Raymond Mel Maxfield, 64, of Cleburne, Texas passed away peacefully Sunday, December 11, 2022.
Born in Kenedy, Texas on October 30, 1958, he was the son of the late G.W. and Anna Belle Maxfield. Mel was a graduate of Gorman High School and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington where he lettered all 4 years for the Moving’ Mavs football team. He later received his master’s degree from East Texas State.
He dedicated 40 years to his life’s passion- football. He spent his career at multiple school districts; Weatherford ISD (8 years), Forney ISD (15 years), Burleson ISD (8 years), Amarillo ISD (9 years), and Monahans ISD (1 year) before retiring in 2019. Post retirement; Keys ISD (1 year) and Bangs ISD (2 years). Mel achieved over 250 career wins making him one of the most winning coaches in Texas high school football history.
Mel was a dedicated member of THSCA, winner of the 2006 Nike Coach of the Year award, winner of multiple UIL Coach of the Year awards, and recipient of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Tom Landry Award in 2016. He was a devout Christian and despite his incredible contributions to Texas high school football, his greatest pride in life was his family.
Mel is survived by his wife of 31 years, Jill Maxfield; children, Payton Maxfield of Rockwall, TX, Kylie Maxfield of Fort Worth, TX, Max Maxfield of Crested Butte, CO, and Reece Maxfield of Cleburne, TX.
He was preceded in death by his parents, G.W. and Ann Maxfield of Gorman, Texas.
The family appreciates the countless family and friends who have expressed their condolences and shared memories of Mel.
The family will honor Mel’s life and legacy with a memorial on Monday, December 19, 2022 @ 3pm in the sanctuary at Pathway Church in Burleson, Texas. 325 NW Renfro St, Burleson, TX 76028
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the Clay Jones Legacy Foundation P.O. Box 631 Forney, Texas 75126 OR The Maxfield Memorial Scholarship P.O. Box 8 Gorman, Texas 76454
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