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“Daniel 2.44.que vien seria vivir bajo ese reino el cual pueda ayudar a todos los que nesesitamos ”
1 of 100+ | Posted by: - IL

just a kid “His name was Darrell K Royal and he was my father. His middle name was simply "K" in honor of his mother Katy, who died months after giving birth to...Read More »
2 of 100+ | Posted by: Mack Royal - Austin, TX

“Coach Royal was one of a kind. Even my dad who was an alumni and Hawkeye Fan from Iowa admired Coach Royal and enjoyed the football games in Austin....Read More »
3 of 100+ | Posted by: Linda Reppert - San Antonio, TX

“Your memory as a man for any and all seasons will be a fine guide for all of us to model our lives after. I will cherish your name, Darrell Kenneth...Read More »
4 of 100+ | Posted by: Charles Irwin - Port Neches, TX

“All of us who miss Coach Royal can be comforted by reading "Coach Royal: Voices and Memories." An interview by John Wheat, the book reminds us of his...Read More »
5 of 100+ | Posted by: Judith Zaffirini - Laredo, TX


6 of 100+ | Posted by: Jimmy McCabe - Walsenburg, CO

“Simply the best college football coach ever! I remember those wonderful games! ”
7 of 100+ | Posted by: Thea - Austin, TX

“Vaya con Dios, Coach. ”
8 of 100+ | Posted by: John Kruse - Falfurrias, TX

Randy Willis, Rattlesnake Annie, Lenny Vaughan (Stevie Ray Vaughan's widow), Coach Darrell K Royal, and Freddy Powers. Randy Willis' Austin Home.
9 of 100+ | Posted by: Randy Willis

Randy Willis and Darrell Royal
10 of 100+ | Posted by: Randy Willis

“Coach Royal, you will be missed. God Bless you and your family. You will live on in the hearts of all who wear and cheer on the burnt orange! ”
11 of 100+ | Posted by: Stephen Brock - Chesapeake, VA

“I drove home from the University one day to find my wife on the porch calling to me: "Jon, Coach Royal is on the phone!" I hurried in to see what he...Read More »
12 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“MAY GOD BE WITH THE ROYAL FAMILY,"HAPPY ARE THE PURE IN HEART,SINCE THEY WILL SEE GOD".{MATT.5:8}.....NC ”
13 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Thank you God for sending coach.He meant so much to so many of us who never met him. ”
14 of 100+ | Posted by: Harry Alexander - Houston, TX


15 of 100+ | Posted by: Harry G. Alexander - Houston, TX

“Coach was my guy!! ”
16 of 100+ | Posted by: charles placker - victoria, TX

“Edith Please know that I tremendously enjoyed my long time relationship with Coach. We started by his allowing me to have reporters in the locker...Read More »
17 of 100+ | Posted by: Ron Rogers - Austin, TX - Friend

“God Bless you Coach Royal. May peace surround your family and all those who are so painfully missing you. ”
18 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Too many cherished football memories from my formative years at TEXAS 1966-1971. last few seconds throw for touch down versus UCLA to preseve #1...Read More »
19 of 100+ | Posted by: Arthur B. Hernandez - Premont, TX

“Coach Royal was my distant inspiration for many years. When my senior year the Longhorns went one victory by one point, and DKR arrived soon...Read More »
20 of 100+ | Posted by: Michael A. Bartlett - Spicewood, TX

“You will forever be the shining star in the Longhorn Legacy. Thank you! UT '83 ”
21 of 100+ | Posted by: Joanna Hamrick - Philadelphia, PA

“With his coaching record there is no doubt he died with his boots on! ”
22 of 100+ | Posted by: E T Harrison '62 - Jacksonville, NC

“Thanks for the memories, Coach.Mike Hutton ”
23 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Coach Royal was one of the most inspirational coaches in my early high school coaching career. He had more impact on my philosophical development...Read More »
24 of 100+ | Posted by: Ken Lyons - Ocean Springs, MS

