LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz.-James F. Bacon, a longtime tire dealer in the Pacific Northwest, died Dec. 6 in Lake Havasu City. He was 76.
The Northwest Tire Dealers Association said he opened an O.K. Tire store in Beaverton, Ore., in 1961. He later had opened a second outlet in Tigard, Ore., and in the early 1970s joined the Big O Tires Inc. franchise operation. Mr. Bacon helped create Big O Tire Dealers of Oregon Inc., which he led as president, the association said. He later formed a retread company as well, Jim Bacon Tires Inc., which he closed in 1987 as passenger retreads lost favor in the market, the association said.
Mr. Bacon's son, Jim Bacon Jr., runs the Beaverton store, which is now part of Northwest Tire Factory Group. The Tigard outlet had been sold in the 1970s, the association said.
Mr. Bacon had retired to Lake Havasu City, ``where he loved the hot, sunny days,'' his family wrote in his obituary.
He is survived by his wife Barbara, sons Jim and David, daughter Kathy, brother Larry, sister Aileen, four grandchildren, three nephews and three nieces.