Obituary: Dan Coleman of Zarsky Lumber
Dan Russell Coleman was a lumber industry executive, community leader, Air Force veteran and father. He died at his home in Victoria, Texas, May 25 at the age of 82.
According to his obituary notice, he was born in Waxahachie, Texas on May 8, 1931 and moved to Victoria, Texas in 1936, when his father accepted a management position with Zarsky Lumber Co.
In his youth, he swept up at the lumberyard, sold Cokes to the employees and customers, and was a Boy Scout. He graduated from Victoria College in 1951 and entered the Air Force during the Korean Conflict and served from 1951 to 1953.
He attended Texas A&M for a short period of time and soon joined his father at Zarsky Lumber in 1953. He became the manager of the Victoria location in 1975 and eventually rose to president and CEO. Coleman led the company’s growth to its current ten locations.
He was the president of the Lumbermen’s Association of Texas in 1979 and was awarded the honor of Lumberman of the Year for the state of Texas in 1984. He served on the board of directors for the Wayne, Pa.-based Lumbermen’s Merchandising Corporation.
He was also president of the Victoria Homebuilder’s Association in 1971 and was named Builder of the Year in 1970. For a number of years he was a managing partner of Coleman Roth Homes. He served on the South Texas Savings board of directors for a number of years and was its chairman of the board for two years. Coleman was active with the Suburban Kiwanis Club and was its president in 1966.
Because he was so fulfilled by his career, he had few hobbies, but he was always ready for travel. He had been to all 50 U.S. states and had visited at least four other continents. Additionally, he had some ranchland that he greatly improved over the years and raised a few head of cattle. His weekend daytrips to his ranch continued until as recently as two months ago.
He is survived by his wife Melba Jean Cooper Coleman, to whom he was married almost 54 years, his daughter, Cally Coleman Fromme, her husband Travis, and their children Karoline and Coleman.
Cally Coleman Fromme followed her father’s career path into the lumber industry. An executive at Zarsky, she was elected chairman of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) in 2011.
Arrangements are being made for a private burial this week followed by a memorial service held on Friday, May 31st at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Victoria.
Donations are welcome at First United Methodist Church and Trinity Episcopal School.
ABC Supply earns recognition for workplace
Beloit, Wis.-based ABC Supply is celebrating its seventh consecutive year as a “Gallup Great Workplace Award” selection.
The award recognizes the best-performing workforces in the world. The company is one of only 32 worldwide to receive the 2013 award and one of only three to have received the award every year since its inception.
“We want to be the very best in our industry,” said Diane Hendricks, ABC Supply co-founder and chairman. “To do that, we need to have the best associates – people who believe in our mission and share our commitment to providing the best customer service.”
CEO David Luck added that the company’s Gallup-measured associate engagement scores continue to show improvement, setting a new record in 2012.
The Gallup Great Workplace Award includes an evaluation by a panel of workplace experts who compared each company’s results to those of other companies all over the world. The award is based on multiple criteria, including response rates, overall engagement levels and evidence of engagement’s impact on performance.
People in the News: New president for Parr Lumber
The Parr Lumber Co. board of directors has appointed James Boyer president of the company and its subsidiaries.
“I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to lead this remarkable organization during a rapidly evolving and exciting time in our industry,” said Boyer. “The Parr Co., the customers and partners have been such an important part of my life; I am looking forward to the new role and additional opportunities to serve this company and the customers.”
Boyer was previously Parr’s director of yard operations and assumed the role as president of Parr Lumber April 29.
In addition to his responsibilities at The Parr Co., Boyer serves on several community boards and was inducted into the Ronald McDonald House Charities Hall of Fame in 2011.
“His record of philanthropic involvement is well known amongst our valued customers, suppliers and the Portland business community,” said Nancy Cranston, Parr board of directors chair.
The search by Parr Lumber for a new president was launched in late 2012.
“Jim has an impressive resume, evidencing the knowledge, experience and commitment necessary to lead the positive growth and further success of The Parr Co.,” said David Hamill, current Parr CEO.
Hamill will remain as the CEO through 2013, while assisting in the transition of Boyer and developing business strategies. Hamill will continue to serve The Parr Co. as a member of the board of directors.
The Parr Co. consists of six distinct companies that provide building solutions and services: Parr Lumber Co., Parr Cabinet Design Center, Cascade Wholesale Hardware, NSC, NSCi and Parr Marketing Group.