Tom Keener – Guest Contributor
Apr 8 @ 10:18 am
Douglas Box and the Original Southfork Ranch



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Tom Keener
300 N. Allen Dr.
Allen, Texas 75013

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Douglas Box and the original Southfork Ranch

The original Southfork Ranch for the famed television show Dallas was on Preston Road in Frisco and owned by the Cloyce Box family.   Hear Douglas Box discuss his recollections of one of Texas’ most famous ranches and the rise and fall of his family dynasty at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at the Allen Public Library.     


Douglas’s father Cloyce Box played professional football with the Detroit Lions from 1949 to 1950 and 1952 to 1954.  After the 1950 season, Cloyce was selected by the Associated Press (AP) as a second-team end on its All-Pro team. In 1951, he was recalled from inactive reserve status by the United States Marine Corps and missed the entire 1951 season. After being discharged from the Marines, Cloyce returned to play for the Lions.   


The Box family was once a formidable player in the Texas business world, controlling a diverse portfolio of public and private companies, especially oil and gas, cement manufacturing, and real estate. Following Cloyce’s sudden death and a litigious four-year family ordeal, Douglas led the sale of the family’s oil and gas business.


Today, Douglas is a certified family business advisor, author, and public speaker.  He helps clients with succession planning, corporate governance, dispute resolution, and family meetings.  Texas Monthly’s Skip Hollandsworth notes, “There is nobody more prepared to write the saga of a great Texas family than Douglas Box.  His legendary father Cloyce is like someone out of central casting.  And what happened to Douglas and his three brothers is something out of a best-selling novel.  Get ready to shake your head in pure amazement.”


In 2014, Douglas published, Cutter Frisco, Growing up on the Original Southfork Ranch.  In October of 2016, he published a more extensive memoir about his father called Texas Patriarch – A Legacy Lost.

Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the program is free.  The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr.  Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.