Ken was born and raised in Houston (Jacinto City). Ken’s wife, Gayle, grew up in Texas City. They met at Sam Houston State Teachers College. Both have a degree in business and Gayle also received her teaching certificate and taught business, English, and math for a number of years before getting involved in teaching computer classes to businesses. Ken worked for Gulf Oil as a programmer after serving time in the Navy. He was stationed at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in their computer section. Most of his career though was spent in outside sales. He worked for several companies: Honeywell, Datapoint, Octel, Lucent Technologies (spun off of Octel) , Avaya (spun off of Lucent), then, after retiring, worked for Netversant as sales rep. He met up with Bill Cauthorn at church and worked with Bill in his real estate office. After that, Ken opened Arrow Realty.Ken moved to Dayton in 1998. Prior to that he and his family lived in the Champion Forest subdivision in Spring for 20 years and in the Spring Branch area for 11 years prior to that. They are not frequent movers. They have three children and four grandsons: Wendy, a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines (her husband, Richie Devillier and son, McCain, of Winnie); Keith, VP of Franchise Development for Fuddruckers (his wife, Bronya, and three sons – Parker, Dawson, and Garrett of the Woodlands); and Kevin (single, and working in real estate in the Houston market).
Up until this past year, Ken had a herd of Texas Longhorns at their ranch in Buffalo, Tx. That herd, incidently, was started by his purchase of 4 cows from the Blackie Graves herd here in Dayton and that was prior to their moving to this area. Small world, isn’t it. His plans now are to start another herd there but this time may go into beef cattle.
The Colemans enjoy spending time with their children and grandsons. Most of the grandsons are heavily involved in sports so they spend lots of time as spectators watching the boys participate. The grandsons especially enjoy hunting on their ranch in Buffalo. Traveling is also a favorite past time for the Colemans. They have been fortunate to have won many Award trips from Ken’s sales in the past and have continued to enjoy visiting other countries, as well as, many places in the U.S. Since Gayle finally got Ken to take a cruise (she had taken many with her sister), he has finally agreed that, that is the way to travel – you don’t have to move suitcases all the time – just wake up in another port and enjoy.
In working with the Liberty County Republican Party, Ken feels it is important that all areas of our county have an opportunity to be involved. If you will notice, the meetings are held quarterly but in different locations. One meeting will be in Liberty, then Dayton, then Cleveland to enable everyone to participate.