Harry ‘Bud’ Eyre

Harry “Bud” Eyre went to his heavenly home Nov. 4, 2020. He had been a patient for several days at the University Hospital in Loma Linda, Calif.

Bud was born March 10, 1926 in Tooele, Utah, one of seven children. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 while a senior at Trona High School and served during WWII. After his tenure in the Marines, he attended college at the California State University Bakersfield.

Bud returned to the Rand area where he grew up and worked for Diefel Motors, a car dealership in Red Mountain. His first responsibility was to wash cars. On a day when they were short of sales personnel, he offered to help a customer who paid cash for her car, which was a rare deal for the company. He proved himself as a top salesperson and this launched his career which culminated as a dealership owner which lasted of his professional life.

Diefel Motors moved to Ridgecrest during the boom days after the Navy came. Bud moved to Ridgecrest with it and later purchased the business and for many years it operated as Bud Eyre Chevrolet. Bud told the story of his first experience as an entrepreneur:

Bud spent most of his youth in Randsburg where his father was a gold miner when the industry was thriving prior to WWII. At the age of 10 Bud would make lemonade daily, pull it up the mountain in his wagon and would sell it for 10 cents/glass. Often miners would ask him for credit until pay day.

Bud married a Randsburg girl – Hellen Franich – and they were married for 66 years, most of which were spent in Ridgecrest. Bud was regarded as a most-successful businessman and a leader in the early days of Ridgecrest. He helped organized the first Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce. He was active with the Elks Lodge where he was a charter member and a staunch member of the Catholic church.

Bud was preceded in death by his wife Hellen. He is survived by his daughter Autumn (Chris) Bonugli of San Antonio, Texas and sister Ann Morris.

Bud always cheerful and ready to tell a funny story. He liked to make people laugh.

There will be no services.


Autumn, Bud’s daughter asked me to write this obituary saying “you probably know more about my dad than I do.” I’ve known bud since I was 13 years old and so appreciated our friendship. He was a bright spot in the lives of all who knew him. We will miss you, Bud. Thanks for serving our country and our community and being such a meaningful part of my life. – Pat Farris, Publisher

Story First Published: 2020-12-15