He started out as a junior champion rider, and he ended up a beloved leader in the powersports world.
Gary L. Myers, former owner of Fay Myers Motorcycle World in the Centennial area, died Aug. 4. Myers, a resident of Golden, was 75.
He “worked to protect motorcycle riders’ rights on road and off road,” said Jason White, current general manager of the Fay Myers dealership on East Arapahoe Road.
The Lakewood-area native had been enduring heart problems and was in home hospice care when he died. A serious bicyclist for decades, he remained active even late in his life, riding 300-400 miles a week, according to an obituary release from the Schomp Automotive family, which owns the Fay Myers dealership.
Gary Myers was a well-known motorcycle racer in his youth. He lived in the Netherlands for 18 months and became the Dutch Junior Champion, an online obituary said.
For a time, he was considered to be among the top 10 riders in the world, according to his son, Mark Myers, in the release. After racing in Holland during his 20s, Gary Myers returned to Denver in the late 1960s, racing throughout the Mountain West and winning endurance races in Steamboat Springs and Crested Butte, among other places.
And even far into his adulthood, he dug his feet into mountain bike racing and won multiple national championships and a world championship in the 1990s in his age class, according to the obituaries.
His father, Fay Myers, was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and founded Fay Myers Motorcycle Company in 1948 on West Alameda Avenue in Denver. Gary Myers assumed leadership of the company in the 1970s and, with his motorcycle racer’s enthusiasm and knowledge, built it into the better-known Fay Myers Motorcycle World, the release said.
The shop relocated after a “catastrophic fire” in 2002, White said. It sits at 9700 E. Arapahoe Road in Greenwood Village, just a short walk west of the Centennial border. Myers successfully managed the business through the fire, the online obituary said.
The business sold in 2004 — after which Schomp took over — but Gary Myers still carved out a place as a “great motorcycle and business leader in the powersports world,” White said.
Myers was among those who started what would become the Powersports Dealers Association of Colorado, an effort toward “legislation to protect people’s rights to ride and to help all dealers be better,” White said. After its beginnings as the Colorado Motorcycle Dealers Association, it expanded its lobbying influence in the late 1980s, said Jerry Abboud, the association’s executive director.
“His participation probably lasted, I don’t know, 35-plus years, somewhere in that neck of the woods,” said Abboud, a former longtime employee at Fay Myers. “He was pretty closely involved all those years.”
More personally, friends at the Fay Myers shop remembered Myers as a man with a knack for caring.
“He was the best person I ever worked for. We had a lot of fun and did a lot of business,” Fay Myers parts manager Scott Rosenthal, who starting working with Myers in 1979, said in the release. “We always went trail riding or motocross riding on the weekends.”
Fay Myers sales manager Gary Merrill recalled when Myers came to the shop a couple of months ago for a retirement party.
“He could remember every person who ever worked there … it was a family affair,” Merrill said in the release. “He came down here often, and everybody was always happy to see him … My phone has been ringing non-stop with people calling expressing sorrow and telling Myers stories. He told me once that when you’re dying, all you have is memories. Exactly right. We have the greatest memories in the world.”
“He had one of the best measures of a life well lived,” Mark Myers, his son, said. “It’s unbelievable the number of people who’ve reached out to me to tell how much he was loved.”
He is survived by his mother, his partner, his two children and their spouses, three grandchildren, his sisters, a niece, and two nephews.
And, the obituary said, “countless friends.”
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