Ken Batchelor Celebrates Landmark Birthday
By Jake Gaines Photography by Greg Harrison
THE SCENE: It was a special night to remember when Ken Batchelor celebrated a landmark birthday. The Dominion Country Club served as the venue for the gathering as an all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Las Altenas, serenaded guests as they arrived. The cuisine was catered by the club, including the signature cocktail, the Mexican 75.
THE VIBE: A moving tribute was made as visuals from Batchelor’s life were presented. Afterward, something special happened: performers Marty Haggard, son of country music legend Merle Haggard, and Teddy Seales took to the stage to perform. Among many favorites, the highlight number was Road Less Traveled, a song written especially for Ken Batchelor’s special day by Seale, also from Kermit . The song was fitting given that Batchelor’s own life has been a series of roads he traveled to become a model citizen.
Ken Batchelor was born and raised in Kermit, a small town in the oilfields of West Texas. He graduated from Sul Ross State University where he studied on a football scholarship. He then moved to the Dallas area after completing his Army active duty. He was in the same reserve unit s Carl Sewell, and they became friends. Sewell convinced Batchelor to become a salesman at Sewell Village Cadillac and after three years, he became the sales manager. Later he was awarded the new Cadillac franchise in San Antonio with Sewell as his partner, naming it Ken Batchelor Cadillac. As Ken Batchelor shares, “I have been extremely blessed and successful since then. We have earned many awards and have seen the Sewell organization grow to 17 dealerships in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio regions.”
Ken and his wife Sharron Batchelor have eight children: Eric, Chelsea, Colea, Colton and Kendall, as well as Greg, Justin, and Tanya. They also enjoy spending time with their 15 grandchildren.