In Memoriam: Don Beyer, Sr.

It is with sadness that WANADA reports the passing of longtime dealer member Donald S. Beyer, Sr., founder Don Beyer of Automotive Group.  He died peacefully last Saturday, Dec. 23. He was 93.


Nicknamed “Buck”, Don, Sr. started Don Beyer Volvo in Falls Church, VA in 1973. His sons, Don, Jr. and Mike, came into the business with him, where each remains active today, albeit Don, Jr. is a member of Congress representing Northern Virginia in his spare time.  A Washingtonian from Northern Virginia, Don, Sr. graduated from West Point commencing an U.S. Army career which included service in the Korean War and years of service after which he rose to the rank of colonel.


From the Volvo store in Falls Church, Don, Sr. and sons, Don, Jr. and Mike, grew Don Beyer Motors into the nine dealership operation it is today. Besides Don, Jr. and Mike, Don, Sr. and his wife Nancy of 50 plus years had four daughters, 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.


WANADA will publish funeral arrangements to members when they are finalized, with the family signaling that there will be a memorial service on Don, Sr.’s 94th birthday, which will be Saturday a week, Jan. 6.


To Don, Jr., Mike, and Don, Sr.’s companion of seven years, Betty Knight, and his entire family and many friends, WANADA extends its sincerest sympathies.

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