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 Wayne Duddlesten

Wayne Duddlesten

Birth
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Death 20 May 2010 (aged 80)
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Burial Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 52761373 · View Source
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Sports Magnate. He was responsible for bringing NBA basketball (Rockets) to the Houston-area. Duddlesten studied at the University of Houston and South Texas School of Law, before establishing his general contracting firm Tex-Craft Builders, Inc., which experienced successful growth throughout the country during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1971 he headed a small investor group that purchased the San Diego Rockets from Bob Breitbard, which led to the opening of the venue The Summit in 1975, as a result of the franchise's relocation. The Rockets played their home games at the Hofheinz Pavilion from 1971 to 1975, before The Summit was constructed. Houston previously had a professional team (Houston Mavericks of the ABA, from 1967 to 1969). During Duddlesten's proprietorship from 1971 until 1973, the team recorded fourth and third-place finishes in their division. Star players Elvin Hayes, Calvin Murphy and Mike Newlin were a part of the team's history during that period. In addition, he served as Commissioner of Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation from 1989 to 1991. He died following a lengthy battle with cancer.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 24 May 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 52761373
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wayne Duddlesten (12 Mar 1930–20 May 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 52761373, citing Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .