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Manuel “Cowboy” Donley was a Tejano music legend called “The Godfather of Tejano Music.”

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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Jun. 29, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
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Our lady of Guadualupe Catholic Church
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July 13, 2020
Our prayers are with you and the family.
Raymond Morales
Family
July 11, 2020
July 11, 2020
Sylvia, my deepest sympathies to you, Barbara, Phillip and the rest of the family. May he Rest In Peace and forever live in your hearts and memories.
Susan Karnowski
Friend
July 11, 2020
Manuel was a warrior and will be sorely missed. Minnie and family members took wonderful care of him. Rest In Peace Manuel. ❤✝
Michael and Carol Delfino
Family
July 11, 2020
Mary and Sylvia, my deepest condolences on the loss of your dad. My memories of when we came together as the all girl band and your dad helping us with the music and arrangements for performances I will always cherish. He is a true legend and Im so grateful I had the opportunity to experience the love of music with the Donley family, so early in our years. May the Lord grant him eternal rest, peace and joy in His holy and glorious presence. And may the Lord bring His comfort and peace, that only He can give, to you Mary and Sylvia and your families. God Bless you all in this difficult time.
Terri Estrada Mills
Terri Estrada Mills
Friend
July 10, 2020
God bless you cousin Sylvia and all the family. I will always treasure the short time we spent as musicians. Your dad was a remarkable musician and will always be remembered. Stay safe and never forget he is now in peace with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Dora Corpus
Friend
July 10, 2020
Sylvia, Julia and the entire Donley Family...our deepest condolences go out to you all. May your fondest memories of him bring you all some comfort. Our thoughts & prayers are with the Family.
Stanley & Mary Torres
Family
July 10, 2020
Deep heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Manuel Donley. May the God of tender mercies and of all comfort strengthen and sustain his family and many friends.
Mike C
July 10, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to the Donley familia for the loss of your father. Austin lost a humble and great Artist. May he Mr.Donley rest in Eternal Peace. From the familia of Esteban Steve Mendoza Sr.
María Elena Rodriguez
Friend
July 9, 2020
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Joellen Carlin
July 9, 2020
I will miss very much. I will always remember when I would put you to bed you would always tell me you loved and that God was going to bless me for taking good care of you. I wish I could have bought more time for you. Just know I tried.
Herminia Donley
Spouse
July 9, 2020
Dad, I'm happy that you are now with all those you've missed. I was honored to have been your 1st born daughter. I carry your memories with me till I meet up with you. You were so fortunate that have lived your life doing what you were most passionate about. I should be so lucky. I know you are with me at any moment if I need to talk with you. Your spirit is boundless. I hope you're enjoying your time in Heaven Dad. We'll meet up again. Oh, and keep practicing your guitar and make all those around you joyful. Love you.
Mary Donley Slover
Family
July 9, 2020
Mary Elizabeth Donley-Slover
Family
July 9, 2020
Dad you will greatly be missed
Mary Delfino
Daughter
July 9, 2020
Manuel Donley left us with a legacy of incredible and beautiful Musical arrangements to bring us earthly joy. Thank You, Lord! My condolences to all his family members on your profound loss. Praying for you, Evangelina Garza
Evangelina Garza
July 9, 2020
You will be missed grandpa
Monica Donley
Grandchild
July 9, 2020
You will be missed grandpa!
Monica Donley
Grandchild
July 9, 2020
Boy oh boy what is there to say about my grandpa. I have to many memories with him grandpa i miss you alot thank you for everything you showed me in life. I promise to make you proud and keep your legacy going thru your great grandkids evangelina Izabella and marty III. I see you on the other side grandpa
Martin rios
Grandchild
July 9, 2020
A Wonderful man
Amanda rios
Family
July 7, 2020
Our sincere Condolences to all the Family.

