A longtime Oklahoma City business leader, Duke Ligon at one time served as the general counsel and a senior vice president of Devon Energy, and today manages the private mineral investment firm Mekusukey Oil Company. Over the course of his career, Duke Ligon has sat on the boards of many oil and gas industry companies, and, in 2007, was appointed to the board of Panhandle Oil and Gas, Inc.
The newly created position reflected Mr. Ligon’s longstanding affiliation with the company as a shareholder. An appointed responsibility, it was followed by formal election at the annual shareholders meeting. The company’s chairman of the board noted that Panhandle Oil and Gas would benefit from strengthened ties with an entrepreneur who combined experience in finance and extensive knowledge of the oil and gas business.
Panhandle Oil and Gas, which began operations in Texas County in the 1920s, has achieved a reputation for sustained results in the exploration and production of natural resources. Its assets include 255,000 acres of mineral-bearing land as well as working and royalty interests in more than 6,000 oil wells.
Duke Ligon is a longtime Oklahoma City-based attorney with executive experience spanning the financial and oil production spheres. He holds board seats with companies such as Blueknight Energy Partners, LP, and the Heritage Trust Corporation. Duke Ligon is also active on the board of such community institutions as the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
A recent exhibition at the museum celebrating the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma’s statehood features works by local artists that the museum has been collecting since the 1940s. These range from pieces that interpret aspects of place and geography, such as the state’s red dirt, to those that explore an abstract visual vocabulary. Among the 17 featured artists are Alexandre Hogue, Loraine Moore, Nan Sheets, and Otto Duecker.
One of the key works presented is a complex depiction of the great 1880s land rush by John Steuart Curry, known as one of the state’s most significant regionalist painters. The piece was offered to the museum by the General Services Administration on long-term loan in early 2017.
One goal of the exhibition is to provide inspiration to the state’s next generation of artists, with a message that art focused on Oklahoma can be on virtually any subject or theme.
Duke Ligon, an attorney and businessman based in Oklahoma City, has considerable experience in corporate litigation and is also the founder and owner of the Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC. In service to the community, Duke Ligon serves on the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s board of directors.
The Oklahoma Hall of Fame, which is part of the Gaylord-Pickens museum, was founded in 1928 to honor Oklahomans who provide outstanding service to the state and to educate the world about the state, its history, and its people. Both famous and regular Oklahomans are featured in the Hall of Fame; some of the better known figures are Reba McEntire, Wiley Post, and Mat Hoffman.
A unique facet of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is the Teen Board. One of the main responsibilities for students on the board is organizing the Gaylord-Pickens museum’s annual fundraiser. Over the 10 years since the Teen Board began, it has raised more than $120,000 for the museum’s programs, making it the largest donor to the Gaylord-Pickens Museum Free Field Trip program.
Duke Ligon, head of Mekusukey Oil Company, also serves on the boards of numerous other oil and gas concerns in and around Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. These positions include membership on the board of Panhandle Oil and Gas, Inc. Duke Ligon joined the board in 2007 when the former Panhandle Royalty Company changed its name.
After noting Native Americans’ extensive medicinal use of the surface petroleum found under rock beds and on creeks and ponds, 19th-century European-American settlers in Oklahoma began to prospect for oil. In 1872, the Chickasaw Oil Company became the first named corporate oil concern.
Like many of its peer companies, Panhandle originated during the boom days of the 1920s. Oklahoma, situated in a particularly advantageous part of the petroleum-rich Mid-Continent Region, led its neighboring states in the production of oil.
Over the first three-and-a-half decades of the 20th century, Oklahoma generated well over $5 billion from the production of close to a billion barrels of oil. The state used its prosperity to spur further development over the succeeding decades.
Attorney and businessman Duke Ligon serves as president and CEO of the company he established more than 40 years ago, Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC. The company is among the nation's largest privately held businesses focused on acquiring and managing perpetual mineral resources; it conducts business in Oklahoma and more than 20 other states. Mekusukey maintains offices in Wewoka and in Oklahoma City. Duke Ligon and his staff oversee operations covering approximately 80,000 net mineral acres.