For many years Lou Grubb was a fixture in Arizona as a result of his automotive empire. He passed away on Tuesday after suffering a cranial hemorrhaging. He was 89 years old.
Lou Grubb moved to the state of Arizona in 1945 from his parents house in Long Island. He went on to found Grubb Automotive in 1972, building up the company into an empire of Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, Buick, Mazda, Suzuki and Saturn dealerships. He then sold the company to AutoNation in 1997.
Grubb was such a popular figure that in 1977 the Arizona Republican Party tried unsuccessfully to recruit him to run for governor. He preferred to center his attention on his family, his business and community involvement with Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.
In fact this April the Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf event will celebrate its 38th annual year and the event has earned more than $4.75 million for the institutions. Grubb and his wife, Evelyn, have also benefited a lot of worthwhile organizations through the Arizona Community Foundation.
Lou Grubb is survived by his wife, Evelyn, and his children, John; Nancy Sage (husband, Dennis); Dan (wife, Kathy); Tracy Christ (husband, Wil) and nine grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, with a 7 p.m. Rosary, at Desert Hills Hansen Mortuary, 6500 E. Bell Rd. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Xavier Church, 4715 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix.