In Loving Memory of Tex Earnhardt


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With great sorrow, Earnhardt Auto Centers announces the passing of “Tex” – whom so many know to be the founder of the auto group – at the age of 89.

Tex Earnhardt is an American Success story. Born on December 9th, 1930 and growing up in rural Texas near the Rio Grande River Valley, he (along with his family) moved to Chandler, Arizona as a teenager. Then, in 1951, he became the youngest person to ever receive a Ford Franchise - just before his 21st birthday. Earnhardt Ford (the first of many Earnhardt Auto Centers) was founded on September 4th, 1951, right here in Arizona.

In the 68+ years since 1951, Earnhardt Auto Centers has grown from 1 to 23 dealerships, representing 17 brands, with locations in both the Phoenix Metro as well as Las Vegas Metro markets. In recent years, Automotive News has continually ranked Earnhardt Auto Centers among the top dealer groups in the Nation (among more than 150 dealer groups).

“Tex’s mark on the economic landscape of the Southwest and in the hearts of our family and Arizonans will endure for generations to come,” says Derby Earnhardt, grandson of Tex. “While we’ll go on… it’s tough to know that this great man is no longer with us…no longer atop Chisholm [the trusty steer in Earnhardt commercials] greeting our friends and customers and introducing them all to this amazing brand [that] he built,” says Derby.

The Earnhardt Family - as well as the extended family of Earnhardt employees, friends, customers and surrounding communities – have lost an incredible leader, founder, mentor, friend, neighbor, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and icon.

Rest in peace, Tex.

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