Moore Funeral Home & Moore Memorial Gardens

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Carl James Semler

13 marzo , 194419 enero , 2019

Carl James Semler passed away from this life January 19, 2019 at home in Bedford, Texas after a yearlong courageous struggle with esophageal cancer.

He was born March 13, 1944 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Margwen Murphy Semler, son Hank Semler and wife Meghan Semler of Houston, daughter Claire Johnson and husband Jeremy Johnson of Bedford, and grandchildren Alex and Evie Semler, Taylor, Wyatt, and Trevor Johnson, sisters, Joann, Nancy, and Ann Semler of Houston, and brothers, Bob and wife Marilyn of Houston, and Donald and wife Betty of San Antonio, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Carl was an All American football player at Tyler Jr. College and continued a lifelong avid interest in sports. Coach Semler taught many subjects and coached football and track for 40 years in Houston and in the HEB-ISD. He influenced thousands of young people and co-workers in positive ways and was highly regarded throughout the community. His sense of humor and his big hearty laugh made him welcome in any group.

Carl was a very active member of St. Vincent's Cathedral where he was on the Vestry and taught Sunday School for several years.

Donations may be made to St. Vincent's Memorial Fund in lieu of flowers.

Service will be held on January 26 at 1PM at St. Vincent's, 1300 Forest Ridge Dr., Bedford, TX, 76022.


  • Celebration of Life sábado, 26 enero , 2019


Carl James Semler


Dean Farris

14 febrero , 2019

It was with tremendous sadness that I learned of Coach Semler’s passing. Back in ‘87, he had the unenviable task of coaching our PE class, and found himself saddled that school year with me: the heavyset, completely unathletic , bookish kid with unbelievably thick glasses who wouldn’t have taken phys ed at all had it not been required. I will always remember his compassion for those of us who didn’t quite fit in, and he made what could have been a nightmare for both of us, well, less nightmarish. He was one of a kind, and this world will be a good deal sadder without him. If everyone were like Coach Semler, what a better place this would be. I extend my sincerest condolences to his family, and am forever grateful to have known him.

Larry Cox

26 enero , 2019

Coach Selmer was my first football coach in 72 at HJH. Can’t tell how many times he picked me up by pants, and shoulder pads to throw me in the 6 hole on defense to plug what he called the stove pipe. The perseverance of him,
coach Clark and L.D Bell coaches taught me many life lessons on fighting hard in life. Condolences to all family.

Chad Jones

26 enero , 2019

1) “Quit your loafing!”
2) “If you two don’t hit each other like you mean it, I’m going to make you take off your helmets and kiss each other in front of all the other players!”
3) “Sure girls can play football also if they shave their heads.”
4) “Drive, drive, drive, drive, drive!!!”
5) “Keep your head up!”
6) “Don’t stop until you hear the whistle!”
7) “I may forget, but I wrote your name down and old yeller won’t!”
8) “If you want to play and goof off, I’ll walk you down to the counselor’s office right now and we’ll get you into P.E., but if you’re going to be in athletics you will give 100% of yourself 100% of the time and execute the right way!”

I could go on forever quoting Coach Semler. I’ll put it to you this way, I’ve forgotten most of whatever other educators told me in my youth, but I remember almost every word coach uttered.

What he instilled in me I still use on a daily basis. Being on time, being prepared, giving maximum effort and not giving up. If you are a janitor, nurse, policeman, manager, or CEO of a company you could benefit from what Coach Semler taught.

Also everyone had a nickname on the team mine was “Super Goggles” because at the time I had to wear a fairly strong prescription, but obviously you can’t wear glasses and play football unless you’re just a kicker I suppose.

So I had those rec specs mounted in my helmet, sort of looked like Eric Dickerson, so I could see the correct opposing players and not block or tacked my own team mates.... 😂😂

I used to run into him from time to time at the Kroger by my house later on in his retirement years, I’m sad that won’t happen anymore but I can’t wait to see him again in heaven.

Until we meet again coach, you had a tremendous positive impact on my life! Thank you sir!

Angela Tejada

24 enero , 2019

I remember Coach Semler taught me how to throw shot put and disc back in 2003. He was a great guy.

Kevin Carr

23 enero , 2019

Coach Semler, out of all of the teachers and coaches throughout my Junior High and High School years, had the most impact on me. He was fun, fair, motivating, and tough on us when he needed to be. My brother, Don, played for Coach as well from '72 through '75. Don and I spent time talking about Coach this week. The great memories and the great impact he had on us. We both agreed that we were just two students from two classes. Imagine the impact that Coach had on so many throughout his years as a coach. And then to also read that he taught Sunday School. Coach's Life was a Life well Lived. I sure do appreciate the impact that he had on my life at such an early age.
Thank you Coach Semler!

Doug Farrer

22 enero , 2019

Mr Semler was a great man and coach he had the right balance of growl and positive verbal you want in a voach.
Had the pleasure of getting to workout with him and his son Hank with whom I went to high school with before our senior season learned a lot those few weeks.
My condolences to the family.

Shannon Griffin

22 enero , 2019

I was privileged to have Coach Semler in football all 3 of my years at Hurst Junior High ('77 - '79). He was the toughest, yet most fair coach I ever had. A great motivator and teacher of the game, he set the bar high and always challenged us to achieve our goals. He will be sorely missed.

Jayah Kai-samba

22 enero , 2019

I went to Hurst Junior High from 02-05 (track, football, basketball) and Coach Semler was a more than just a coach, he taught so many life lessons and the way he carried himself as a man, you can't compare. He has touched so many live over the decades in Hurst. I recall that during drivers ed. he took me out on the roads for one of my first drives and it was great just being able to talk with him about life and being a man. I'll always remember him every morning getting his morning run/walks in on the track. May his soul rest in peace.

Terry Swindall

22 enero , 2019

Coach was a great man. He will be missed.

Jimmy Reevea

22 enero , 2019

Words can't describe how great of man Coach Semler was. He treated each one of his athletes as if they were his own son. He expected your best, and he always gave you the same in return. He taught us all so many life lessons, they will continue on for many generations to come. All I can really say is thank you, it was an honor to know you.