David McMahon Sr.
March 26, 1931 – March 23, 2016
David N. McMahon, Sr. of Fort Smith, AR. died March 23, 2016 due to complications of mitral valve failure. He received excellent care locally and at Cleveland Clinic. He was born March 26, 1931 in Clarksville to Donald James and Marguerite Dixon Tyson McMahon. He was the owner of Belle Point Beverages, Inc. and Belle Point Ranch. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, and a follower and patron of Subiaco Abbey.
David was a man of vision and integrity. He celebrated imagination, and worked to develop his innovative ideas. He eagerly served God, his family and his fellow man. He was a connector of people, a collaborator in projects, and a collector of friends. He embraced giving as an opportunity.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Ann McMahon; four daughters, Mary Lynn Holland and husband Marvin Holland, Jr. of Branch, Kathleen McGuire and husband Tim McGuire of Fort Smith, Julie French and husband Steve French of Beaverton, Mich., Susan Taylor and husband Rick Taylor of Lavaca; one son, David McMahon, Jr. and wife Tammy of Fort Smith. His 11 grandchildren are: Matt Holland and wife Marie, Aaron McMahon, Andrew Holland, Kerri McMahon, Allyson McGuire, Claire Taylor, Kimberly McGuire, Audrey Taylor, Christine Taylor, Timothy McGuire, Jr., Madeline Taylor, and one great-granddaughter Roselynn Jaymes Holland. His brother, Jim McMahon lives in Fort Gibson, Okla.; his brother, Tyson McMahon is deceased. The McMahons wish to recognize and thank so many loyal employees and business associates – present and past – who were truly family to David.
In 1936, David’s parents and their three sons returned to Fort Smith where his father was engaged in a wholesale grocery business. Ten years later, his father began distributing Anheuser-Busch products. David was educated at Immaculate Conception School, Fort Smith Public Schools, and Oklahoma A&M College in Stillwater. In 1953, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture, majoring in Animal Husbandry. While in college, David was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and served in the Army ROTC program. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army and earned the rank of Captain. His two years of active duty included one year in Korea. He served four years as an officer in the Army Reserve.
In 1955, David rejoined his family’s Anheuser-Busch distributorship. Upon his father’s death in 1965, he assumed leadership of the company now known as Belle Point Beverages, Inc. He served on the first Anheuser-Busch Wholesaler Advisory Panel from 1968 to 1971. This panel established the Wholesaler Equity Agreement, a standard of business that is still honored today. This year marks 70 years of exclusive partnership with Anheuser-Busch, providing sales and service to retailers in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
David married Mary Ann Lovoi in 1953, having known her since kindergarten. They raised five children on their 40 acres in south Fort Smith, educating them at I.C. School, St. Anne’s and Southside High Schools, in the 4-H program, the University of Arkansas and Oklahoma State University. Although David grew up showing gaited horses, he discovered a passion for purebred cattle in his college years. In 1975 the McMahons established Belle Point Ranch in Lavaca as a second family business. The ranch quickly grew to national prominence in the Angus breed. His children, their spouses and his grandchildren are all involved in the annual Angus production sale each spring.
David served on the American Angus Association Board of Directors, the first Board of Directors of Certified Angus Beef, LLC, and as Co-Chair of the Angus Foundation Leadership Cabinet.
In the local community he has provided leadership to the Subiaco Monastery President’s Council, Immaculate Conception Church Finance Committee, the Catholic Education Endowment Fund, serving as General Chairman, St. Edward Mercy Medical Center Board of Advisors, Sparks Hospital Foundation Board, and the University of Arkansas–Fort Smith Foundation Board.
He was a devoted contributor and tireless worker for youth development. In addition to employing hundreds of high school students over the years at Belle Point Ranch, he was passionate about Immaculate Conception School, 4-H, Boy Scouts, Junior Livestock Auctions, the Boys Shelter and Girls Shelter, and state and national Junior Angus Associations. Because he believed that youth programs shape individuals into productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow, he supported these programs, and many others, with his time, knowledge and checkbook.
He has been distinguished twice with Rotary International’s “Paul Harris Fellow” Award, as well as Oklahoma State University’s “Graduate of Distinction,” and the University of Arkansas Animal Science Award.
Should you choose to honor David’s memory with a contribution, the family has chosen six projects important to him that will be impacted by your generosity: National Junior Angus Show Endowment Fund, 3201 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, MO 64506; Immaculate Conception Church – Lighting & Sound Fund, P.O. Box 1866, Fort Smith, AR 72902; Subiaco Abbey – Student Aid Fund, 405 N. Subiaco Ave., Subiaco, AR 72865; UAFS Belle Point Ranch Scholarship, c/o UAFS Foundation, P.O. Box 3649, Fort Smith, AR 72913, Oklahoma State University Purebred Beef Center Endowment Fund, 400 South Monroe, Stillwater, OK 74074, and Mercy Health Foundation – Hospice Care, P.O. Box 17000, Fort Smith, AR 72917.
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