Friday, September 11, 2015

RIP - Jack Housby

Car owner and race supporter Jack Housby (shown here with Ramo Stott), passed away on September 10th.

Des Moines, Iowa - Jack Dan "JD" Housby was born in Des Moines, Iowa on January 10, 1935 and he passed away on September 10, 2015 at 80.

Jack, a lifelong resident of Des Moines attended East High School and worked at the Orville Lowe Ford dealership where he met his wife Shirley in 1955. Mr. Lowe became a key mentor and was supportive of his entrepreneurial ambition.

In 1957 Jack became self-employed and opened a truck and car washing business. Two years later in 1959 he expanded his business into heavy duty truck repair, painting and towing.

Jack became the Mack Truck dealer for Central Iowa in 1969. Housby Mack became and still remains one of the largest Mack Truck dealerships in the country. The Housby Truck operation expanded to Charlotte, North Carolina, Carroll, Iowa and now also includes the Isuzu Truck dealership.

As the founder of Housby Mack, Jack was also the inspiration behind the other Housby Companies. His ambition, work ethic and integrity established the core values of the Housby organization. Jack took pride in having many long term employees as well as having several start their own successful dealerships.

Jack was highly active in motorsports. He was a car owner/sponsor in both the NASCAR,  INDYCAR and USAC Stock Car Series as well as supporting racing throughout the State of Iowa. Jack was on the NASCAR National Motorsports Appeal Panel and was on the board of directors and past president of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation.Jack enjoyed work, family, racing and fishing - he worked hard and he had fun.

Jack is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley; sons Kevin, Kelly and Mike; daughter-in-law Patty Housby, Paula Tursi and four grandchildren.

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