April 18, 2019
Allen Public Library - Civic Auditorium
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, TX 75013
Douglas Box and the original Southfork Ranch
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Douglas Box discusses his recollections of on of Texas' most famous ranches and the rise and fall of his family dynasty.
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.