PROSPECT, Ky. (Feb. 16, 2000) — David H. Dean Sr., founder of Dean Tire & Rubber Co. in Louisville, Ky., died Feb. 8 at his home in Prospect. He was 77.
Mr. Dean´s father, Robert A. Dean Sr., founded Dean Tire Service in Louisville in 1923. Mr. Dean went to work as wholesale manager for his father´s company after returning home from service as a Marine in World War II.
In 1968, Mr. Dean founded his own company to market his own private-label, Dean-brand tires that were manufactured by Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. By the mid-1990s, his company´s annual sales had grown to more than $60 million, and more than 2 million units of Dean-brand radial passenger, light truck and medium truck tires were sold in 10 countries.
After selling his company to Cooper in January 1999, Mr. Dean retired.
Mr. Dean was active in a variety of community and professional groups, including the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association. He was president of the NTDRA-affiliated Private Brand Tire Group and was inducted into the Tire Industry Hall of Fame in 1989.
Mr. Dean is survived by his wife, Rosalind, son David Jr., daughter Camille, stepson Keith Brooks and a grandson.