Hal ‘Tex’ Earnhardt Jr., former rodeo cowboy and legendary founder of Earnhardt Auto Centers, has died at 89.
Beginning in 1951, when he was just 20 years old, Earnhardt opened his first Ford dealership in Chandler, Arizona, with a loan from his father, who owned a service station. From there, the business grew to 23 dealerships – one of the largest auto groups in the Southwest.
His slogan, “That ain’t no bull,” was known to Arizonians spanning across seven decades.
His death, at age 89, was announced Sunday on the company website, earnhardt.com.
Dodge Earnhardt, grandson of Tex Earnhardt, said in a statement, “The company today is based on values that Tex instilled in all of us, ‘Treat everyone the way you’d treat your Mama’ and ‘People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care’ are a few core sayings from Tex that we hold dear.”