Joe Drew Remembered as Successful Businessman, Community Member

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    NEWSLETTERS

    La Mesa business owner Joe Drew was “known for treating his customers and employees fairly” family members said Thursday.

    Drew, the man behind Drew Ford auto dealership, died on April 9 at the age of 74.

    The National City native attended Lemon Avenue School and Helix High School in La Mesa and married his college sweetheart, Kay, after the two met at University of Wyoming.

    He served in the California National Guard and the U.S. Army. He even trained as an Army Ranger, family members say.

    He left the service and joined his father Elmer in the family business – the car dealership that Elmer founded in 1927.

    He was also active in the community helping establish the San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park and service as president of the Grossmont High School District Board of Trustees.

    He is survived by his beloved wife, Kay; his daughter, Sarah Drew of Mill Valley; his son, Bill and daughter-in-law, Anna of Rancho Santa Fe; three grandchildren, Nicole, Paige and Greta; his sister, Esther Long of Parker Colorado and many nieces and nephews. His daughter Ann preceded him in death.

    Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, 20014 at Shadow Mountain Community Church, 2100 Greenfield Dr., El Cajon CA 92019.

    Flowers may be sent to the church or memorial donations may be made to Grossmont Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 158, La Mesa, CA 91944 or Boy Scouts of America - Mataguay Maintenance Endowment Fund, 1207 Upas Street, San Diego, CA 92103.