., 61; first black man to lead the United Methodist Church as bishop in North Texas; in Dallas, Aug. 19, 2006.

Montalvo, Jose Luis, 47; known as the “black hat poet”; in San Antonio, Aug. 14, 1994.

Montgomery, Bob, 77; first sang with Buddy Holly at Hutchinson Junior High in Lubbock in 1949 as “Buddy and Bob,” co-wrote some Holly songs as well as “Misty Blue” and the Patsy Cline hit, “Back in Baby’s Arms;” in Missouri, Dec. 4, 2014.

Montgomery, Marvin “Smokey,” 88; banjo picker for the Light Crust Doughboys; in Dallas, June 6, 2001.

Moody, Chip, 54; television anchorman during a 30-year career in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, El Paso and Waco; in Dallas, Dec. 26, 2001, after a series of health problems.

Moody, Shearn Jr., 63; son of wealthy Galveston family, supported various projects including Moody Gardens and restoration of Opera House; in Galveston, June 26, 1996.

Mooney, Ralph, 82; played pedal steel guitar for Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and Waylon Jennings and wrote “Crazy Arms”; in Kennedale, March 20, 2011.

Moore, Hilmar, 92; served 63 years, beginning in 1949, as mayor of Richmond, near Houston, said to be the longest-serving mayor in the nation; in Richmond, Dec. 4, 2012.

Moore, William T., 81; former state senator credited with leading the fight to get women admitted to Texas A&M University; in Bryan, May 27, 1999.

Moorman, Lewis J. Jr., 80; past chairman of the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research and trustee of the related institute; in San Antonio, Nov. 28, 1997.

Morales, Francisco “Pancho,” 78; credited with inventing the margarita in Ciudad Juarez in 1942; in El Paso, Jan. 2, 1997.

Morehead, Richard M. Sr., 89; former Austin bureau chief of The Dallas Morning News where he worked for 36 years, retiring in 1978; served on the Texas Judicial Council for 31 years; in Austin, Jan. 31, 2003.

Moreland, Ralph, 82; Stamford native founded in 1962 Austin’s Holiday House chain, home of the “flame-kissed burger,” reaching 26 restaurants before closing in 2004; in Austin, March 29, 2009.

Moreno, Joe, 40; legislator from Houston killed in auto crash near La Grange; Democrat had been state representative since 1998; May 6, 2005.

Morgan, Grant B., 83; started Big Tex Western Wear in San Antonio, which was later joined by branches in Houston, Austin and San Marcos; Dec. 8, 2004.

Moroles, Jesús, 64; noted Rockport sculptor was named State Artist in 2011, born to cotton farmers near Corpus Christi; in a traffic accident near Jarrell, June 15, 2015.

Moroney, James M. Jr., 85; last surviving grandson of George Bannerman Dealey, founder of The Dallas Morning News; he served as publisher of The News from 1980 to 1985 and on the board of the parent company Belo for 48 years; in Dallas, Feb. 8, 2007.

Morris, Willie, 64; Mississippi-born author wrote classic coming-of-age memoir North Toward Home; entered University of Texas in 1952 where he was editor of the Daily Texan; went on to a tenure as editor of the liberal journal Texas Observer; in Jackson, Miss., Aug. 2, 1999.

Morton, Azie Taylor, 67; first African-American to serve as U.S. treasurer 1977 to 1980; civil rights activist in Austin in 1960s; in Bastrop, Dec. 7, 2003.

Mosbacher, Robert A., 82; Houston oilman prominent in Republican politics, U.S. secretary of commerce for longtime friend President George H.W. Bush; in Houston, Jan. 24, 2010.

Moursund, A. W., 82; Central Texas lawyer who with friend Lyndon B. Johnson worked to bring electricity to the region; served in Texas House from 1948 to 1952; in Round Mountain, April 22, 2002.

Mueller, Marge, 69; called "Sheriff," for three decades she served beer and kept order in Luckenbach; in Fredericksburg, July 25, 2004.

Mueller, Robert L. “Bobby,” 69; owner and pitmaster of iconic barbecue joint in Taylor started by his father Louie in 1949; in Taylor, Sept. 6, 2008.

Murchison, Lucille Gannon “Lupe,” 75; arts patron, long-time regent for the University of North Texas, former co-owner of Dallas Cowboys; in Dallas, July 3, 2001.

Murphy, Charles A., 79; considered founder of Texas Southern University who as legislator from 1947 to 1955 co-wrote the bill establishing it; in Houston, March 23, 1998.

Murray, Arthur, 92; Air Force test pilot who in 1954 set an attitude record of 90,440 feet, longtime resident of Clifton; in West, July 25, 2011.

Muse, M. Lamar, 86; airline executive raised in Palestine, Texas, who helped launch Southwest Airlines in 1971; in 1981 he started Muse Air with his son; in Dallas, Feb. 5, 2007.

 



 

 

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