TEMPLE, TX — McLane Group Chairman and Former Walmart Vice President Drayton McLane Jr. is remembering his friend David Glass.
Former Walmart Inc. Chief Executive David Glass, who owned the Kansas City Royals for nearly two decades before selling the franchise last fall, died Jan. 9 of complications from pneumonia.
He was 84.
"Elizabeth and I are profoundly saddened; our hearts go out to his family and innumerable company and baseball friends," said McLane. "Personally, I will miss our weekly conversations because David Glass had a huge impact on my life.”
In his statement, McLane says the two had "been pals dating back to the time when McLane Company was a food and logistics supplier to Walmart. Our friendship deepened over decades; in fact, he first suggested that our family purchase the Houston Astros."
He says Glass "stood for honesty, integrity and winning the right way."
Glass' family said he was dealing with health issues for some time before his death.
A memorial for Glass will be held Jan. 27 at Northwest Arkansas Fellowship Bible Church in Rogers, Arkansas.