Ron Meyer

  • Born: February 17, 1941
  • Died: December 5, 2017
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Ron Meyer

Former head coach of SMU, Patriots and Colts…

Ron Meyer, former head coach of SMU, New England Patriots, and Indianapolis Colts, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, according to The Associated Press. He was 76. For full coverage and obituary from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Cindy, Elizabeth, Kathryn, and family,
I was so saddened to hear of Ron's passing. It has been so long since our paths have crossed. I have fond memories of him having a larger than life personality who really cared for those around him. I will cherish the memories our families spent together at holidays and other family events while in Carmel / Indy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Rob Newton - Fishers, IN - Family   December 23, 2017

A belated condolence to Cindy and the family. A great coach and a wonderful person. It was my pleasure to work with Ron

Posted by ALBERT(Al) TANARA - HENDERSON, NV   December 21, 2017

Our condolences to the family for your loss. May God give you strength and comfort at this difficult time. He will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. (Psalm 147:3)

Posted by A friend   December 21, 2017

We Miami Dolphins fans will never forget Coach Meyer and his snowplow. Condolences and wishes for comfort to his family and friends.

Posted by Mitch Baxter - Alexandria, VA   December 16, 2017

Dear Cindy:

I don't know what to say other than I wish I could give you a hug and a bottle of Trefethen Chardonnay or two like we shared at Thanksgiving at your house in Las Vegas in 1994. Ron taught me a lot... and the brief relationship that my father and Ron had on the B.C. trip was a classic one!

Thanks for hosting me at Thanksgiving that year. Let me know if this site needs any support to keep it up permanently.

He was worried more about you than anything else at the end of the 1994 season as he should have been.

That is a sign of a loving husband.


Matthew J. McKinley

Posted by Matthew McKinley - Mount Holly, NC - coworker   December 15, 2017


Many blessings to a great coach, such sadness hearing of his passing

Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   December 14, 2017

Please know that Ron was always so kind to me and shared some great stories on our Purdue sports oriented website We will be posting a couple of different tributes to Ron tomorrow.
Alan Karpick, Publisher

Posted by Alan Karpick - West Lafayette, IN   December 13, 2017

We are just so sad to learn of Ron's passing. What a great guy he was. He would always oder a pizza and beer for my wife and I at Union Jack's in Indy. 1985- 91 . We all loved football and Ron's love of the game and his family was boundless. We would like to extend our profound sorrow to all of Ron's family and many friends.

Posted by Stu and Mary Shepp - Naples, FL   December 12, 2017

My deepest sympathies to the family on your loss. There are no words that can ease the pain of losing someone so beloved. May you find comfort and peace in knowing that your loved one is in God's memory because those who pass on are precious in his eyes. (Psalms 116:15)

Posted by A.Marie    December 12, 2017

To the family. I send my condolences. May you find comfort in each other and in God's loyal love and in his promises. Psalm 119:76

Posted by A friend   December 11, 2017

My sincere condolences at times such as this,few words of comfort maybe all that you can bear,so rely on God of all comfort and he will comfort you every morning in times of distress Isaiah 33:2.

Posted by Sidney Jones - CA   December 11, 2017

To the family of Ron Meyer, please accept our sincere condolences. We are so saddened to hear of your loss. Ron was an amazing and talented individual. May the God who binds up the brokenhearted and comforts all who mourn sustain your family during this challenging time. (Isaiah 61:1, 2)

Posted by Franklin Family - Chicago   December 11, 2017

Heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and friends during this difficult time. It's times like these when the loving promises of our Heavenly Father can bring us comfort and can soften some of the pain we feel in our hearts. May God grant you guidance, strength and peace during your time of sorrow. (1Thessalonians 4:13,14)

T. Sterling

Posted by Terrone Sterling - Tarboro, NC   December 11, 2017

RIP Coach, very good man, first class in every way!!
Thanks for lots of things!!!
Pat Jones, Tulsa, ok

Posted by A friend   December 10, 2017

In my thoughts and prayers!

