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Mick McMurry: A Tribute Is Not Enough
Mick McMurry passed this past week, but his shining accomplishments will endure for many years. Perhaps forever. I knew Mick as a friend, business leader, helpful builder, philanthropic contributor, and dedicated husband and father. He trusted me; I know without doubt I trusted him. His uncanny ability to listen, ask penetrating questions, and decisively reach a go or no-go conclusion was unique. Once Mick made up his mind, he stuck to his principles. For him, principles mattered – for the past, in the present, and to the future.
Mick was a calculated risk taker. That is the best kind, I might add. His partnering with John Martin and others in the Jonah Natural Gas Field is legendary. So many thought they wouldn’t succeed…but succeed they did indeed. With the sale of Jonah and the Pinedale anti-cline, Mick could have sat back and rested on his laurels, but that was not Mick’s way. He was an entrepreneur to the core – early to rise, watchful over various and new business interests daily.
I saw that on numerous occasions. A helicopter ride with his father and another World War II veteran to a ranch near Sundance to check on a water well drill; traveling around industrial parks in Casper in 2010 and seeing idle oil and natural gas field equipment; learning about his commercial property investments near and far; and having lunch at Dori Lou’s. For Mick McMurry, his DNA was that of a builder…and I do believe he had his eyes on yet bigger value-added projects for Wyoming and jobs for our citizens.
Together, he and his wife Susie became the face for charity for Casper and Wyoming. They gave and they quietly challenged you to give as well. I remember fondly some years ago at a casual meeting at the old Boys and Girls Club near downtown Casper. Susie was an active board member. There were not many of us at the meeting, but I came because I wanted to give without any expectation other than to help with the vision for a future Boys and Girls Club of Central Wyoming. This is the way it was and hopefully will continue to be with the McMurry Foundation--being principled about visions and building for the future. The lasting legacies that they have funded over the past 15 years or so have been enormous. Buildings and programs at the University of Wyoming, the Boys and Girls Club, the current Casper YMCA drive, Rotary Park, the Wyoming Medical Center, the Beartrap Festival, the Leadership Wyoming Endowment, and the Nicolaysen Art Museum, where I recall, Mick and Susie on a Saturday maybe ten years ago pitched in by helping with the weeding.
So many people have told me over the years that Mick really helped them along the way. He stood by his friends – new and old, from a concrete worker I know to a small restaurant owner. I was told of the day when Mick visited a high school friend from years back, now a contractor, who had just had heart surgery. Mick had heard of his heart attack and went to the hospital to check how he was doing. There are countless other stories like this I am sure, but these are just a few of the reasons why Mick McMurry, and Susie, should be held in our hearts with the highest esteem. They are authentic civic trustees. They moved to within new spheres as their wealth grew, but their hearts were always grounded in the values we aspire for Wyoming, ourselves, and our children. The McMurry road of giving and graciousness will continue with Susie. We all need to stand by her and her family this day and for the days ahead.
Wyoming Business Alliance
Thank you, Mick McMurry, for your courage, compassion, generosity, entrepreneurial spirit, and love for Wyoming. You will be missed.
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