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Self-made oil and gas billionaire T. Boone Pickens has died, according to multiple reports. Pickens, who founded Mesa Petroleum and BP Capital, was 91 at the time of his death. 

Pickens made a name for himself as a businessman and a philanthropist, and was often quoted that his purpose on earth was “to make money and give it away.” All told, Pickens donated about $1 billion to charity in his lifetime, much of that going to his alma mater, Oklahoma State University.

However, the small-town boy from Holdenville, Oklahoma, left several marks on the Texas real estate market, including his incredible Wilson Fuqua-designed Preston Hollow mansion at 9434 Alva Court, which was sold by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Ryan Streiff.

Pickens spent a large amount of his fortune on his Mesa Vista ranch, which was the location of his wedding to his fifth wife, Toni Chapman Brinker. He put the ranch on the market in December of 2017 for $250 million, a paltry sum it seems for a property he developed for nearly half a century. The ranch, which started as a 2,900 acre tract, totals almost 65,000 acres and is located outside of Pampas, Texas.

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Highly-respected Dallas architect Phillip W. Shepherd Sr. died Thursday, July 11, 2019, a longtime family friend confirmed to CandysDirt. He was 77.

Reared in Graham, Shepherd graduated with a degree in architecture from Texas Tech University in the 1960s. He began his firm, PWS Architects, in 1963.

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When you look at the current landscape of Uptown Dallas, you’d be hard pressed to find a place Shepherd didn’t influence as an architect. His portfolio is long and varied, and includes such Dallas mainstays as The Crescent Hotel and the Mansion on Turtle Creek.

In Dallas, he collaborated with other architects and builders to craft buildings that would honor Texas history, but also put a distinctly contemporary stamp on places the city (and its visitors) would come to work and play. (more…)

Memorial Services for Tom Greico are Wednesday, January 30th at 2:30 p.m.

Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75243

Tom Greico Memorial Scholarship Established

Tom Greico’s legacy to North Texas is felt not only in the aesthetics of the many Dallas homes he designed and built, with the signature modern style he created, but on the campus of his beloved alma mater. To honor that legacy, friends and family have started the Tom Greico Memorial Scholarship. Gifts to this scholarship will help aspiring architects in UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, pursue not just the dream of a college degree but Tom Greico’s inspiration and incredible love for architecture and home building. It is the hope of Tom’s loved ones that the recipients of this scholarship accomplish as much as Tom did during his incredible life and career as one of the best builders in North Texas.

Tom left us on January 12, 2019.

Follow this link for more information or to make a pledge.

For additional information, please contact Brady Minor, associate director of development for university initiatives, at Brady.Minor@uta.edu or 817.272.9375

We here at CandysDirt.com are still mourning the abrupt, shattering loss of renowned builder Tom Greico

Tom, a Dallas Builders Association Honored Life Director, a CandysDirt.com preferred builder and founding partner of this website, an eclectic Dallas figure, and a brilliant home builder who pioneered modern vision in many Dallas neighborhoods when most of us were just learning what transitional meant, died Jan. 13. 
 
As Phil Crone, Executive Officer of the Dallas Builder’s Association wrote, “Because Tom Greico brought light to every room he entered, his passing is especially difficult to convey.”
 
For those who wish to honor and celebrate the life of such a wonderful man and accomplished businessman, funeral services have been planned for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Restland Funeral Home.
 
“It is particularly difficult for us here at CandysDirt.com. I have personally known Tom Greico for years, meeting him early in my career as a real estate reporter,” said CandysDirt.com founder and publisher Candy Evans. “I toured his first homes in Midway Hollow and East Dallas, and heard him describe what he was creating with a passion few home builders possess, probably due to the fact that he was both an architect as well as a homebuilder. There was a methodology to every angle, and nothing was impossible.  Tom had a zest for living and for life, which was translated into his homes. He was also one of the most gracious men you could ever meet. He was naturally happy and brought out the best not just in, but for, everyone he was around.”
 
 
We regret to inform our community of the passing of Tom Greico, a Dallas Builders Association Honored Life Director, a CandysDirt preferred builder and founding partner of this website, an eclectic Dallas figure, and a brilliant home builder who pioneered modern vision in many Dallas neighborhoods when most of us were just learning what transitional meant.
 
As Phil Crone, Executive Officer of the Dallas Builder’s Association wrote, “Because Tom Greico brought light to every room he entered, his passing is especially difficult to convey.”
 
It is particularly difficult for us here at CandysDirt.com. I have personally known Tom Greico for years, meeting him early in my career as a real estate reporter. I toured his first homes in Midway Hollow and East Dallas, and heard him describe what he was creating with a passion few home builders possess, probably due to the fact that he was both an architect as well as a homebuilder. There was a methodology to every angle, and nothing was impossible.  Tom had a zest for living and for life, which was translated into his homes. He was also one of the most gracious men you could ever meet. He was naturally happy and brought out the best not just in, but for, everyone he was around.
 
 
The truth is, Tom loved designing and building homes more than anything. He was a 1983 graduate of the school of Architecture at the University of Texas.
 

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Caroline Rose Hunt, oil heiress, daughter of legendary oil wildcatter H.L. Hunt, and the woman who pioneered Uptown in Dallas, has died at age 95. She was a Dallas-based philanthropist, hotelier, author, real estate investor, world traveler, gourmet, entrepreneur, mother of five, grandmother of 19 and great-grandmother of 23.

Caroline Rose Hunt was also once the richest woman in America.

She died Tuesday night after suffering a stroke on Halloween, Oct. 31. Our thoughts and hearts are with her family.

“My mother changed the complexion of the city,” said her only daughter, Laurie Harrison. “She bought land in an area that nobody wanted to be in and created The Mansion on Turtle Creek. She took something that was historical and made it useful and beautiful. She took 13 acres that was a car lot and created The Crescent — one of the most beautiful Philip Johnson buildings in America. My mother lived three or four lifetimes in one. She was something else.”

That she was. Caroline Rose Hunt was one of the most important women in Dallas real estate. If her father, H.L. Hunt, had a capacity for finding oil, Caroline Hunt knew how to find dirt and make it sing. I had the pleasure of interviewing her for a story I wrote in 2010 on the Crescent’s 25th anniversary. (more…)

Word came early today that Allie Beth Allman & Associates executive vice president Jack Jacobs, adoring father and husband to luxury real estate powerhouse Doris Jacobs, father to their two beautiful powerhouse daughters, passed over the weekend. Jack, who passed away early Sunday morning, June 10, losing his four-year battle with pancreatic cancer. 

“We cannot imagine a life without him, for he always lit up the room with his dashing looks and quick wit, and was completely devoted to his family,” said daughter Teffy Jacobs. “He will be missed and never replaced — he was truly one of a kind!”

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