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.