Parker County Today August 2016 - Page 78

SolisAd2016_245_Weatherford_6162016.pdf 1 6/16/2016 9:16:38 AM Leaders in 3D Mammography I don’t just want a Mammogram, I want Peace of Mind. C M Y CM MY CY CMY © Copyright 2016 Solis Mammography K Schedule at or Call (866) 717.2551 AUGUST 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY 20 locations across DFW including: 914 Foster Lane, Weatherford, Texas 76086 76 ber a time when motorists could drive from one city limit to the other in less than five minutes.  Don didn’t start his career at the station as the business owner; he started working there when it was a Gulf service station in 1972 owned by Curly Williams. When Williams retired in 1978, Don went from employee to owner and in 1987 changed the gas station’s name to Don’s Chevron. It was a good, successful business for 44 years before closing its doors. The station’s closing had nothing to do with a decline in business or a cash-flow problem, or any of the usual business maladies. What is Don’s secret for staying in business so long? Three simple factors: good service, being honest with the customer and, of course, friendship. So why close? It’s simply that Don has had enough of a good thing. He operated his business on his own terms for 44 years.  “There were three phases in my life: the teenage years, adult years, and the senior years. I’m in my senior years; I’m just ready to retire,” he said. It’s been nearly half a century since Don bought the place, and he’s ready to start a new chapter in his life.  “It’s probably 90-percent stress, 5-percent work and 5-percent fun,” Don said. He has been married for 47 years and works six days a week. The last time Don and his wife spent an entire seven days together was in 1978. “Somebody probably needs to pray for us,” he said with a goodnatured chuckle. He doesn’t need to worry because love is a strong bond and it’s shared with Parker County. A benefit of being in business so long is that you’re bound to make memories. One December, Don made more profit than in any other month since. Summer months are usually best for business. “I have no explanation for it,” he said. One of Don’s fondest memories was when he helped a customer, a lady, with a problem that had little to do with fuel or engine issues. “A lady pulled up one day for a state inspection. I was in front of the bay. She pulled up right there, she was in a pickup and a copperhead