Funeral arrangements have been made for a longtime Wichita Falls business man.
Bobby Shaaf passed away on July 7th, 2015 at a hospital in Dallas. He was 70-years-old.
His business partner, Paul Clark said he had a defibrillator and had dealt with heart problems for years. Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse just three weeks before his passing. As Clark said, it all just came crashing down.
“It feels like I’ve got a hole in my heart and every time I walk by his office, it’s kind of hard,” Clark said.
Shaaf and Clark became close friends in the late 1980’s and eventually became business partners with Domain Real Estate Services. While Clark enjoyed having Shaaf as a mentor, he said he was much more than that. To everyone at the office, he was family.
“Bobby was like a big brother to me and always kind of schooling me on what needed to be done and what we should do,” he said.
Everyone Shaaf knew is holding on to memories they shared. Clark expressed that he has a lot of memories with him that he will cherish for the rest of his life.
“Driving around town. Talking about real estate,” he said, “Almost always getting killed because he was just a terrible driver.”
He explained Shaaf would always be looking at properties rather than keeping his eyes on the road, but it made them laugh. Clark will also remember going out to lunch with Shaaf and hearing the same stories over and over again, stories he wish he could hear one more time. However, something Clark will always hold dear to his heart is the dreams Shaaf made a reality for Wichita Falls. He said he always loved Texoma and believed in the future of the falls.
“The Super Walmart on Lawrence and Lowe’s and Natural Grocers and McAlisters and now the Burlington,” Clark said.
Shaaf had a hand in many projects throughout the city. The most recent is the Burlington Coat Factory. Clark said he was very proud of that project. However, the project Clark will remember doing with his was building the Crescent Village and Crescent Plaza Apartments. Neither of them had ever done apartments before, so it was interesting to say the least.
“He kind of came up with the idea and thought that we should do it and I thought he was crazy, but he was right,” he said.
Clark said he was right on a lot of things, but being right is not what he is praised for.
“Part of Bobby’s greatness was that he was not stingy,” Clark said, “I mean, he was very generous with his knowledge and the way things worked.”
It’s his mindset and knowledge the company plans to stick with. So, that way no matter what, he will always be with them.
For the time being, Shaaf’s wife, who is also a real estate agent, will help out at the Domain Real Estate office. Clark said he is not sure if he will partner up with someone else because no one could ever take his place.
The funeral will be on Friday, July 10th, 2015 at Floral Heights United Methodist Church. Services start at 10:00a.m. and everyone is welcome to come celebrate his life.