Memories of Lanphere Auto Group Founder Bob Lanphere, Sr.
Official Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/14/15
Bob Lanphere Sr, founder of Lanphere Enterprises, passes at 81
Beaverton , OR (October 14, 2015) – Bob Lanphere Sr, founder of Lanphere Enterprises, passed away while on vacation October 9th. He passed quickly in the company of his loving wife Theresa Lanphere. A public celebration of life is being held Friday, October 23rd at the Oregon Convention Center, upstairs in the Oregon Ballroom starting at 3:00pm.
In 1964 Bob Lanphere Sr. turned his love for motorcycle racing into a business selling and repairing motorcycles in downtown Beaverton, Oregon. 51 years later, the business principles and work ethic he exercised in that small motorcycle dealership blossomed into multiple auto dealerships, a motorcycle dealership, body shop, and numerous related business ventures where customers could “Just buy Bob and save.”
Bob valued his family very much, and as his own three children entered the workforce they did so by their father’s side. “If you can do what you love and do it with your family, then you are very lucky.” Lanphere would often say. This belief is further realized with many of his grandchildren working in the businesses.
Lanphere Enterprises currently employs over 600 people at their operations in Oregon and Washington. Bob loved this company and all the people that worked to make it successful, his spirit will live on through all of them.
In lieu of flowers please remember Bob by donating to his favorite charities:
- MS Society – Oregon Chapter, 5331 SW Macadam #290, Portland, OR 97239
- Boys and Girls Club of Portland, 8203 SE 7th Avenue, Portland, OR 97202
- Oregon Humane Society, 1067 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR 97211