Who was Baxter Chapman?
Baxter Chapman was a prominent Valley auto dealer and an owner of several Valley automobile dealerships associated with the family-owned Chapman Automotive Group. Chapman, founded by his father, Jerry B. Chapman, in 1966, operates 24 auto dealerships in Arizona and Nevada and sells virtually every make of automobile. Baxter Chapman was born on July 5, 1966, and graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in business. He was married to Gia Rashell Pritchard for 18 years and had seven children, Sable, Baxter, Bronson, Hudson, Haven, Sablanca, and Cambridge. He was a devoted husband, father, and friend who loved sports, music, and traveling.
How did Baxter Chapman die?
Baxter Chapman died on July 6, 2015, in Chandler, Arizona. His cause of death was not officially disclosed, but according to some reports, he had a heart attack or a stroke. He was found dead late Monday night at a Chandler business complex in the 300 block of North Enterprise Place. He was 49 years old.
Detective Seth Tyler, a Chandler police spokesman, said police were notified at about 11:30 p.m. Monday by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office that deputies had found Chapman dead at the business complex. Tyler said Chapman’s death was under investigation pending the results of an autopsy by the county Medical Examiner’s Office. Foul play was not suspected.
How did the auto industry react to Baxter Chapman’s death?
The news of Baxter Chapman’s death shocked and saddened the auto industry, especially those who worked with him or knew him personally. Many tributes and condolences were expressed by his colleagues, friends, and customers. They praised his leadership, professionalism, kindness, and generosity. They remembered him as a visionary, a mentor, and a friend.
Some of the tributes are as follows:
- The Chapman Automotive Group said they were “deeply saddened” by the loss of Baxter Chapman, who was “a vital part of our leadership team and a driving force behind our success”. They said Baxter Chapman was “a respected and admired businessman and a loving and caring family man”. They asked for privacy and respect at this difficult time.
- The Arizona Automobile Dealers Association said they were “heartbroken” by the death of Baxter Chapman, who was “a valued member of our association and a leader in our industry”. They said Baxter Chapman was “a passionate and innovative dealer who always strived for excellence”. They offered their sympathy and support to his family and the Chapman Automotive Group.
- A customer posted on Facebook: “I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Baxter Chapman, the owner of Chapman BMW. He was always so helpful and friendly whenever I