LAS VEGAS - The University of Wyoming men's basketball team announced Wednesday the Cowboys will wear a commemorative patch on their jerseys in honor of Mick McMurry, who died Tuesday, for this week's Mountain West Championships at the Thomas & Mack Center. The black circular patch will feature the initials MM in white to pay tribute to the McMurry family.
"Mick was more than just a donor to the University of Wyoming and the athletics department, he was an icon to the state," UW Athletics Director Tom Burman said. "He was a friend and mentor to many of our coaches, while student-athletes and staff alike knew who he was. His passing has deeply impacted us and we want to help pay tribute to the man we all cared so much about."
A Casper, Wyo., native, McMurry was a graduate of the University of Wyoming and served in Vietnam before going on to become one of the state's leading oil and natural gas pioneers. He helped spearhead the development of the Jonah Field and Pinedale Anticline into two of the largest natural gas fields in the country. He used the resulting fortune to become one of Wyoming's greatest philanthropists and businessmen. McMurry and his wife, Susie, donated to many organizations in the state and specifically helped UW athletics with several major facility upgrades and numerous smaller projects.
McMurry was 69.