Lou was a Phoenix automotive business icon whose "Take Five" radio and TV commercials played on Arizona stations for decades. He came to Arizona in 1945 from his parents' home in Long Island and founded Grubb Automotive in 1972, developing the company into a conglomerate of Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, Buick, Mazda, Suzuki and Saturn dealerships. He sold the company to AutoNation in 1997.He was such a popular figure that the Arizona Republican Party tried to recruit him in 1977 as a candidate for governor. Grubb wasn't interested. He preferred to focus his attention on his family, his business and community involvement with Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.
The Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf event celebrated its 41st year this April and has netted more than $4.75 million for the institutions. Grubb and his wife, Evelyn, have also benefitted many worthwhile organizations through the Arizona Community Foundation. Gifts made in Lou's memory will support Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center through the Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf Fund.