Michael Scott Murley

December 4, 1960April 17, 2020

Michael Murley died on April 17, 2020 after a long struggle with A.L.S. and cancer. Michael was born on December 4, 1960 in Dallas, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, Kelly Murley, three children, Paul Murley and his wife Cassie Murley, Ben Murley, and Sarah Murley, three stepchildren, Caroline McNair and her husband Cole McNair, Parker Smith, and Kaitlyn Smith, and three grandchildren, Evelyn McNair, Avery McNair, and Charlotte McNair. He is also survived by his father, David Murley, and two brothers, David Murley Jr. and his wife Susan Murley and Stephen Murley and his wife Jackie Murley, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother, Lou Murley, and a brother, Patrick Murley.

Michael grew up in Winnsboro, Texas and graduated from Winnsboro High School in 1979. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983 and was an avid Longhorn fan.

He worked at EDS, American Airlines, Mobil Oil, and, since 1994, BMC Software in Austin. He worked in various data management roles at BMC and was awarded 4 patents.

Michael was a committed Christian. He served on the St. Luke’s on the Lake Episcopal church vestry, and taught Sunday school and Kids Church there. He also served as a lay reader and schedule coordinator in addition to many other committees and responsibilities.

On June 13, 2009, Michael and Kelly were married at St. Luke’s on the Lake Episcopal Church.

At St. Luke’s, Michael and Kelly both found deep spiritual growth and developed many lifelong friendships.

In 2011, they left St Luke’s and joined Bethany United Methodist Church. At Bethany, they were surrounded by a loving community of believers. In particular, their Sunday school class showed great Christian care for them, especially as Michael’s health declined.

Michael loved words and was a stickler for good grammar and punctuation. He relished the chance to edit the written word. Even though he worked as a computer programmer, his degree was in English, and technical writers at BMC Software learned not to try to correct his writing.

He was also a long-time (and long-suffering) Texas Rangers baseball fan. He was fond of saying “No one could ever forget Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. I know because I’ve tried.”

Michael was also a big fan of Jeopardy and recorded the show every day on DVR. Anyone “lucky” enough to be around when it was time to binge watch all the recordings soon learned that Michael had a habit of fast forwarding through all the fluff, like the players answering awkward questions about themselves, to get to the meat of the show.

Michael will be committed into the loving arms of Jesus surrounded by family and friends at a memorial service in Austin, Texas, on a date still to be determined.

Below is the link for the live stream of the service this Saturday, 4/17 at 10:00am:

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we are limited to a small number of family attending the service in person.

For those who we have spoken with about attending in person, please remember that masks are required. A sack-lunch reception will be held outdoors immediately following the service. The weather will likely be cool, so please dress appropriately. The video should begin 5 minutes before the service starts (9:55am Central Time). Please try to refresh/reload the page if the video is not working for you at that time.


  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, April 17, 2021


Michael Scott Murley

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Michael Murley

May 3, 2020

Michael and I were first cousins. We would spend a week each summer with Grandmother Murley. It was a lot of fun going places in Dallas and Fort Worth and getting to know him better. We were in different grades in school, so of course after we started middle school we couldn't be seen chumming around. Michael was always my favorite cousin. He will always be in my heart along with many fond memories. I know I will see him again and I look forward to being able to share many more memories with him.

Always in my heart,

Priya Salagundla

April 20, 2020

I had the opportunity to work with Mr.Michael briefly about couple of years ago at BMC - I was mentored by him.The short time I’ve spent under his guidance thought me how kind and wonderful a person can be. I’m melted to learn the news. Thoughts and prayers to Mr. Murley’s family from our family. I’m deeply saddened but also relieved that he found some peace after fighting for past few months.
He had such a great heart and personality that I’m running out of better words to explain how cherished I was to be his mentee.

My deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy on the great loss.
My dad always says that we loose good people the earliest it reminds me again today.

With deepest thoughts,
Priya Salagundla
Houston, Texas

Nona Kloecker

April 20, 2020

Dearest Kelly and Family,
What a lovely written tribute to your Michael. I am so sorry I never got to know him as we could have shared our long-suffering love of baseball (Cubs for me). But I feel this provides a glimpse into someone deeply loved, a great guy gone way too soon.
Sending love and prayers your way,

Mark Edge

April 19, 2020

I cannot remember a time when I did not know Michael. Even in childhood, he was a fun, humorous, talented, smart, and sensitive (I mean this in the noblest way) person. While a lifetime covers a lot of territory, my fondest memories of Michael are from the fifth and sixth grades. Michael and I grew to be good friends. We shared a love for writing (even then he was good at it), music (he introduced me to Grand Funk Railroad!), and roller skate hockey.

Yes, you read that right--roller skate hockey.

Growing up and leaving home took us in different directions. Yet, I enjoyed the opportunities to reconnect through the years, brief though those times were.

On a selfish note, I am sorry that he was not well enough to write more in the last few years. His pen is now permanently still, but I will take away good memories of what he has written. More importantly, I will recall many of the times in his life he blessed me and others.

Prayers of peace and healing to all of Michael's family.

Jay Carney

April 19, 2020

When I first moved to Winnsboro Tx , I was in the middle of my 8 th grade year. Michael was one of the first kids to befriend me and make me feel at home.
We became best friends and roomed together at Jester Center at UT.
My favorite memory is a trip we took to Big Bend, Ft Davis State park and Carlsbad Caverns.
Also about 3 years ago we took a trip and watched the Rangers training camp in Surprise Az.
Michael, you are a dear friend. I Love you and miss you. We will meet again someday

Ken Pierce

April 19, 2020

One of the finest, godliest men it has ever been my privilege to know; he served as my daughter Sally’s godfather back when both our families were at St Luke’s. I had many regrets about leaving Austin, but not being able to stay in touch with Michael was one of the bigger ones. Truly a life well lived. We will keep his family in our prayers.


April 18, 2020

The time has come for your gentle soul to rest in the Father's arms, after the long battle, strengthened in the Christian faith.
May the Lord comfort your family, knowing that he was a very dear person among us, friends in the profession and in the heart.
We will greatly miss him.