M. W. graduated from Kingston High School where he was active in all sports especially excelling in track and basketball. He joined the Army Air Corps on June 6, 1941 and served 4 ½ years with 27 months spent overseas during World War II. After the war M.W. went to work as an apprentice electrician. He earned his Journeyman's license while employed by J.Y. Dilts Electric Co., Dallas, Texas.
On May 11, 1947 M.W. received Christ as his Lord and Savior. M.W. with his two brothers, Paul and Bill, began a ministry of singing and preaching which continued for 5 ½ years.
In January 1948 he enrolled in Southwestern Bible College where he met his wife, Lois Laverne Selby. He graduated from Southwestern Bible College, Oklahoma City University, and received a master's degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. In 1992 he received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Southwestern College of Christian Ministries.
To this union were born two children, Peggy Lou and Samuel Alan. There are 7 grandchildren, Tanya Pool Hamel, Suzann Pool Godinez, Chris Murr, Josh Murr, Amy Murr Eskew, Jennifer Murr Buckhalter, and Gabe Murr. There are 9 great grandchildren, Gabe, Ethan, Jayce, Rylan, Landon, Gavin, Brooke, Grayson and Elliott.
During his life M. W. pastored churches in Houston, Dallas, and Oklahoma City, and ministered throughout the United States. He was employed by Southwestern Bible College for 20 years, as a teacher, Dean of Men, Dean of Students, Athletic Director, and Dean of the School of Religion. He finished his teaching career at Newcastle High School where he served as Counselor and golf coach.
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday June 14, 2017 at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Chapel
On Thursday, June 15, his burial will be at 11:30, at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens with services to celebrate his life at the Northwest Christian Center at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in his honor to Southwestern Christian University, Box 340, Bethany, Oklahoma 73008
[Editor's Comment: I was blessed indeed to get to know M. W. Murr when I was president of Southwestern College. His counsel was invaluable. He was an excellent golf instructor and couch. He gave me a pair of golf shoes. I enjoyed playing golf and meeting outstanding men like M. W. Murr. To Laverne and her family Melvine and I send our love and prayers in your time of grief and sorrow. We know where he is. And one day we will see Brother Murr in heaven.]