“Larry FryPerry, Oklahoma ”
25 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Mrs. Royal, 1500 of us stood in unison in love and respect when you led your family into the memorial service on Tuesday. I got a huge lump...Read More »
26 of 100+ | Posted by: Roy A. Bobo II - League City, TX

“Thankyou for teaching us to be football fans of TEXAS ”
27 of 100+ | Posted by: Jim Ethridge - Whitesboro, TX

“I will always cherish the warm smile and strong handshake when I met THE COACH , one beautiful day at Barton Creek Country Club, as he sat alone on a...Read More »
28 of 100+ | Posted by: Duke Dwyer - Austin, TX

“Dear Mack, Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your legendary father, Darrell Royal. He was a great man with many accomplishments...Read More »
29 of 100+ | Posted by: Jit Seneviratne

“He WAS Texas football! ”
30 of 100+ | Posted by: Clara Ligon Usrey '54 - TX

“We will cherish the memories and you will live in our heart forever. ”
31 of 100+ | Posted by: Jesse Garate - Denver City, TX

“You will not be forgotten DKR! Thanks for the character and class you set at UT-Austin and your inspiration. RIP ”
32 of 100+ | Posted by: Russell Brewer - Easley, SC

“Thanks for all the great memories you brought me. HOOKEM ”
33 of 100+ | Posted by: Paul Rubel - Troy, TX

“Coach D K Royal is another fine gentelman I grew up knowing about life and own judgement calls for myself.He was friends with my family doctor whom...Read More »
34 of 100+ | Posted by: David Cole - Austin, TX

“The memories are too many to call back. I just know that Coach Royal brought so much fun to a college experience that I had to cram 4 years into 6...Read More »
35 of 100+ | Posted by: Ron Harrisobn - Highlands Ranch, CO

“I attended UT during 1969-71(graduated in Dec.'71) and was present for the 30 game win streak. One of the highpoints of my life came on Jan.1,1970. I...Read More »
36 of 100+ | Posted by: Gary Macdecy - Bulverde, TX

“Coach Royal was an outstanding gentleman and the best UT coach. He was first class in every way. I'll never forget his first victory (15-14) over...Read More »
37 of 100+ | Posted by: Gerald Lewis - McKinney, TX

“Thank you for so many wonderful memories, I'll always remember you.Sidney Burgin ”
38 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

Longhorn then, now and forever - Hook'em! “I was born in Austin the year Darrel Royal became the coach at UT, went there in '73, and I now have grandchildren. His legacy will continue after I...Read More »
39 of 100+ | Posted by: Mark Ayers - Liverpool, TX

“I started at Texas the same year as Coach Royal and he has brought me much joy over the years. Hookem Coach! ”
40 of 100+ | Posted by: Jerry Yandell - Tyler, TX

“To a man I never met. In the state of Texas where I was born & raised. The 2 universities I wanted to attend I could not. U of T & TCU. But I...Read More »
41 of 100+ | Posted by: Chris Slater - Arlington, TX

“Ray Lea ”
42 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“You made me want to go The University of Texas when I was in middle school which, I did go to The University from 1977-81 & graduated. Thank you. you...Read More »
43 of 100+ | Posted by: Brad Kent - Houston, TX

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
44 of 100+ | Posted by: Rebecca Holland - Mingo, IA

“May the God of all comfort give you strength and comfort during this difficult time. Psalm 147:3 ”
45 of 100+ | Posted by: - FL

“I was in my teens when we used to travel to the games, plus others we'd watch on tv. Truly a great coach that I've never forgotten. The wishbone was...Read More »
46 of 100+ | Posted by: Cliff Fambrough - Raymondville, TX

“Coach Royal, there will never another coach like you, you are a one of a kind. While I did not attend UT, I have been a Texas Longhorn fan since 1960...Read More »
47 of 100+ | Posted by: Pablo - Dallas, TX

“Darrell,Thank you for all you've done to represent Texas with class.Randy IzzardClass of 1977 ”
48 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Thank you for being a great coach, leader,example for the youth of the country. I always looked up to you growing up. I pray that you rest in piece....Read More »
49 of 100+ | Posted by: Bill Gillette - Lumberton, TX