Posted by Adriana Hemphill - Rosharon, TX   December 10, 2017

Dear, Cindy, Elizabeth and family my most sincerest and deepest condolences to you all. Thankful that I had the pleasure of meeting him a great man! May God give you the strength to go through this diffult time. May he RIP.

Posted by Adriana Hemphill - Rosharon, TX   December 10, 2017

Dear Cindy,
We are so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. We very much enjoyed our time with you in Indianapolis with the Colts. He will be greatly missed. Great man.
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Art and Bonnie Rettig

Posted by Art and Bonnie Rettig - Indianapolis, IN   December 10, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Posted by - Ellenwood, GA   December 10, 2017

I was shocked when I heard of Coach Meyer passing away. For as long as I can remember, I've always followed the Mustangs when they were in the SWC. He was an awesome coach for SMU. I never met the man, but have always had the utmost respect for him. My deepest condolences go out to his family and closet friends. God Bless the Meyer family.

Posted by Tim O'Shea - Euless, TX   December 09, 2017

My condolences to Cindy, the girls, Ron's boys, Vic, Trish and Karen Sue. Ron will be sorely missed by football and family. I am most grateful to Ron and Cindy visiting my Mom, Ron's Aunt Margaret, to express their last goodbyes. It meant so much to Mom as she loved her nieces and nephews dearly. She was always bragging about Vic, Ron, Trish and Karen Sue. She was so proud of their accomplishments and the lovely and caring people they had become, against all odds.
May Ron rest in eternal peace with his dear Mom and Margaret.
He was a great man that did good.
Nancy Cleary and Jody, Beth and Trish.

Posted by Nancy Cleary - Concord, CA   December 09, 2017

Dear, dear family: I don't expect you to remember a buffoon like me. I taught Physics at Carmel High School when Mr. Meyer's daughters were within my department, learning.

My 19 year-old autistic daughter told me of the death of Ron. You know kids of autism: they notice every last detail. She's a huge Colts fan and broke the news to me, a few days ago. Such indescribable sadness. I had no words to say at that moment, and still no words now.

This world has lost an amazing family man. Family man. Not many live up to the humbleness and integrity of Mr. Meyer.

To the Meyer family: I weep with you. With much sincerity, Janet Youngpeter Schwarz

Posted by A friend   December 09, 2017

Heard from Cousin Amy about Ron's sudden death. I called and messaged the rest of the California family

Posted by Joe Dyke - El Cajon, CA - Family   December 09, 2017

I'm saddened by the passing of Coach Meyer. I want to Thank him for what he did for me. I was a Parade All-American and could have gone to any college but I chose Baylor because my Father played there and my Mother went to school there and my brother was at school there at time of commitment. Coach Meyer had been to my house in Texas City twice. I often wonder what would have happened if I'd gone to SMU.
My Mother asked me to write thank you letters to all the coaches that had visited our house. I did. Coach Meyer was the only one to write back.

He later hired me at the Indianapolis Colts. I wish I could have told him this in person.

God Bless,
Kevin Hancock

Posted by KEVIN HANCOCK - MISSOURI CITY, TX - friend   December 09, 2017

My deepest sympathy is with the family on the loss of your loved one. May it comfort you to know that he will return to the days of his youthful vigor as promised at Job 33:25.

