Samuel Duke Laney

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Samuel Duke Laney, 85, of Denton passed away at his home on Saturday, October 25, 2013.

Sam was born April 10, 1928, in Denton, to Samuel Milton and Jewel (Hart) Laney. He married Maydell Matthews on June 20, 1953, in Denton.  Maydell passed away on February 9, 2005.

Sam was a graduate of Denton High School. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Texas. He was a local Denton businessman as a partner in the family-owned Nash, and then later, Lincoln-Mercury car dealership. Sam later worked and retired as an accountant for the City of Denton Utilities Department. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Rotary Club, and Masonic Lodge, and he sponsored multiple scholarships benefitting UNT's College of Education. He was also an avid ham radio operator. Sam loved traveling and was able to visit what he referred to as "the biggies" in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and Israel.

Mr. Laney is survived by two sons and daughter-in-law, James Duke Laney of Denton and Samuel Mark Laney and his wife Mary Margaret of St. Joseph, Missouri. He has one granddaughter, Jordan Meredith Laney of Fort Worth, and a brother, Daniel Milton Laney of Austin.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home, 705 N. Locust, Denton, TX. The funeral service will follow on Friday, November 1 at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel of Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home, with Reverend Dr. Fred Cassell officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the UNT Foundation, Samuel Duke Laney Scholarship Fund, 1155 Union Circle #311250, Denton, TX 76203.On line condolences may be left at


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