William Waugh
1935 - 2015
Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home & Memorial Park
7405 West Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX
WAUGH, William William R. Waugh, a talented artist and innovative businessman who founded and developed successful Taco Bueno, Casa Bonita, Casa Viva, Crystal's Pizza, and Burger Street restaurants across the Southwest, passed away Jan. 20, 2015, in Dallas, Texas, at age 79. A Memorial Service will be held at Sparkman-Hillcrest Funeral Home (7405 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75225) on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m., conducted by Bill Morrow, with burial afterward at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Dallas. Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at the funeral home. Waugh was born Aug. 2, 1935, in Norman, Okla., and graduated from Colorado Springs (Colo.) High School in 1953. He married Francis Vickrey in 1964. He earned a bachelor's degree in fine art from Abilene Christian University in 1959. While at ACU he was president of the Art Club, president of Kappa Pi, vice president of Phi Delta Psi, and a member of Blue Key. In 1965 he attended the Frank J. Reilly School of Art in New York City. With a commitment to customer service and high standards of excellence, his first venture was in the dry cleaning and laundry business, purchasing a One-Hour Martinizing franchise in 1959 and expanding it to a small chain in Texas and Oklahoma over the next eight years. Waugh's first Taco Bueno, specializing in Tex-Mex fast-food cuisine, opened on South First Street in Abilene in 1967 and now features 176 restaurants in seven states. In Abilene he developed Tony's Pizza Cave in 1972 into Crystal's Pizza and Spaghetti, one of a chain of popular family-focused restaurants in Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma for 35 years. He began Casa Bonita in Oklahoma City in 1968 and expanded to locations in Texas, Colorado and Arkansas. With seating for 1,100, its location near Denver was the largest Mexican food restaurant in the world, serving more than 1 million customers a year and entertaining them with cliff divers and water falls, puppet shows, mariachi bands and life-size costumed characters. Waugh sold Taco Bueno and Casa Bonita to the British food company Unigate in 1981. He founded Burger Street in 1985 in Lewisville, Texas, growing the all-drive-through concept store to 14 locations in the DFW Metroplex and four in Tulsa. The company is poised to expand over the next year in a new phase of growth. He was board chair of Waugh Enterprises Inc., senior board chair and founder of Plaza National Bank, president and CEO of Rembrandt Antiek Gallerie, and board chair of Christian Services of the Southwest. He also served as a trustee or regent of ACU, Pepperdine University, Dallas Christian School, the Hockaday School, the Dallas Salvation Army, Dallas Christian Leadership, and Heartbeat Ministries. Waugh was a visiting lecturer for the business schools at Abilene Christian, Southern Methodist and Baylor universities. He had a special relationship with his alma mater, ACU. Waugh received the university's Distinguished Alumni Citation in 1982, was named the College of Business Administration's 1983 Entrepreneur of the Year, served on the COBA Dean's Advisory Council, and was the college's first adjunct professor of business. He also was an influential leader on planning committees for the Mabee Business Building and Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building. Waugh was known for nurturing long-term relationships and grateful people spoke often of how he provided them transformational opportunities. His commitment to the growth of his employees and those around him were hallmarks of his success in business and life. Waugh donated his time and money to causes that included orphanages, learning institutes, and feeding and clothing those in need around the world. He was an involved member of Prestoncrest Church of Christ, and his honesty and integrity were beyond reproach. Waugh married Liwei Wang on Jan. 19, 2004. He was preceded in death by his parents, W. Ray and Ruby Waugh. Among survivors are Liwei, his wife of 11 years; two daughters, Lisa Nicole Miethe and her husband, John-Hayden Miethe of Franklin, Tenn.; Anna Christina Richards and her husband, Bubba Richards of Brentwood, Tenn.; a son, Nicholas David Waugh and his wife, Robin Abigail Waugh of Franklin, Tenn.; a stepdaughter, Ya Zhou of Toronto, Canada; grandchildren Britain Avery Miethe, Elijah Daniel-King Miethe, Emerson Nicole Miethe, Favor Shalom Miethe, Ian Bray Miethe, Love Mercy Miethe, Parker Hayden Miethe, Ryan Isabella Miethe, Grayson Richards, Brayden Russiano, Campbell Russiano, Greyson Russiano, Holden Russiano, and Jonah Nicholas Waugh; and a brother, Thomas Lee Waugh and his wife, Carole Lynn Waugh of Flower Mound, Texas. Memorials may be made to Abilene Christian University, the Dallas Salvation Army or Dallas Christian School. Please visit www.sparkman-hillcrest.com

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God bless this man, the truest sense of a Christian I have ever seen,
He is in heaven now, God bless him! Did you know he would give free tickets to Casa bonita to orphans, and the poor? God bless him! I was one of those he gave tickets to!