Posted by MMC - MI   December 09, 2017

May the God of all comforts be with friends and family 2 Cor 1:3

Posted by A friend   December 09, 2017

We are all in agreement that Ron made this world a better place with his love of the Lord, his positive attitude, encouraging words for everyone! His love for Cindy, his beautiful daughters, their husbands and of course precious grandchildren! His laughter was contagious! He was a joy to all who knew him!
His love of country!
He will be so missed by everyone!! Rest In Peace loved on! On second thought, get that party ready for when we are all together in Heaven! We love you
our lives have been enriched, prayers and blessings always! Larry, Steve, Debbie and Lynne

Posted by Larry, Steve, Debbie and Lynne    December 09, 2017

My heart is broken for you, Cindy, and your family!!! Ron was truly a special person and loved life...sending you all thoughts, prayers, courage, and hugs!! Love from Dave and Rita Willis

Posted by Rita Willis - Plano, TX - Friend   December 09, 2017

So very shocked to hear about Ron. I feel very blessed to have had him as a friend. No doubt he will be well liked in Heaven, and first on the tee when gets there.

West Hilzer

Posted by A friend   December 09, 2017

Became fast Friends with Ron then Cindy when they moved to Austin. Gold Bless this family.

Posted by brad massey - austin   December 09, 2017

As 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.

Posted by SUE ANN - LA   December 09, 2017

Sorry for your loss. May you find peace and hope in the difficult days ahead by trusting in God. Romans 15:13.

Posted by Martha    December 09, 2017

Sorry for your loss. May you draw comfort from the scripture at Ecclesiastes 9 : 5 that show your loved ones a resting in peace.

Posted by A friend   December 09, 2017

Posted by D.H    December 09, 2017

Ron led a charmed life. Beautiful wife and family. Exciting career surrounded by
happy and supportive friends. Never a dull moment from the Pony Express to the
Las Vegas Posse. Loved every moment.
Our sincere condolences to you, Cindy and your dear family.

Cynthia and Lester Melnick, Dallas,Texas.

Posted by Cynthia and Lester Melnick - Dallas   December 08, 2017

May God's love embrace the family and friends of Aron Meyer
As they remember the passion he displayed
My prayers are with you during this time

Posted by J - GA   December 08, 2017

All of the Dyke family members here in California extend our deepest sympathies to cousin Cindy and the rest of the family. Please know that you all are very much in our thoughts and prayers. We have such wonderful memories of the time we spent with you all in Malibu when you were out in California for a family vacation. I was delighted to discover that Ron and I shared a mutual love for good cigars--another indication to me that he enjoyed life and valued each and every experience. On behalf of Aunt Marge, and cousins Joe and Susan, I offer our condolences and prayers.

Posted by Jim Dyke - San Diego, CA   December 08, 2017

May the God of all peace bring comfort to Meyer family and friends at this difficult time.

Posted by Carlotta    December 08, 2017

I played for Ron when he coached the Patriots. We got along very well. I was surprised when he was fired and I never saw him again. I often thought about him. He was a good person ,fair,great coach. I'll always have fond memories of him. I will not be able to attend the services but I'm deeply saddened. My condolences to the Myers family. May Ron Rest In Peace.

Posted by Raymond Clayborn - Katy, TX   December 08, 2017

To the Meyer Family, Ron was such a special friend to us. Lots of fun and "America's Guest". We will miss him greatly. Love and comfort to you all.
Jane and Allan Huston, Dallas, TX, Dec 08, 2017

Posted by Jane & Allan Huston - Dallas,, TX - Friend   December 08, 2017

I played in a golf tournament with Ron 10-15 years ago. I was as nervous about it as could be. Ron was one of the nicest, friendliest people I ever encountered. It was the most enjoyable times playing golf I can remember. I'm sure he would not have remembered me, but I will always remember him and that day.
I'm sorry for his family and so many friends for the loss of this nice man.

Posted by JOHNNY ROSS - CORSICANA, TX - Acquaintance   December 08, 2017

I remember coach Meyer from his time at UNLV. Was bummed when we lost such a great coach but he was destined for bigger things.
Condolences and best wishes to his family and friends.