“I graduated from The University in 1966. I was in a foursome in a golf tournament at Harlingen Country Club with Coach Royal. He helped us have a...Read More »
50 of 100+ | Posted by: Richard vaughan - Weslaco, TX

“Darrell and Edith,You have given much to me as student in 1958-63 and I will never forget the fight in your Longhorn teams. It was years later that I...Read More »
51 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Thank you or being a good football coach and a role model for our youth. Know your outstanding work at UT was appreciated. I went to your first...Read More »
52 of 100+ | Posted by: Mike Harris - Austin, TX

“Fine man and fine coach. ”
53 of 100+ | Posted by: Dave Hall - Texarkana, TX

“May God bless your family and may you rest in peace. You will be missed. ”
54 of 100+ | Posted by: Doug Grajczyk - Bellevue, NE

“I had the plesure to meet "Coach" at several events as I accompanied my nephew, Earl Campbell. I treasure his kind comments and admire his character...Read More »
55 of 100+ | Posted by: Lew and Pete Lewis - Plano, TX

“DKR is and always will be the foundation of our PRIDE we call Longhorns. A great man I've only was able to read about. However I feel honored...Read More »
56 of 100+ | Posted by: Johnny Vera - Weslaco, TX

“may god be with your family.Thank you for always being a class act. thank you for everything you did for the University of Texas. See you in heaven...Read More »
57 of 100+ | Posted by: DANNY KEELING - Dripping Springs, TX

“Having had the privilege of serving with Coach Royal on the Men's Athletics Council I had the opportunity to learn first hand how to get things done...Read More »
58 of 100+ | Posted by: Gary Polland - Houston, TX

“I meet Coach when I was a young man (12) at church with my Uncle Otis V. Koen who took the pictures for the University for many years. He asked me...Read More »
59 of 100+ | Posted by: Coy Koen - Plainview, TX

“Dad (Dave Smith) was the offensive line coach at SMU from 1963-1971. "You always measured your program by how well you played against them." UT...Read More »
60 of 100+ | Posted by: Greg Smith - Dallas, TX

“Goodbye to a true Gentleman and Longhorn statesman. Darrell Royal will be forever associated with the good ole days of college football. ”
61 of 100+ | Posted by: Christopher Hyatt - Golden, CO

“RIP coach Royal your the reason I watched my first college football game in 1976 ”
62 of 100+ | Posted by: Clint Davis - Livingston, TX

“I came of age with respect to football when Coach Royal arrived. In the 55 years that I've followed the Longhorns, I can truly say that the Royal...Read More »
63 of 100+ | Posted by: Barry Cohen - San Diego, CA

“Coach Royal will always be remembered and missed. He and his teams made my years at Texas even more exciting and fun. Although I graduated in 1964, I...Read More »
64 of 100+ | Posted by: Martha Gaskin - Houston, TX

“You've touched so many hearts and lives, and one can only admire the legacy that you leave behind that hopefully we can all emulate...God Bless you...Read More »
65 of 100+ | Posted by: Robert Bodine Jr - Austin, TX

“Thank you for providing such strong leadership for the state of Texas and Longhorn Nation. God bless you and your family. ”
66 of 100+ | Posted by: Paul Cagle - Houston, TX

“Thanks for making the game of footbal so great at UT but more important thanks for bringing such great character to UT and Texas. ”
67 of 100+ | Posted by: Jack Stephens - Houston, TX

“My father was a football coach who was of the same generation as DKR.Dad used examples like Coach and was quick with a tale or one liner with a...Read More »
68 of 100+ | Posted by: Robert P Sewell, Ed.D. - Garland, TX

“He was the reason I have been a Horn fan since 1959. My 5 yr.old son recognized himat a high school game in 1974. He tookseveral minutes to talk to...Read More »
69 of 100+ | Posted by: Edwin Dominey - Lufkin, TX

