City of Conroe and Conroe EDC Remember Life and Legacy of Don A. Buckalew

By: City of Conroe
| Published 07/07/2023


CONROE, TX -- The City of Conroe and the Conroe Economic Development Council (CEDC) join the Conroe community in celebrating the life of Don A. Buckalew, a community leader and successful businessman, who offered an unwavering commitment to economic development. His contributions continue to have a profound impact on Conroe's economy.

"Don Buckalew was a leader and the very definition of a responsible corporate citizen. From the Lions Club to the Conroe High School Booster Club, First Baptist Church to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Mr. Buckalew made a difference. He was known for saying, 'Eggs and Chevrolets are cheaper in Conroe,' and he personified the small-town Texan stereotype in the best way possible. He cared for his family, church, business and community. Conroe is a better place because Don Buckalew lived here." Conroe Mayor Jody Czajkoski.

Founder of Buckalew Chevrolet in Conroe, Buckalew was a CEDC Board Member from its inception until his passing and also a former Board Chairman. His guidance and leadership were critical to attracting and retaining businesses in Conroe. Buckalew earned the inaugural Economic Development Champion award from the CEDC in May 2022 for his contributions to economic development.

"Mr. Buckalew has been a dear friend and advisor to me for as long as I have been associated with the CEDC. He set the community leadership standard to which I aspire. I will miss him very much." Steve Pilgrim, CEDC Board Chairman.
As one of a few private investors that bought 50 acres for Conroe Industrial Park in the 1980s, Buckalew championed the economic development vision we advocate today. When the citizens of Conroe passed the half-cent sales tax for economic development and formed the Conroe Industrial Development Corporation, Buckalew was appointed by the City Council as one of the inaugural board members.

"Mr. Buckalew rolled up his sleeves and sculpted a vision for an industrial tax base in Conroe. That gift alone is an enduring legacy, but he will be most remembered for how much he poured into the community he loved. We are better because of him." Danielle Scheiner, CEDC Executive Director.

The City of Conroe and CEDC offer its deepest condolences to the Buckalew family and all who mourn his passing. Buckalew's legacy will continue to impact Conroe positively, and his name and numerous contributions will be celebrated for years.