1979 ZACHARY 2023


August 14, 1979 — November 22, 2023

Fort Worth

Zachary Dean Muckleroy, 44, along with his two children, Judson, 12, and Lindsay, 9, passed away on Wednesday night, November 22, 2023, as the result of an automobile accident near Johnson City, TX.

A Celebration of His Life will be held at 4 pm Friday, December 15, in the Sanctuary of University Christian Church. 2720 S. University Drive. He will be laid to rest privately with his children in Greenwood Memorial Park. Arrangements have been made for overflow seating to attend services thru a live stream at University Baptist Church, 2720 Wabash Ave., and the TCU Kelly Alumni Center 2820 Stadium Drive.

Born August 14, 1979, Zach was the son of Pat and Harold Muckleroy Jr and was a lifelong resident of Fort Worth. He graduated from Arlington Heights High School in 1998 where he was an All-District Tight End for two years. He graduated from TCU in 2002 and was a proud part of the 1998 TCU Football team that beat USC in the Sun Bowl. Coach Dennis Franchione said, “he loved having Zach as a part of his team because he raised the overall GPA of the football team!”

Zach interned for Austin Commercial Construction Company while attending TCU and upon graduation began his career with Vaughn Construction in Houston. He later worked for Trademark Property Company, James R. Harris Partners in Fort Worth, and Endeavor Real Estate Group in Austin.

Zach eventually joined the family business, Muckleroy & Falls, in 2009. He was named Partner in 2013 and CEO in 2021. He and business partner Taylor Hale purchased the company in 2021 as the two Founding Partners transitioned into retirement.

Zach and Taylor grew Muckleroy & Falls presence in Fort Worth, Dallas, and Austin and continued nurturing and growing the culture of the company which has been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work” for the past seven consecutive years. Zach loved the M&F family as well as the architects, developers, and subcontractors that M&F worked with for many years. Muckleroy & Falls was recognized as one of the largest commercial contractors in Fort Worth and Dallas by the Fort Worth Business Press and The Dallas Business Journal. “Growing the Company” was a goal that Zach and Taylor achieved together. Their collective drive and relationship driven personalities enabled M&F to expand market segments well beyond Tarrant County / Dallas County.

During his career, he was recognized as a member of “40 under 40” and a board member of Make-A-Wish Foundation. He served TCU as Vice President of the National Alumni Board, Director of The Premier Frogs Segment of the Fort Worth Alumni Board, and as a Board Member of The Frog Club. He also served as the Chair of the Elders at University Christian Church, and he  was an integral driver of the current Renovation for the Cornerstone Campaign at UCC.

He was introduced to his wife Lauren by Jim Dow, a pledge brother, who married Lauren’s twin sister, Melanie. Jim and Zach were very close before he met Lauren, and they became even closer as brothers-in-law.

He coached Judson and Lindsay’s sports teams, including soccer in which he was a novice. Above all of his achievements in his community and profession, Zach was a proud and devoted father and husband.

Zach loved watersports, snow skiing, fishing, and Horned Frog football. He was particularly fond of saltwater fly fishing. He and his friend Tommy Taylor fished the Texas, Louisiana, and Florida coasts on many occasions. With his brother, David, Zach fished Borracho Pescador at Port O’Connor each fall benefitting charities related to finding a cure for Rett Syndrome. Zach was a proud member and served the Fort Worth Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) in numerous capacities.

His “tailgate talents” with a countless number of Horned Frog friends were legendary. The spirit and energy of these events powered The Horned Frogs to exciting Big 12 and nonconference football victories.

He and Lauren recently purchased property on Possum Kingdom Lake, and Zach poured his heart into making it “The Place” for his family and friends! He loved being on the water with Lindsay, Judson and Lauren as much as possible. He also loved being on the water with other friends who also had places, boats,.

Zach is survived by his wife, Lauren Muckleroy; parents, Pat and Harold Muckleroy; father-in-law David Johnson, and mother-in-law, Debbie Johnson; grandmothers, Sue Muckleroy and Ellen Saunder;, sister, Alyson Gasper and brother-in-law, Steve Gasper; brother, David Muckleroy and sister-in-law, Madison Muckleroy; sister-in-law, Christina Westfall and brother-in-law; Jay Ellwanger; sister-in-law, Melanie Dow and brother-in-law, Jim Dow; brother-in-law, Stephen Westfall and sister-in-law, Lindsey Westfall; brother-in-law, Jon David Johnson and sister-in-law, Heather Johnson; brother-in-law, Jeff Johnson; and 15 nieces and nephews. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and University Christian Church Cornerstone Project. A scholarship in Zach’s name is being established to be awarded to a “walk-on” football player at TCU. Details on how to contribute will be announced later in the week.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family, in Zach's memory, please visit our flower store.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of ZACHARY DEAN MUCKLEROY, please visit our flower store.


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