David Lee Shaw was born on May 29, 1930 to the parentage of Labron Shaw and Mildred Johnson. He enlisted in the Armed Forces as a young man. He was educated in Dallas Public Schools. His entrepreneurial spirit motivated his professional journey as a business owner early in his life and remained for the duration of his life. The enthusiasm and motivational spirit caused his life’s path to with many National Leaders including politicians, musicians, ministers and civic leaders.
His acknowledgements and recognitions include:
· 1990- 1995 Distinguished Service and Dedication Award from the Dallas County Appraisal Review Board
· Featured in Black Capitalists of America in Dallas. Dallas Morning News Front Page Story, 1982
· Profiled in Life Story of Success, Former ShoeShine Boy and News Boy Makes Good, Dallas Morning News, 1982
· 1980 Governor William Clements Outstanding Texan Award
· 1980 Honored by Fellow Citizens of Dallas
· 1977 Member of the National Association of 8(a) Government Contractors’ Board of Directors
· 1950 First Black Disc Jockey in Dallas Award
· 1949 KLIF Radio’s Community Outstanding Citizen Award
Professional Accomplishments: President Shaw Services Industries, Former President Pylon Salesmanship Club of Dallas, Former President Astro-American Construction Corp, President Shawco Inc. of Texas Service Corp., Former Director Dallas Crime Commission, Former Director National Association of (8)A Government Contracting, Washington, D.C., Former Director Dallas Negro Chamber of Commerce, Former Commissioner Texas Amusement Machine Commission appointed by the Governor of the State of Texas Confirmed by State Legislator.
David is survived by his wife of 30 years, Vickie Diane Shaw, Four sisters, Evelyn Louise Walker (Will), Mildred Thompson, Rose Mary Mosely, and Jacquelyn Ardella White, one brother Michael Laroy Gardner , nine children, Davie Shaw, Ronald Shaw (Veda), Francine Shaw Love (Shelby), Dwight Randle (Rolanda), Sheryl Peterson (David), Michael Shaw, Step-Children, Debra Hill (Joseph), Amelia Parker and Anthony Williams. In additional he leaves to celebrate his life a host of Grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and close friends.
Preceding him in glory are His mother Mildred Valerie Hall, sisters, Carolyn Elaine Okafor, Alice LaVenia Gardner and Lindalyn Renee Porter and one brother, Robert Earl Shaw.