“Coach Royal, thank you for your class, dignity, and grace, and for all you did for the University of Texas. ”
70 of 100+ | Posted by: Paul Matney - Amarillo, TX

“I can not separate the name of the UT Longhorns from DKR. He'll live forever in my heart. ”
71 of 100+ | Posted by: Ruben Pizarro - Austin, TX

“Coach Royal was "The University of Texas Fottball Program." Without his leadership and vision athletics at UT would not be where they are today. Sad,...Read More »
72 of 100+ | Posted by: James Hood - Mons, Belgium

“RIP Coach. Thank you for all you did to make Longhorn Football so great. Gone but never forgotten. ”
73 of 100+ | Posted by: Scott Whiteley - Stephenville, TX

“Coach, I was at UT when you first came as our coach. You left an indelible mark of integrity. I'm still here as you leave us. A sad day, but I'm...Read More »
74 of 100+ | Posted by: Tom Leezer - Amarillo, TX

“It is difficult for me to absorbe Darrell K Royal's departure. ”
75 of 100+ | Posted by: Clarence Wilson - Austin, TX

“God Bless Coach. ”
76 of 100+ | Posted by: Frank Cisneroz - Houston, TX

“I was privileged to spend an evening with Coach Royal fairly early in his career at UT. As an undergraduate he had been a member of my fraternity at...Read More »
77 of 100+ | Posted by: Tom Stephens - Allen, TX

“May the LORD keep you and your family eternally in his loving care. Your friends and fans in New Mexico miss you already, ”
78 of 100+ | Posted by: Lawrence "Larry" Melancon - NM

“I come from a family with a long Longhorn tradition...PHDs, dentists, pharmacists. ..and devoted football fans.we love you, admire you, and will...Read More »
79 of 100+ | Posted by: Dr. Sylvia Carrizales Vela - TX

“Farewell, Darrell Royal. Your presence is missed. Your impact will last forever. ”
80 of 100+ | Posted by: Stuart Richardson - Newark, DE

“Thanks Coach for all the great Longhorn memories. You were a good man and a man who walked what he talked. You turned a lot of boys into good men...Read More »
81 of 100+ | Posted by: Jerry Grunden - Standish, ME

“I was in my second year at UT when they hired the Coach, and was at he SMU basketball game when he was introduced at halftime as the new coach. God...Read More »
82 of 100+ | Posted by: James Wallace - Longview, TX

“Coach put The University on the map for millions of people. He set an example for being the best, and people wanted to be like him. The came to UT...Read More »
83 of 100+ | Posted by: Margaret Denena - Austin, TX


84 of 100+ | Posted by: May God Bless Edith Royal and Family Beni Fleming Gerry Fleming Daughter - TX

“You made me want to become a Longhorn, will miss ya! ”
85 of 100+ | Posted by: John - Hermosa each, CA

“An Outstanding coach and Man. He brought many exciting and happy to me and my family. ”
86 of 100+ | Posted by: Bo Jordan - Plainville, GA

“Great memories, great person. You will be missed. ”
87 of 100+ | Posted by: David Snipes - Keller, TX

“What a pleasure it was to meet you at the 2005 Rose Bowl. What a great ambassabor to football and life you have been. Thanks CoachHook'emDoug...Read More »
88 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Thank you Coach for making The University of Texas as widely respected as it is today. Although I was not yet born while you were coaching, your...Read More »
89 of 100+ | Posted by: S T Norris - Austin, TX

“Hook'em in Heaven Coach Royal! ”
90 of 100+ | Posted by: Brenton Queal - Houston, TX

“I grew up in Seguin in the fifties and Darrell Royal was the only coach we knew for many years. He was an outstanding coach and a good man who was a...Read More »
91 of 100+ | Posted by: Carolyn Beck - Cypress, TX

“Coach Mrs Royal,Your husbands legacy will stand the test of time. I became an avid Longhorn fan and "bleed burnt orange" due to Darrell's gracing the...Read More »
92 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“I was born and raised in Austin and remember the days of going to games when Coach Royal was at the helm of the wishbone... and how Coach Royal was a...Read More »
93 of 100+ | Posted by: Billy Hendrix - San Antonio, TX

