Murney M. Lazier

Coach Lazier

American FlagMurney M. Lazier, age 93 of Western Springs, formerly of Evanston, IL. WWII Army Veteran. Beloved husband of the late Olga Lazier, nee Dewhart. Devoted father of Shawn (Suzanne) Lazier, Rian Lazier and the late Michael Lazier and Patrick (Garen) Lazier; grandfather of Michael Lazier, Meghan Lazier, Caitlin (Jose) Covarrubias, Stacy (John) DeBonis, Erin Roberts and Kevin Roberts; great grandfather of Adrie Oberman, Marli DeBonis, Jazmyn DeBonis and Braden Schulze.  Murney was a teacher, football coach, wrestling coach and wrestling official at Evanston Township High School. Most recently he was the past Athletic Director for Lyons Township High School. Services pending. Interment Private. Information 708-485-2000 or

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  1. Ross M. Johnston condolence:

    To the Lazier Family, I offer my condolences at the loss of a great man whose work ethic and strive for success was truly an inspiration for a generation of Football and LaCrosse players from ETHS. Always portraying a “tough but fair” demeanor, he will missed by many mourning Murney’s Men.

  2. Dave Weinbaum condolence:

    Other than my father, Mel, Coach Lazier had the biggest effect on my life. If you suffered through his gauntlet of tough practices, hard work and NEVER GAVE UP, you always had a place on his teams. God Bless you, Murney Lazier! RIP

  3. Gary Kipnis condolence:

    To Shawn and Family,
    My heartfelt condolences to you in your loss of your father, Coach Murney Lazier. So many fond memories of him during his great career at ETHS. May you find some comfort in your cherished memories of your dad, and may his memory always be a blessing.

  4. George Duffey condolence:

    My sincerest condolences on the passing of Murney. He was my cooperating teacher at Evanston when I did my student teaching. He offered me a job there, but recommended I go to Leyden. A move I respected him for. He was a mentor and friend over time and will be deeply missed. Rest easy my friend.

  5. Marty Schneider condolence:

    Shawn,I extend my deepest sympathies to you and the Lazier Family and I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences.

  6. Robert Center condolence:

    My deepest sympathies to the entire Lazier family. We grew up in the same neighborhood and I have the fondest memories of Coach Lazier and my classmate his son , the late Mike, who I enjoyed many games of back yard football! Rest in peace Coach; you were one of the great ones!

  7. Stuart Shiffman condolence:

    Condolences to the family and ETHS community. We have lost a great coach and teacher.

  8. Richard Schori condolence:

    A special respect for Murney Lazier, my wrestling coach for three years, 1954-56, and as Pool Director at Glenview Club he hired Duncan Lanum and me to be his two live guards for the three summers of 1954-56. He was a mentor and long-term friend, and I’ll miss him.

  9. Charles Majors-Class of 1960/ETHS condolence:

    We have lost a great coach and life teacher. Thanks Coach. Condolences to his family.

  10. Mike and Jo Morris condolence:

    Our condolences to the Lazier Family. Murney was more than my boss. He was my mentor and my friend who represented educational based athletics in every decision he made for the sports programs and student athletes at Lyons Tosnship High School. His high expectations and demand for excellence from his coaching staff was his trademark for the success of the Athletic programs during his tenure. His passing leaves a void to the many of the coaches he “coached”. Rest In Peace, Murney. Your influences and lessons taught continue on a daily basis with the next generation of coaches.

  11. Caroline Ogg Leban condolence:

    Both Ron and I were sorry to learn of Murney’s passing. He was my.boss, friend and mentor for some18 plus years. He will always be remembered for his words of wisdom as well as his quick wit. Our prayers goyer to the Lazier family
    at this time. May he rest in peace.

  12. Ronald Leban condolence:

    Murney was a true leader. He was well respected by all. Many have benefited from knowing him and working with him. Condolences to his family.

  13. Jack Leese condolence:

    Coach Lazier was a mentor to me in football, wrestling, and in life.As I have said many times, he changed the culture of wrestling officiating in the State of Illinois, an unmatched record as a football coach, and helped many to goals which they seemed too high. A master teacher, I was under his tutelage in 1956 as a student teacher as he coached the only Evanston wrestling team to win the Suburban League championship. Regretfully, he was not allowed to continue coaching wrestling when he accepted the head football coaching position. He put more time into officiating wrestling and was one of the best in the country! Many have tried to follow in his footsteps, but none of us could. He was truly, one of a kind. Personally, I have lost a good friend.

  14. Jim Love condolence:

    I offer my condolences to all of Murney’s family. Murney was certainly a major influence in my life. While attending Northwestern University I student taught under Murney when he was a teacher and coach at Evanston High School. When Murney went to Lyons Township High School as the athletic director he was influential in urging me to return to my alma mater as a teacher and coach. I have many memories of our conversations and I always tried to learn from his experience. He influenced me greatly as a coach and person. Thanks, Murney! Jim Loveo

  15. Rich and Linda Carey condolence:

    We send our condolences to the Lazier Family during your time of grief at the loss of Murney. I was so fortunate for Murney’s foresight and athletic health concern to hire me as LTHS’s first certified athletic trainer back in 1976. He was my supervisor but he also taught me valuable life lessons that I live by today. I respected his willingness to let me develop my own program from scratch, and he continued to support me and my student trainer staff throughout our years together. My respect for his knowledge and wisdom continued even after his LT years. Thank you Murney for believing in me and the importance of quality athletic health care. May God bless him always.

  16. Joseph M. "Kicker" Jones condolence:

    I played football for Mr. Lazier during the 1964 and 1965 fall seasons. With the exception of my parents, no one had a greater or more positive effect upon me as Mr. Lazier. He was a players’ coach, working out with all of us in that stifling weight room all summer, bench pressing with the strongest guys on the team. He was tough but fair with all of us and always an inspiration to living a good life.

    My deepest condolences to Shawn, Ryan and all of Mr. Lazier’s many grandchildren and great grandchildren

  17. Carl Hampton condolence:

    Condolences from all of the New Trier football family. Wishing Coach Lazier eternal victories on heaven. Probably surprising everyone with that wishbone like in 1974.

  18. Cathy Kenney condolence:

    Shawn and Rian ~

    So very sorry for the loss of your father. I liked your dad. He was always nice to me.

    May God surround you with his Holy peace during this difficult time.

    Cathy Kenney

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