Also Thanks to Cowboy for allowing or giving many musicians our opportunities to play music. His knowledge of music was incredible from classical to rancheras.
Thank you Cowboy
Jerry Silvas
Jerry Silvas
Acquaintance
July 7, 2020
Mr. &amp; Mrs.<br />Manuel Donley
July 7, 2020
Mr. &amp; Mrs.<br />Manuel Donley
July 7, 2020
July 7, 2020
July 6, 2020
When is Cow boy Dknkey rosary n funeral..a musician asks
Ortiz Lupe
July 6, 2020
You will be missed
Donna Donley
Donna Donley
Family
July 6, 2020
One of the last times that
Las Estrellas performed with my dad in good enough health. Gonna miss him for sure.
Lupe Donley
Lupe Donley
Son
July 6, 2020
Alishia
July 5, 2020
I was fortunate to meet Manuel "Cowboy" Donley when we were both on dialysis. When he came in, the lady in the next chair asked if I knew who he was, and I did not. I soon learned who he was and am grateful to have had the privilege to see him three days a week until I was blessed to receive a kidney transplant. He was always quiet and unassuming, and many people had no clue of his legacy.

Thank goodness for opportunities to hear Mr. Donley perform live. I attended the Austin History Center event at Wooldridge Park, and I heard him and his daughter at El Gallo several times, taking family and friends to hear them. When he won the national award, I was thrilled to say that I knew who that person was. I am thankful for my autographed CD.

Prayers and sympathy go to the family. You have many fond memories and music that will live on. It is my good fortune to have known a true Austin and Texas legend!

In sympathy,
Rosemary Morrow
Rosemary Morrow
Acquaintance
July 5, 2020
HAs the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Devon
July 4, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and fans on the loss of this master of Tejano music. His legacy lives on. God will comfort and sustain you as you mourn this tremendous loss because he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:6,7)
July 4, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this difficult period.
July 4, 2020
Donley Family,
Please accept our condolences on the loss of your loved. May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss
TD Stokes
July 3, 2020
condolences go out to the Donley family. So sorry for your loss.
Taylor
July 2, 2020
So sorry for your loss, the Rhodes family are praying for comfort and strength during this time.
Carolyn and Johnnie Rhodes
Neighbor
July 2, 2020
My condolences.
July 2, 2020
I had the privilege to meet and play for Manuel. He gave a sweet and humble spirit while he talked to me and while listening him play he's guitar. He will be missed. Rest in Peace.
Francisco Castruita
Acquaintance
July 1, 2020
W are saddened for the loss of your dearly beloved Father. May the God of tender mercies and all comfort be with you all during this most difficult time. We know that you all must be so very proud of your Fathers accomplishments and his great music legacy, touching the lives of many people!!!



MJ, Brandon Mississippi


July 1, 2020
So many memories of you Mr Donley. First of all , you played at my wedding back in 1990 as my dad (one of your best friends) walked me to my groom. You were attended dads birthday parties and played with him. You also took the time to spend some time with my youngest son after my dad passed who inherited the gift of playing guitar. Our family will never forget you. May you Rest in Gods Hands forever at peace. Our deepest condolences to all friends and family of Manuel.
Lori Rios Torres and Family Daughter of Alex M Rios
Friend
July 1, 2020
Rest in Peace My Friend
Abel C Rodriguez,
July 1, 2020
My deepest condolences to his family i didnt know who he was but i have lived all my life in Chicago Illinois but i was born in Eagle Pass Texas i love tejano music so again my deepest condolences to his love ones including his fan
Al Martinez
Student
June 30, 2020
Love you dad from your beautiful baby girl.Missing you so much.Your songs will live forever.
Dina Donley
Daughter
June 30, 2020
Cowboy donley was born to play mucic.I spent countless nights at his home in east austin texas and late at night it would be just him and I while he played for hours.Thank you for the music!
James Banish
June 30, 2020
My condolences to the family...very safe to hear of his passing.. RIP.!
Esequiel Chavez
Friend
June 30, 2020
God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's...My heartfelt condolences to the family's..
June 30, 2020
Robert Heath
Family
June 30, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family. May you find comfort in your treasured memories of Your loved one and May God continue to comfort you in the days, months and years ahead.
June 30, 2020
Many thoughts and prayers to the Donley family, very sorry for your loss, may God strengthen and comfort you. So many are so grateful for the music, thank you.
June 30, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
james morales
Family
June 30, 2020
Manuel you were a great legend and excellent musician and an exceptional contributor to the Tejano music world, you were one of a kind and made us all proud. May you R.I.P. cuz, God bless.
Albert Olguin
Family
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