Tom King describes himself as lucky. Shortly after the Grants Pass native graduated from Medford Senior High School he, like so many other young American men, took steps to register with the draft. The Vietnam War was in full swing and Tom had a feeling his number would be called. But the day he went to register, the draft was abolished.
A year later, Tom and girlfriend Marisa tied the knot. They went on to have two girls and a boy. Now their brood has grown to include six grandbabies. Tom describes himself as a “family man” and feels blessed that the whole group has chosen to stay in the Rogue Valley. His home life consists of loved ones, three dogs, a horse, a cat, and 20 acres to take care of. It’s a good thing Tom doesn’t like to sit still.
As for his 30 year tenure in the automotive industry, Tom says he’s done it all: mechanics, parts and sales, at which he excelled, earning Salesman of the Year five years in a row. The love of all things car related continues even when he’s off the clock. Tom’s a huge Nascar fan who identifies with late racing legend Dale Earnhardt. He even shares the Earnhardt’s philosophy: Shoot for first, settle for second.