Barry E. Pidgeon, who established the foundation for Dallas-based Starpower as a leading consumer electronics and appliance retailing business, died Aug. 24 at the age of 84.
A native of Des Moines, Iowa, he took the helm of the local family business, Pidgeon’s Furniture & Appliances, established by his parents, in 1957, after graduating from the University of Texas, serving as its president and CEO.
Together with his wife, Zona, whom he met at university and married that same year, he raised four sons, all of whom followed him into retailing, and built a business that quickly expanded into Dallas, where the entire family eventually moved.
An accomplished and respected business leader as well as the family’s patriarch, he served the communities he inhabited in both Iowa and Texas. His activities encompassed support of the Boy Scouts organization, by whom he was recognized as a Regent for Life of the National Eagle Scout Association, and he served as a member of the Governor’s Task Force, President of the Retail Merchants Bureau, President of the Better Business Bureau and Credit Bureau (Des Moines), and as a Chamber of Commerce leader, a Mason and a Shriner. He was also a longtime contributor and member of numerous arts organizations and non-profits including the Jewish Federation of Des Moines and Dallas, Congregation Shearith Israel, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Never one to seek the retirement lifestyle, he also served on the Board of Star Companies, the business he helped found in 1995, until he was hospitalized in April.
His life interests included the arts, golf, and classic cars and he was an avid coin, pen, and watch collector, all of which he took huge pleasure doling out to his children and grandchildren, and he enjoyed traveling with friends and family.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, his sons, Steven, Michael, David and Daniel and their wives, as well as by nine grandchildren, a great-grandchild, a brother and a sister.