SEMA eNews Vol. 13, No. 48, December 2, 2010

Industry Mourns the Loss of Bob DeYoung

  Bob DeYoung
  Services for Bob DeYoung will be held on Monday, December 20, at 1:00 p.m., at the Phoenix First Assembly of God – (Building H), in Phoenix, Arizona.

The industry mourns the loss of a lifelong friend Bob DeYoung. He was 59. Services for DeYoung will be held on Monday, December 20, at 1:00 p.m., at the Phoenix First Assembly of God – (Building H), in Phoenix, Arizona (602/867-7117).

For the past 24 years, DeYoung has been involved in the Cragar Wheel Brand of products. Prior to Cragar, he worked in the performance aftermarket for companies that include Chuck’s Speed Shop, Goosic Total Performance, Loper’s Performance and Tom Klein Racing Engines, to name a few.

DeYoung is well known for his love for racing of all types. He and partner Joe Faulkner raced an El Camino drag car in the late ’70s that is still remembered by many. He also raced several late-model oval track stock cars, being best remembered for the unique Cadillac Seville-bodied car that raced throughout the southwest United States.

DeYoung's dedication and enthusiasm are defined by his 45-plus years of participation in the specialty-equipment industry and the many friends he made along the way.

"I am very sad to hear of Bob's passing. A great guy. Always available to help when he could." —Vic Wood, MPMC Chair-Elect, Vice President of Sales, Hedman Performance Group

"Bob was truly passionate about his work and the industry. My heart goes out to the family." —Bill Floyd, Immediate Past Chair MPMC, President, Lucas Oil Change Centers

"Bob always had a smile, and a good word." —Steve LeSueur, President, Steve’s Fast Fuels

"Bob really knew how to handle the race group and also knew how to handle the 'suits.' On top of that, he was a real honest guy. He will be missed, but not forgotten." —Tom Curnow, CEO, Performance Products

"Bob was one of the all-time good guys and a best friend. He was instrumental in getting me my first job with a performance manufacturer (Mr. Gasket Exhaust) and meant the world to me. He was one of the people who was a positive influence in the lives of many and was always there when someone needed him." —Chris Thomson, SEMA Board of Directors, National Sales Manager, AIRAID Filter Company

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