Murray Satterfield, 87, of Boise, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Boise.
Murray was born in Blackfoot on March 19, 1926. He graduated from Aberdeen High in 1944. In his senior year, he led the Aberdeen Tigers to a state basketball championship and broke the tournament scoring record, which was held for many years. He attended the University of Utah on a basketball scholarship.
In January 1945, he married Margaret Vanderford. Shortly thereafter, he was drafted by the Army and spent two years at Fort Bliss, Texas.
In 1950, he graduated from the University of Utah. He later received his master's degree from the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho. He had in his possession a Boston Celtics contract that he never signed. Murray played basketball in all three national tournaments, NCAA, AAU and NIT.
Murray started his coaching career in Wendell, Idaho. In 1958, Wendell was undefeated in football and basketball and won the Idaho boys state basketball championship. In 1961, he started coaching at Borah High School. In 1965, they won the state championship.
In 1965, he started coaching at Boise Junior College. He coached the Broncos from 1965 to 1973 during their transition from the junior college level to the NCAA Division I. Boise State went 134-77 under his leadership, had three 20-win seasons and made the NCAA Division II Tournament in 1970.
He later went to the College of Idaho from 1975 to 1978 and went 28-48 in three seasons. In 1986, Murray was inducted into the Idaho High School Activities Association Hall of Fame. In 2006, Murray and his 1958 Wendell basketball team were selected into the IHSAA Legends Hall of Fame.
Murray was an avid golfer and coached golf as needed.
He married Peggy Day in August 1971. They enjoyed their home in Cascade and each other for 30 years. She died in 2001. He continued to live in the mountains alone until he moved back to Boise in 2011.
Murray is survived by his brother, Dallas; sister, Gaye Robinson; children, Bob (Ruth) Satterfield, Jay (Anne) Satterfield and Carol (Tim) Severa; grandchildren, Rob Satterfield, Kristin (Mike) Gougler, Erin (Matt) Brill, Megan (Brad) Mowrer and Tyler J. Satterfield; and great-grandchildren, Jay Parker and Chase Alexander Brill.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Laura Satterfield; his sisters, Lila Neiheisel, Avis Huffman and Ethel Christensen; and brothers, Irvin, Lynn and LaVon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
or to the Murray Satterfield YMCA Youth Basketball Scholarship Fund, 1177 State St., Boise, ID 83702.
A memorial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at the Borah High auditorium. An open house commemorating Murray's life, friendships and achievements will follow at the Red Lion Riverside. Arrangements are under the care of Summers Funeral Homes, Boise Chapel.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Murray's memorial Web page at www.summersfuneral.com.