Mears Mazda founder dies at the age of 77 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

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Mears Mazda founder dies at the age of 77

Source: lubbockonline.com Source: lubbockonline.com

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The founder of Mears Mazda in Lubbock, James Mears, passed away Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 77.

Mears Motors was established in 1971. James and Kay Mears ran the business at that time with the boys, Bob and Andy helping out after school. James had a long background in the car business with Modern Chevrolet and Montgomery Volkswagen prior to opening his own car lot.

After many successful years of the used car business, the family decided to commit to a new car franchise. In 1975 Mazda was purchased and the Mears family has never looked back.

In 1977 they acquired the MG, Jaguar, and Triumph franchise which was kept until they pulled out of the U.S. in 1980. The Volvo Franchise was then acquired, which has been very successful and a compliment to the Mazda line. In 1989 the Avanti line was also acquired.

In 2001 the dealership moved to the current location of Spur 327 and Iola. James retired in 1983 leaving Bob and Andy to run the business.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church at 2201 Broadway.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the American Cancer Society in the name of James and Kay Mears.

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