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Jerry F. D'Arcy


Jerry F. D'Arcy, (1921-2001), became a household name in Calgary after he arrived to stay from Oklahoma in 1954. Born in Texas, he became a Canadian citizen in 1961 and personified three traits of the western oil and gas community: entrepreneurship, sportsmanship and horsemanship.


Mr. D'Arcy owned and ran Can-Tex Drilling and Exploration from 1961 until 1999, when he sold the firm's drilling assets. While operating the business, he performed leadership roles with the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede and the Stampeder Football Club, built a country golf course, organized oilmen's tournaments, and served on the executive of provincial and national quarterhorse associations.


Mr. D'Arcy's first job was in sports. After serving in the United States Air Force in 1942-45, he attended the University of Tulsa then became its assistant football coach until he went to work for an Oklahoma oilfield contractor in 1954. The company, Arrow Drilling, promptly transferred him to Alberta. Mr. D'Arcy was a sounding board for ideas and an advisor to those in need in our energy community.


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