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Murney M. Lazier

Coach Lazier

Posted By Hitzeman Funeral Home On May 12, 2018 @ 11:00 am In Obituary | 18 Comments

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 www.HitzemanFuneral.com [1]

Condolences for the family of “Murney M. Lazier”

Condolence from Ross M. Johnston on May 14th, 2018 10:44 am

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.

Condolence from Dave Weinbaum on May 14th, 2018 5:58 pm

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

Condolence from Gary Kipnis on May 14th, 2018 9:26 pm

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.

Condolence from George Duffey on May 15th, 2018 11:41 am

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.

Condolence from Marty Schneider on May 16th, 2018 5:34 pm

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.

Condolence from Robert Center on May 17th, 2018 9:02 am

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!

Condolence from Stuart Shiffman on May 17th, 2018 10:22 am

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

Condolence from Richard Schori on May 17th, 2018 5:28 pm

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.

Condolence from Charles Majors-Class of 1960/ETHS on May 17th, 2018 7:35 pm

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

Condolence from Mike and Jo Morris on May 17th, 2018 10:10 pm

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.

Condolence from Caroline Ogg Leban on May 19th, 2018 2:51 pm

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.

Condolence from Ronald Leban on May 19th, 2018 3:21 pm

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.

Condolence from Jack Leese on May 23rd, 2018 2:49 pm

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.

Condolence from Jim Love on May 23rd, 2018 10:49 pm

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

Condolence from Rich and Linda Carey on May 24th, 2018 11:24 pm

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.

Condolence from Joseph M. “Kicker” Jones on May 29th, 2018 9:27 am

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

Condolence from Carl Hampton on May 29th, 2018 1:15 pm

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.

Condolence from Cathy Kenney on August 16th, 2018 8:03 pm

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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