Posted by Mike - Las Vegas, NV   December 08, 2017

We worked for Ron at AAI, and we were lucky enough to get to know him off the field. He treated us with respect and always made us laugh. Hugs to Ralph - Julie Carter, Deanna Bryant, and Jackie McCown

Posted by Jackie McCown - Carrollton, TX   December 08, 2017

Elizabeth, We send our deepest condolences to you and your family. I only had the pleasure of meeting your father once. He was gracious, humorous and larger than life. Respectfully, Dan and Ellen Cartwright.

Posted by Dan and Ellen Cartwright - Houston, TX   December 08, 2017

To the family of Ronald Shaw Meyer. May the love of family and friends comfort you. Blessed are they that mourned: for they shall be comforted.

Posted by CC - Michigan   December 08, 2017

Cindy, Our thoughts and prayers are with and your family. We have such fond memories of you all when we were with the Patriots!

Posted by C BRYANT - Austin, TX - Friend   December 08, 2017

May Coach Meyer rest in Peace. I played for Coach in 1973/74 at UNLV. Coach Meyer took a 1-10 team and in two years we amassed a 12-1 record! I loved playing for Coach because he Demanded Excellence from his players!He was a Tremendous Leader!God Bless the Meyer Family!

Posted by Scotty Orr - Las Vegas, NV   December 08, 2017

So sorry for the loss of your loved one Mr. Meyer. May the special memories of your loved one help you to cope during this mournful time . Matthew 5 : 4 .

Posted by - Katy , Tx .   December 08, 2017

Cindy, Vic, Patti, Susie & Kids

We are so sorry about the loss of our Cousin, Ron. We were always so proud of all of his accomplishments he had made. I will never forget going to the exhibition game in Tennessee with Aunt Mary. Such great memories. He was such a great brother, husband, father and grandfather. The Harsha/Meyer families were better families because of him. Thanks for all the good times and memories. You will be missed.

Diane Fichner Hankins
Linda Fichner Jones

Posted by Linda Fichner Jones - Grove City, OH   December 08, 2017

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by A friend   December 08, 2017

My family and I pray that the family and friends find peace and comfort in the hope of seeing their loved ones again. -Jeremiah 29:11

Posted by A friend   December 08, 2017

Sorry about the loss but wish the familes well. .


Posted by mathis. - g   December 08, 2017

To The Family Of Ron Meyer
My condolences to the family on the loss of your dear beloved one. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Meyer's, from what I heard about him he was a wonderful person with a lot of personality. May the God of all comfort,comfort you and grant you peace now and in the days ahead.

Posted by R. C. - IL   December 08, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with the MEYER FAMILY in their time of grief. May 'God' give you strength during this most difficult time.
-Psalm 29:11

Posted by RC.    December 08, 2017

May the peace of God be with you.

Posted by Phil. 4:6, 7    December 08, 2017

May the family receive the comfort and love from fellow family and friends and discover the true answer to the reason for death and tragedies of life. You will be surprised at the answer and that there is a true remedy. Ron Meyer can be restored to life with you.

Posted by Mrs. K. Jackson - IN   December 08, 2017

May the family find peace and comfort in knowing all sickness, all pain and death will one day be gone for this has been promised.

Posted by A friend   December 08, 2017

To the family and friends: Sorry to read about this sad time, my sympathy goes out to you. May the God of comfort give you strength.
Psalm 29:11

Posted by A friend   December 08, 2017

My condolences to the Meyer Family,friends, fans for the loss of your dear husband, father, grandpa and friend ~ Ron. May the hope that God's word gives us for those we lost in death be comforting, faith building and encouraging to you (John 6:40) ~ Linda, Queens, NY

Posted by A friend   December 08, 2017

Truly saddened to hear about Ron Meyer. How comforting it is to know that he will return to the days of his youthful vigor, for this has been promised. Job33:25

Posted by A friend   December 08, 2017

Truly saddened to hear about Ron Meyer's passing. His fine legacy will surely be remembered. I hope to meet him in Paradise! Luke23:43

Posted by A friend   December 08, 2017

My deepest condolence for your loss. Rest assured life is precious to our Creator. He promises to act in our behalf.
1 Corinthians 15:26

Posted by christian    December 08, 2017

Cindy and family, I am so sorry to hear about Ron...I really didn't know you guys were living here. I feel so proud that I met all of you during the SMU days and the Colts. I will never forget all of our times together in Dallas with Steve Endicott and all the other coaches. God Bless you and your family.

