Earnhardt Auto Centers founder Hal “Tex” Earnhardt is being mourned by family and friends after his death by natural causes on April 19.
News of the longtime Chandler, Arizona-based auto magnate’s death was announced on the company’s website. He was 89
Born in Texas, Earnhardt moved to Arizona as a teenager and soon went to work at the family’s “old town” gas station. Not long after that, he became the youngest person ever to net a Ford franchise at just 21-years-old.
In the early years of his 68-years of service, Earnhardt proved methodical, selling one vehicle at a time with a level of integrity and dedication that became his trademark along with his stirrup boots and cowboy hat.
Earnhardt Auto Centers eventually went from 1 to 23 dealerships, representing 17 brands, with locations in both the Phoenix Metro as well as Las Vegas Metro markets. More recently, Earnhardt Auto has consistently ranked among the top dealer groups in the country.
“It’s a time to remember and grieve, but the company and the mission to serve its surrounding communities will continue to grow and expand, ensuring the legacy and spirit of Tex Earnhardt is felt and present for many, many years to come,” sons Hal and Jim Babe Earnhardt said.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family is requesting cards to be sent or a charitable donation be made in Tex’s memory to the Chandler Compadres: In Memory of Tex Earnhardt care of the Chandler Compadres, PO Box 11038, Chandler, AZ 85248.
Earnhardt is also survived by a daughter and several of his grandchildren, who are now involved in running the family business.