“I first started following Texas football during the Cotton Bowl when Texas "beat the hell out of Navy" and Roger Staubach, and has continued to this...Read More »
94 of 100+ | Posted by: Derek Van Gilder - Bastrop, TX

“Rest in peace, Coach, and your memory will live on in our hearts forever. Hook 'Em! ”
95 of 100+ | Posted by: Debra Lusk - Beaumont, TX

“Coach Royal, you will always be a shining light in Texas-thanks for the memories. ”
96 of 100+ | Posted by: Jerry Smith - Dallas, TX

“A truly great man! nuff said! ”
97 of 100+ | Posted by: Harold Sutton - Salado, TX

“There have never been any better men among us...and never will be. Hook 'Em Coach! ”
98 of 100+ | Posted by: Joe Ellis - Round Rock, TX

“Thanks for the memories. What a ride. ”
99 of 100+ | Posted by: Norman Hillegeist - Canyon Lake, TX

“Your family was such an important part of my childhood. I remember when you first moved to Austin so many years ago. What great times we had!! So...Read More »
100 of 100+ | Posted by: Margaret Rochs - Houston, TX


Darrell K Royal, 88, the winningest football coach in University of Texas history, died Wednesday from complications of cardiovascular disease.

Born on July 6, 1924 in Hollis, Oklahoma, Royal's childhood was one of poverty and hard work. After high school, he served in the Army Air Corps from 1943-46 during World War II, and played halfback with the Third Air Force Football team. He excelled also in basketball and baseball and received college scholarship offers in all three sports. He then played college football at the University of Oklahoma. Royal was an all-American quarterback and punter, and still holds OU records for the longest punt return and all-time career interceptions.

While he was at Hollis High, Royal met Edith Marie Thomason, "the only girl I ever cared about." The two were married on July 26, 1944, while he was on a weekend furlough.

In the early 1950s, he moved quickly up the coaching ladder, holding eight jobs in eight years. His first head coaching job was at Edmonton, Canada. Next he held head coaching positions at Mississippi State and the University of Washington.

When the 32-year-old Royal was hired at The University in December of 1956, he inherited a program that had gone 1-9 the previous season. He coached at Texas from 1957 through 1976. His record of 167-45-5 was the best mark in the nation over that term. His teams won eleven Southwest Conference championships, 3 national championships, and more games than any other team in Southwest Conference history.

In his 23 years as a head football coach, he never had a losing season.

His honors include membership in the Longhorn Hall of Honor, the National College Football Hall of Fame, and the coveted Horatio Alger Award. He was the first recipient of the Bear Bryant Lifetime Achievement award, and in 2006, Royal became only the 5th person in its history to receive the UT Distinguished Service Award. In 1996, The University of Texas Board of Regents voted to rename the football stadium Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium.

Following his diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease, he and Edith assisted with the establishment of the Darrell K Royal Fund for Alzheimer's Research.

Royal is survived by his beloved partner of 68 years, Edith Thomason Royal, his son, Sammy Mack Royal and daughter-in-law April, son-in-law Chic Kazen; grandsons Christian Kazen, David Kazen, and Sammy Royal; granddaughter Elena Royal Trombetta, great-granddaughters Isabella and Alexandra Kazen, and extended family Sadie Trombetta, Kendall Kazen, and the entire Kazen family. He is also survived by hundreds of "sons" who wore the burnt orange and white and will carry his legacy for generations. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Marian K Royal Kazen, and by his son David Wade Royal.

A memorial service will be held at the Frank C. Erwin Special Events Center, 1701 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78701, Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at 12:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Darrell K Royal Fund for Alzheimer's Research online at www.dkrfund.org or mailed care of Dallas Foundation 3963 Maple Avenue, #390, Dallas, TX 75219, or to the DKR 40 Acres Scholarship Fund at the Texas Exes, 2210 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, TX 78712.