Posted by Cindy Gustafson Schott - Austin, TX   December 07, 2017

If you put 20 strangers in a room with Ron for a half hour, they'd all walk out thinking he was there best friend. He just had the ability to put you at ease. Terrific charismatic guy. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Posted by Rick Van Dalen - Lakeway, TX   December 07, 2017

Cindy and family, our hearts go out to you in this time of grief. May the Lord strengthen and comfort you. Ron was a long time friend and school mate of mine. He will be missed.

Posted by Ginny Brookhart - Pinellas Park, FL - Friend   December 07, 2017


Posted by Sammy Bickham Sr - CARROLLTON, TX   December 07, 2017

My sincere condolences to Cindy & his family. Coach touched so many lives & inspired our football program in Melissa to strive for excellence eventually winning a State Championship. I'll never forget all of the golf matches & fun times he blessed us with. May he Rest In Peace and birdie every hole in heaven!!

Posted by Doug Zadow - Melissa, TX   December 07, 2017

My sincere condolences to Ron's wife children and grandchildren really sorry for your great loss. N.s

Posted by A friend   December 07, 2017

Coach Ron Meyer and I grew up together at Purdue University. We were teammates football roommates and academic classmates. I will forever remember how he developed the promise of an athletic scholarship into an outstanding career as a player, coach, and leader of men. My wife Sandie I will always keep the memories that our family shared close to our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family especially today. Sorry unable to attend. God bless all.

Posted by Ray Schultz - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   December 07, 2017

I'm so sad to hear of Ron's passing. Memories of growing up in Westerville Ohio come flooding back. My thoughts and prayers to the whole Meyer family.

Posted by Patt Jennings Rede - albuquerque, NM - Classmate   December 07, 2017

Ron was a special man.He was my student host when I visited Purdue in 1963.We have been friends ever since.He had an enthusiasm that was infectious and lighted up the room where ever he went.You were an amazing impact on him and he was devoted to you.I am forever grateful for our relationship and he was always afriend at the other end of the phone.He helped me get my first fulltime job at NIU and we enjoyed our times working together..I will miss our conversations and I will have you and your family in our Prayers.

Posted by john luckhardt - mcmurray, PA   December 07, 2017

Cindy, we are so sorry to hear about Ron. I will always remember all the fun times and how nice you both were to us and everyone you met! Hope to see you some time- come to VA for a visit. We would love to see you. Julie & Cliff

Posted by Julie Baker - Richmond, VA - Friend   December 07, 2017



Posted by R D - SC   December 07, 2017

Thinking about you and your family Cindy. The Higgins send there love and condolences ❤

Posted by Lucia Higgins - Las Vegas, NV - Friend   December 07, 2017

Please accept my condolences on the loss of your love one.

Posted by A friend   December 07, 2017

Thinking about you and your family. So many good memories in Dallas . Ben Russ' mother.

Posted by Trisha Lyons - Amarillo, TX - Friend   December 07, 2017

Ron was a special man.He was my student host when I was a recruit in1963.We have remained friends ever since. He helped me get my first job at NIU in1970.We have enjoyed so many experiences over the years that I truly am thankful for..He loved to laugh and his energy created an atmosphere in every situation he encountered. I will miss him and our phone calls and advice. God Bless you and your family. He was the best.Loved him

Posted by john luckhardt - mcmurray, PA   December 07, 2017

Cindy, may you feel God's loving embrace during this time of sorrow. Ron's beautiful smile, sense of humor and kind spirit is what I will remember most about him. My family will continue to keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers. We were all truly blessed to have him touch our lives.