August 20, 2020
I first met Bill, Tom and Paul during the construction of the Casa Bonita in Tulsa. I was attending school '71-'73, and was working at the Mobil station, nearby. I worked on all of their cars a lot over about a year. I always enjoyed visiting with them whenever they came by, and they never failed to take whatever time it took to tell a good story. Bill was a lot like my Dad; a very serious businessman, whose mind was never very far from what he wanted to do that day. It was a time of great influence on my future. I am sorry that the family and friends have lost such a good man, but I am impressed that Heaven is all the better for his passing. God bless the Waugh family, and those who counted Bill as a loved one. ch
Cliff Hogue
February 17, 2015
Prayers to the family. I am saddened by the passing of Bill. What a good man. We all will see you soon Bill.
Bruce Morgan
January 31, 2015
My condolences to the family. I never met Bill but I worked at Casa Bonita, Denver from 1974 to 1979. I learned great work ethic and made lifetime friends. A group of us get together every year for a Casa Bonita reunion. Great place, and great memories!
Cindy Hull-Biddison
January 29, 2015
I am sorry I could not attend the visitation or funeral. I would have loved seeing you all and personally expressing my condolences and appreciation for the support that Dallas Christian received from your family. I often think of Bill and you as I see things on campus that were initiated by him. He pushed us to always improve, even down to the small details, and I know DC is better for his involvement. God bless you!
Barbara Luster
January 27, 2015
The Waughs opened one of their first Casa Bonita restaurants here in OKC, and they were very much hands-on involved in the business and in the lives of those of us who were lucky enough to work there. For many of us, this was our first job, and they were the best to make it a good experience. One friend, with many family problems, didn't show for work one day. Instead of firing her, they listened and told her not to worry them again, to call and come stay with them if a problem occurred again. Annual parties for those graduating from high school — with personal gifts from the Waughs — were regular. I've since read that a good first-job experience primes a person for a lifetime of enjoying work. I and many others probably owe more to the Waughs than we know. Peace to Bill Waugh and his family.
Gypsy Hogan
January 27, 2015
I met with Bill 20 years ago at a Mexican restaurant on skillman. He was kind and generous with his time and advice. The advice he gave me on that day changed my life for ever and for the better.
Even when Bill was 'down' he still made time.
He was a kind man and understood the things he loved.
It was my privilege to know him.
Alan Barnes
January 27, 2015
Bill had a profound influence on my life. Following his personal ethical standards, business principals and work ethic I learned as a Casa Bonita employee has helped me attain the success I have. Thank you Bill and may God Bless your family in their time of loss.

Gary Oman, Littleton Colorado
January 26, 2015
I worked for Casa Bonita in Little Rock, AR from 1978-1982. I met Mr. Waugh one time. I was impressed with his humility and kindness. I learned many things from my days at Casa. To this day I remind my children to "move with a purpose" and to follow the "pleasing you, pleases me" way of service.
Cindi Bond
January 26, 2015
correction on previous wording - I did
not know Bill personally, but was impressed with his life's history,

Bob Watlington (Misquite, Tx.)
January 26, 2015
Prayers To the Waugh Family!! I worked for Bill in 1965 in Abilene at Waughs One Hour Martinizing. I remember when I asked him for my first raise. He was such a smart man and I will never forget him and Frances. He gave me one of my very firsts Bibles Many good memories!! We employees even got to test the very first tacos at Taco Bueno!! He will definitely be missed!!
Sheila Davis (Breckenridge Texas)
January 25, 2015
I worked for Bill at Burger Street many years ago! Bill was very good to me as a new Manager and he taught me many valuable things that have helped me be the person I am today. He was kind enough to let me use his office for my Bridal portrait! My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Lacy Atwood/Noren
January 25, 2015
I was president of Phi Delta Psi in 1952 so I did know Bill but was impressed
in reading his history. Sending sympathy to his family.
Bob Watlington (Mesquite,Tx)

Bob Watlington
January 24, 2015
Thank you Bill for my first job at Casa Bonita. It was such a fun time when the restaurant opened in Colorado. It brought together high school kids from many schools and the work ethic was instilled at an early age. We hustled when Mr Fry would tell us the lines to get in were a block long. Clean kitchen was imperative,again work ethic in place. Working there shaped my future, and I can cook a great fried chicken! Movie stars would visit the restaurant in the late 1970'S . Taco Bueno- loved the food, we would sneak out of school to eat there! That was a great heyday and a prep for college. Did not formally quit at Casa Bonita just faded away into college, I still dream I work there.
Anne Chernushin Sibell
January 24, 2015
Condolences to the Waugh family. I worked at the OKC Casa Bonita ~1968. Bill and Frances were hands on and had a great influence on many of us when we were young teens. I have often thought of them...driving past the old location in "The City", eating at the Denver "Casa", and every time I see a Taco Bueno. He was a good man, a Godly man. May he rest in peace.
Virginia Kelly
January 24, 2015
Dear Waugh Family;
My brother Cory Alexander worked at the Burger Street in Lewisville Texas. February 14th.1994 he was killed, the Waugh family was there with their Love, Support and Kindness. My mom and I will never forget that. Please know that in this time of sadness as you remember the great memories of this Wonderful Man, you will be in our thoughts and prayers! Sincerely Cindy Rixon (Garland, Texas)
Cindy Rixon
January 23, 2015
I am unable to come to Dallas this week but wanted to express appreciation for the many ways Bill encouraged the work of Heartbeat, always wanting to make it better. My love to all. Landon Saunders
Landon Saunders
January 23, 2015
Loved Bill and Frances Waugh. Worked for them while in high school and remained close throughout my life. God Bless you Bill. You will be missed dear friend.
