Condolence & Memory Journal

Our prayers are with you and the family.

Posted by Raymond Morales - Hemet, CA - family   July 13, 2020

Posted by A friend   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.

Posted by 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. ❤✝

Posted by 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

Posted by Terri Estrada Mills - Friend   July 11, 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by María Elena Rodriguez - Austin, TX - friend   July 10, 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.

Posted by Herminia Donley - Spouse   July 09, 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.

Posted by Mary Donley Slover - Family   July 09, 2020

Posted by Mary Elizabeth Donley-Slover - Family   July 09, 2020

Dad you will greatly be missed

Posted by Mary Delfino - Daughter   July 09, 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

Posted by Evangelina Garza - Austin, U.S. Virgin Islands   July 09, 2020

You will be missed grandpa

Posted by Monica Donley - Grandchild   July 09, 2020

You will be missed grandpa!

Posted by Monica Donley - Grandchild   July 09, 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

Posted by Martin rios - Grandchild   July 09, 2020

A Wonderful man

Posted by Amanda rios - Family   July 09, 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

Posted by Jerry Silvas - Acquaintance   July 07, 2020

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Posted by A friend   July 07, 2020

When is Cow boy Dknkey rosary n funeral..a musician asks

Posted by Ortiz Lupe - AUSTIN   July 06, 2020


You will be missed
Donna Donley

Posted by Donna Donley - Del Valle, TX - family   July 06, 2020

One of the last times that
Las Estrellas performed with my dad in good enough health. Gonna miss him for sure.
Lupe Donley

Posted by Lupe Donley - Del Valle, TX - son   July 06, 2020


Posted by Alishia - SC   July 06, 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

Posted by Rosemary Morrow - Austin, TX - acquaintance   July 05, 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.

Posted by Devon - Fort Laud, FL   July 05, 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)

Posted by - Atlanta   July 04, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this difficult period.

Posted by A friend   July 04, 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

Posted by TD Stokes    July 04, 2020

condolences go out to the Donley family. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Taylor    July 03, 2020

So sorry for your loss, the Rhodes family are praying for comfort and strength during this time.

Posted by Carolyn and Johnnie Rhodes - Austin, TX - neighbor   July 02, 2020

My condolences.

Posted by A friend   July 02, 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.

Posted by Francisco Castruita - Austin, TX - acquaintance   July 02, 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

Posted by A friend   July 01, 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.

Posted by Lori Rios Torres and Family Daughter of Alex M Rios - Austin, TX - friend   July 01, 2020

Rest in Peace My Friend

Posted by Abel C Rodriguez,    July 01, 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

Posted by Al Martinez - Chicago, IL - student   July 01, 2020

Love you dad from your beautiful baby girl.Missing you so much.Your songs will live forever.

Posted by Dina Donley - Austin, TX - 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!

Posted by James Banish - Buda, TX   June 30, 2020

My condolences to the family...very safe to hear of his passing.. RIP.!

Posted by Esequiel Chavez - Santa Clara, NM - 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..

Posted by A friend   June 30, 2020


Posted by Robert Heath - Austin, TX - 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.

Posted by A friend   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.

Posted by A friend   June 30, 2020

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by james morales - san antonio, TX - 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.

Posted by Albert Olguin - hutto, TX - family   June 30, 2020

I had the privilege of playing with Manuel " Cowboy " Donley in the 70's and recorded a couple of 45's with his band . I played trumpet along with good friends Edward Coronado and also Albert Amesquita . God bless Phillip and his Dad for being a big inspiration in my tejano musical career .

Posted by Fred Ojeda - Austin, TX - friend   June 30, 2020

Sincere condolence to the Donley Family, May Almighty God in the Heavens comfort your lives with peace forever as he will be missed. Cherish the memories and legacy he left behind.

Posted by A friend   June 30, 2020

Prayers for peace and comfort for the family. May he Rest In Paradise.

Posted by Mary Martinez - Austin, TX - friend   June 30, 2020

I send sincerest condolences to the family for your loss. At this very sad time, may the God of tender mercies comfort you and the wonderful memories you share sustain you.

Posted by Mary - Neighbor   June 30, 2020

My condolences to the family . From Vicente nolasco Alonzo ( bajo sexto ) Conjunto Johnny Degollado and the Alonzo family

Posted by Nancy Alonzo - Del Valle, TX - friend   June 30, 2020

An amazing musical talent, he will be missed, heartfelt condolences to the Donley family, so very sorry for your loss, may God be with you all as you go through this very difficult time.

Posted by A friend   June 30, 2020

May the memories carry you through this very difficult time.My condolences to the family. May God fulfill his promise of binding up the brokenhearted. (Isa 61:1.)

Posted by Sue Hughes    June 30, 2020


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 Faith Perales - Bedford, TX   June 30, 2020

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Posted by Rick Gonzales - Raymondville, TX - friend   June 29, 2020