Posted by Tracey Lazorik - Austin, TX - Friend   December 07, 2017

Coach Meyer thank you for coming to SMU and creating a new enthusiasm and spirit. Playing for you
was a wonderful experience that I have cherished all my life. Even though those first two years were
losing efforts you put us to work and we felt a part of building something for the future. Know that you
will be missed and those memories on the Hilltop will never be forgotten.

Posted by Harris Brownlee - Mt. Pleasant, TX - Friend   December 07, 2017

Remembering what a great big brother he was to my dear friend Patti. His personality would make them smile and light up a room!
To all the family, may your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Hell always be smiling down on you and heaven gained another angel!
Michelle Regnier LeCrone

Posted by Michelle Regnier LeCrone - Marblehed, OH - classmate   December 07, 2017

My late wife, Kate (SMU '76) and I (SMU '75. '81 and '88) were walking in Highland Park one day when Coach Meyer and a couple buddies came jogging by. We were so pleased that he smiled and said Hi to us. We attended every home football game during those days. They are sweet memories for me. Thanks, Coach Meyer!

Posted by Greg Cain - Houston, TX   December 07, 2017

It was a privilege to serve as PA Announcer at SMU during Ron's Coaching tenure. He had a winning
attitude that was contagious to all around him! May God Bless Ron and the Family

Posted by Bill Melton - Estes Park, CO - Friend   December 07, 2017

Ron taught me one of the best lessons I have used through out my life , Never give up and never ever quit. Its never over . When Ron came to SMU I had just finished my Freshman year when Dave Smith got let go. All these young coaches showed up lead by this guy that seened like a talking evangelist. He put us through some test before the next season which almost my whole recuited class quit. We had 10 Seniors my last year "The Hard Way Ten" . You will be missed and I feel fortunate to have been able to call him Coach.

Posted by sid Greehey greehey - San Antonio, TX - Friend   December 07, 2017

Ron-I will be missing my high school buddy-I will always remember our last phone conversation when you were coaching the Pats-Tons of great football and basketball memories and memories of the Banshees-R.I.P my fiend and prayers for the family -Don Eccles

Posted by Don Eccles - Winsted, CT - Friend   December 07, 2017

"I had so much respect for Ron. Not only as a coach but what a great guy he was.We played together in a golf tournament in Dallas, and I barley missed a hole in one with my driver. He told me it was the best golf shot he had ever seen. Rest in Peace Ron" - Kyle Fair, Friend, Plano,TX Dec 07, 2017

Posted by Kyle Fair - plano, TX - Friend   December 07, 2017

Coach Meyer gave me my first opportunity to coach on the college level at SMU. I'll be forever grateful for that chance. Ron will be missed by many. I'll always remember that smile and his charisma.

Posted by Larry Walker - League City, TX - Coworker   December 07, 2017

I just caddied for Ron at a First Tee event two weeks ago, so sorry for your loss of a fine gentleman.

Posted by Ken Brown - Cedar Park, TX - Friend   December 07, 2017

I am very thankful for having known Coach Ron Meyer. His arrival as our head coach at SMU brought a level of enthusiasm and hard work that ultimately resulted in great success on the football field. Through the years my path continued to cross with Coach Meyer and he always took time to visit. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Posted by Cleve Hardman - Gonzales, LA - friend   December 07, 2017

Ron will be very much missed by all of us who were fortunate enough to have known him

Posted by Ron Massa - Lakeway, TX - Friend   December 07, 2017

Cindy and Family,

Ron will be sorely missed. He was a wonderful person, loved by all.

Posted by Mike Stengle - Plano, TX - Family Friend   December 07, 2017

Cindy, you and Ron were so good to me when I was a junior staffer at the Patriots- I have never forgotten and am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Phil Lynch - Zurich - Coworker   December 07, 2017

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