Texas Patriarch

A Legacy Lost

Douglas D. Box
Cloyce Box was larger than life. He left his career as a Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Detroit Lions to rise to corporate fame and extravagant wealth in construction and the oil and gas industries. His sprawling estate in Frisco, Texas, was used as the original Southfork Ranch in the television soap opera Dallas. Cloyce ran both his companies and his family with a firm hand and inextricably linked the two by raising his sons in the business. When he finally passed, he left a wake of collapsing relationships at home and in the boardroom. 

Texas Patriarch is the taut family saga of four brothers’ struggle to determine the fate of the empire built by their father. In his long shadow, they fought over money and power, nearly destroying both the business and the family. After quarrels and litigation, they finally managed to rediscover each other and the importance of family.

Author Doug Box, son of the Texas Patriarch, has made a career from this experience, guiding families through turmoil to retain both their wealth and their connections with each other. Now, you can witness his journey to avoid similar turmoil.

Douglas D Box is an author, speaker, mediator, and family business consultant. Doug brings personal experience to his understanding of family dynamics, helping families with succession planning, corporate governance, dispute resolution, and family communication. Doug has also entertained audiences around the country at wealth-management conferences, trade associations, and family-business forums. He also serves as a guest lecturer at a number of universities on the topic of family business management.

In September of 2014, Doug published his first book, Cutter Frisco: Growing Up on the Original Southfork Ranch. Doug has been featured in a number of newspaper and magazine articles and has appeared on network television and radio.

The youngest of four sons, he grew up and worked in his family’s oil & gas business. Doug received an MBA with honors from Baylor University, and a master of arts in dispute resolution from Southern Methodist University. He also holds a certificate in family business advising from the Family Firm Institute, in Boston. As an undergraduate, he obtained bachelor degrees in business administration and radio–TV–film from the University of Texas at Austin.

Doug lives in Dallas and has three children.