Charlene Stuart
January 23, 2015
I worked for Mr. Waugh at his corporate headquarters for Burger Street and his other ventures for a short time in the mid 90's. He was a kind soul who will be missed. My condolences to all his friends and family.
Tim Nealon
January 23, 2015
Bill Waugh had a positive influence on my life and was important to my success in life and in work. From his guidance I learned how to deal with people honestly and how do be a professional in all my endeavors. He influenced many people and made the world a better place. My condolences to his family and all the people he touched.
Steve Dirks
January 23, 2015
Had it not been for Bill Waugh many people would have never accomplished what they have today. Thank you for your guidance and understanding. Because of you my friend, my life has been enriched.
Wally Jones
January 23, 2015
Thank you Bill for your faithfulness to the poor and disadvantaged. You were also a great blessing to the Connecticut Valley church in Windsor, CT during her infancy RIP
Steve Holt
January 23, 2015
My condolences to the Waugh family. I worked for Mr. Waugh at Burger Street from 1987-1989, helping to support my husband who was in school at Preston Road's Center for Christian Education. I left after our first child was born. I enjoyed being a part of Burger Street, and Mr. Waugh even sent me out in his Mercedes on an errand with Jim McGuiggan. I am thankful for the legacy of Christian service he left behind.
Patricia Boys
January 23, 2015
My life was enriched through working for him and his family. He affected the lives of many positively and shunned the spotlight. I'm sure the light of love and truth shine brightly on you now. Thank you!!
Bret Mooney
January 22, 2015
It's been a long time since we all attended the Pikes Peak church of Christ in Colorado Springs. Ruby Waugh made great sloppy joes for the youth group. Bill accomplished a lot of good things since then.
Geneva McKee Anderson
January 22, 2015
So sad to hear of Bill's passing. I worked for him in C.B.Corporate office in 70's and 80's in Taco Bueno Division. He was always very kind to me there, and it was a wonderful place to work. He made it so unique - a place we could all be proud of. My prayers to his family. He will be missed by all who knew him, I'm sure.
Janet Cummings
January 22, 2015
Farewell dear friend and mentor. The world will never again be the same though Heaven all the gain.
You were always there for me and I thank you. Your family is in my prayers.
Your friend
John Miller
January 22, 2015
Our Sympathy to the Family.
Lynn & Carolyn Anderson
January 22, 2015
I am a friend of Beth Makibbin. So sorry for your loss. I ate at at least one of all of the eating establishments. Many of the visits were before I knew Beth. I enjoyed them all. Crystals was our stop when I went to A U as at visiting high school student. I learned even more about what about special person Bill was from reading his obituary. I wish I had been able to know him. Again, sorry for your loss.
Nikki Deaver
January 22, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Clifton Burton
January 22, 2015
May God comfort the Waugh family in every way possible. Grief can be so hard, but special memories and stories told help us cope. My prayers and thoughts are with you, may God surround you with friends and family and lots of hugs. Sending my deepest condolences.
Rodney Westbrook
January 22, 2015
Our prayers are with the Waugh family. Bill touched so many lives. God bless.
Chris Knight
January 22, 2015
The sadness we feel in our hearts today can never replace the overwhelming gratitude, blessings and wonderful memories you have bestowed upon my family and more so my dad's life which we will carry in our hearts FOREVER. Your life and your life's work have embraced our family in so many ways that only those who were blessed with the honor of knowing you can comprehend. We will forever cherish the memories we have as we were kids growing up with Casa Bonita, Taco Bueno and Crystal's Pizza, the stories you shared with us not long ago, and we will always and forever be thankful for the impact your life had on our family. Liwei, our hearts ache for you with your loss of such a wonderful and amazing person. We are sending our deepest condolences. He will truly be missed.
Cecilia Flores (Morado)
January 22, 2015
Mr. Waugh along with outstanding management teams and creative artisans provided a work environment that molded many young lives. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work for Mr. Waugh. Thank you for the memories. May God comfort his family at this time.
Nancy Fitts
January 22, 2015
Bill-Sorry to hear of your passing, but I know you are in paradise with your parents and Christ. Rest now my good and faithful Servant till the rest of us join you and Christ shall come again. Our love to you and your lovely Family-Barry L Baker Sr
Barry L Baker Sr
January 22, 2015
So many words to be said, stories to retold, smiles to remember - mostly just a very heartfelt thank you for the impact upon our lives. There has been an outpouring of love and honor from the Casa Bonita Tulsa employees on their Facebook page (yes, there is one) and the legacy you have left on these young lives now adults is wonderful. David and I pray you are resting with the Father. You graced our lives.
January 22, 2015
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