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“It was a wonderful celebration of Don’s amazing legacy, and I thought it was especially appropriate that we closed the service by singing ‘God Bless America’ as enthusiastically as Don was known to do.”

Russ Meyer, Cessna Aircraft chairman emeritus, on businessman Don Slawson’s Friday memorial service

Oil and gas and real estate developer Don Slawson dies of Alzheimer’s complications

WICHITA — Longtime Wichita businessman Don Slawson has died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

“My father passed away early this morning,” says Todd Slawson, the youngest of three Slawson sons and Denver-based president of his family’s oil company.

Mr. Slawson was a fixture in the Wichita business community for decades.

“He was very much an entrepreneur,” says Jerry Jones, a commercial broker at Slawson Cos.

“He had a very strong passion for business,” Todd Slawson says.

After graduating from the University of Kansas with a political science degree and a minor in geology, Mr. Slawson worked briefly for a drilling company before starting his own oil and gas business in 1957.

“His love … initially was oil and gas,” Todd Slawson says. “He was one of the most active drillers in the state of Kansas for many years.”

Then, in the 1970s, Mr. Slawson began buying land in Wichita.

“As he would tell it, he saw … that he wanted to diversify his business,” Jones says.

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Chase Koch buys almost 70 acres near 21st and Greenwich, most likely for his new residence

WICHITA — When a business person buys a new house, it’s generally not news for the business pages.

Then again, when someone buys a major amount of land in a growing commercial area, it tends to pique the interest of business people — especially if that someone is a fellow business person with the last name “Koch.”

Chase Koch, who works at his family’s Koch Industries, has purchased almost 70 acres near 21st and Greenwich from Bruce and Sharon Brown.

Bruce Brown confirms the purchase, though he won’t discuss the details.

The Browns moved elsewhere in Wichita.

Koch bought their property for $3,065,000.

The land is just south of Don Slawson’s approximately 65-acre Cross Pointe commercial development, which is at the southeast corner of 21st and Greenwich. It’s across Greenwich from Slawson’s approximately 160-acre Oak Creek residential development.

Part of what makes this deal interesting is that the almost 70 acres Koch bought will remain residential.

The newly married Koch didn’t return calls for comment, but it looks like he plans to live in the house on the property.