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Frank Carl Muir
1942 - 2022

Frank Carl Muir, 79 of Panhandle, passed June 27, 2022, surrounded by his children, and holding the hand of his bride of 57 years.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at The River in Panhandle. Graveside services will follow in Panhandle Cemetery.

A gathering will be afterward at the Fellowship Hall of The River. There will be a family and friend visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at Minton-Chatwell Funeral Home in Panhandle.

Frank was born Sept. 12, 1942, to Jean Blue (Fite) and Glenn Muir, he was raised in Canadian, and graduated from Canadian High School in 1962. He married his childhood sweetheart, Marcia Crowell, on Nov. 21, 1964.

Frank was a lifelong educator. He received a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Panhandle State University and a master’s from East Texas State University. He coached basketball at Mobeetie and Quitaque, and basketball, football, and elementary P.E. at Panhandle. He went on to become elementary principal at Panhandle Elementary and West Texas Elementary. He was superintendent of schools at Wildorado and Kress. He supervised alternative certification and student teachers during his retirement. He was a friend, mentor and a servant leader to his former students, co-workers, and many other educators around the area.

Known as “Puff” to all, he was a member of Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo and loved the Lord, his family, and the community of Panhandle. He had nicknames for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, as well as many of his students and friends. He was an amazing storyteller and could tell a good joke, even though he often started giggling before he got to the punch line. He loved being outdoors, whether in his backyard or by a stream or lake. He loved fishing and spent most of every summer in the mountains of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado camping with his entire family. He enjoyed cooking on a chuck wagon team with some of his best friends, traveling to Fort Worth for competitions. Puff never missed attending an event that his kids or grandkids were participating in. Coach Muir loved the Panthers and relished in the successes of his former students and players. Since Puff loved nothing more than sitting and visiting with family and friends, everyone is invited to share Puff stories and “Puffisms” during visitation and following the graveside service at the Fellowship Hall of The River.

He is preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Glen Fite; in-laws, Erbin and Louise Crowell; and sister, Susan Brewer.

Puff is survived by his wife, Marcia, whom he always introduced as his bride; children, Amy “Cricket” and Ron Griffith of Canyon, Cindy “Cinnamon” and John Lieb of Pringle-Morse, and Douglas “Swish” Muir of Panhandle; grandchildren, Brett “Scamp” and Annika Spalding, Craig “Judge” Spalding, Scott “Ike” and Kelsey Spalding, Molly “Eegee Bell” Lieb, Kate “Sugar Bell” Lieb, Cooper “Topper“ Lieb, Hayden “Spike” and Susanna Muir, James “Slick” and Kasey Muir, Casey “Casper” and Lindsey Muir, and Shawna and Donovan McKeown; great-grandchildren, Olivia and Stellan Spalding, Vincent Spalding, Holden and Hailynn Muir, Rhyan, Preston, and Noah Muir, and Miles, Kate, Emily, and Maggie McKeown; brothers, Bill and Sue Muir of Amarillo and Bobby Fite of Altus, Okla.; sister, Glenna Muir of Edmund, Okla.; sister-in-law, Mary Hall of New Boston; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of extended family.

In lieu of flowers his memory may be honored with a gift to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at www.tinyurl.com/prestoncff or Panhandle ISD libraries at PO Box 1030, 79068, or your local school library.