As you may have heard, my good friend and business partner Waymon McMackin recently passed on. Waymon’s life was Presco and he loved this company and his employees as if they were his own children. In addition he had a close relationship and deep devotion to many of Presco’s partners in distribution. He was an eccentric, larger-than-life man who impacted so many people with his life.
I was honored to become Waymon’s business partner and am honored to continue his legacy. The Presco team is and will be committed to making Presco your first best place to buy and our last best place to work, and we do so in Waymon’s honor.
By Jerrie Whiteley
Sherman’s business community suffered a loss this week when business owner Waymon McMackin died on Monday. He has operated Presco Products in Sherman’s east side since 1987.
“He was a great guy who had a great business sense,” Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said on Friday of Mr. McMackin. Magers, a former Sherman mayor, said Mr. McMackin took two empty buildings near downtown Sherman and turned them into a thriving operation. “He brought manufacturing back to downtown Sherman when it hadn’t been there in a long time.”
That manufacturing business started with Mr. McMackin’s grandfather decades before in Oak Cliff as a company that made stadia rods for the oil industry. When the oil field no longer needed his inventions, the elder McMackin adapted his business to one that sold roll flagging and other products. Three generations in, that company is still going strong in Sherman.
Waymon McMackin’s business partner Joe Hardt said one big reason for that was Waymon McMackin.
“He was an eccentric, larger-than-life” fellow who loved his employees like the children he and his wife never had, Hardt said. He said the company was still in Oak Cliff when Waymon McMackin took it over from his father. Waymon McMackin decided they needed to move and sent out letters to possible relocation spots. The offer he got back from Sherman beat the others and the company moved.
Once they settled, the company stayed put. “They have had a good run here, no reason to move it,” Hardt said. He said Mr. McMackin encouraged his employees to get involved in the community and he looked after them and their families.
Hardt said at one point Mr. McMackin said when he died he wanted the company to establish a scholarship program because he thought education was one way that people’s lives could really be improved. Hardt said he saw that it was important to his partner, so he said they should go ahead and get it started while Mr. McMackin was still alive. “We started it three or four years ago,” Hardt said referring to the scholarship that gives a 100 percent scholarship at Grayson College to the children of Presco employees.
“His life was Presco,” Hardt said. “He was big on second chances, we employ convicts,” Hardt added. “He hired people from MHMR (Texoma Community Center) because he wanted to help people and he was always thinking about how he could help.”
He was also thinking about cars a lot of the time. “He loved to tinker with them,” Hardt said of Mr. McMackin’s tendency to always have at least one special car in his driveway. “He had a Jeep that he put a 1,000-horsepower engine in and a Dodge Durango that he put a Viper engine in.”
Mr. McMackin is survived by his wife, Sharon, and his mother, Zeyphene. A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 8 at Presco, 310 North Montgomery in Sherman.