SYLMAR, Calif. (Sept. 9, 2004) — Darwin Dapper Sr., founder of wholesaler Dapper Tire Co. in San Diego, died Sept. 6 at his home.
“He was 94, and in those years he lived his life fully, with vigor, compassion, generosity, humor, modesty and above all with honor,” family members wrote in his obituary. “He was a true gentleman and a friend to all who knew him.”
Mr. Dapper founded Service Station Supply Co., later named Dapper Tire, in 1946. The company now operates nine warehouses in California and Oregon. Dapper Tire distributes Goodyear, Dunlop and Republic brands.
Mr. Dapper is survived by his wife of 67 years, Annette; children Darwin Jr., Diane and Terry; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.