H. Wayne Huizenga passes away
Posted in Multimedia on April 5, 2018
H. Wayne Huizenga, the entrepreneur who grew Waste Management from a single garbage truck into a Fortune 500 company and similary expanded Blockbuster video and AutoNation into vast enterprises and owned three South Florida sports teams, died on March 22 at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 80.
Bob Henninger, executive vice president of Huizenga Holdings, Mr. Huizenga’s investment vehicle, confirmed the death, saying Mr. Huizenga had long been treated for cancer.
Harry Wayne Huizenga was born on Dec. 29, 1937, in Chicago to Jean and Harry Huizenga. The family moved to Florida when he was a teenager, and he graduated from Pine Crest High School in Fort Lauderdale. He attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., but dropped out to pursue his business interests. His first marriage, to Joyce Vanderwagon, ended in divorce. His second wife, the former Martha Jean Pike, died last year.
Besides his son Wayne, Mr. Huizenga is survived by three other children, Scott and Ray Huizenga and Pamela Huizenga Alexander, and 11 grandchildren. He was a significant donor to the Republican Party and remained active in Huizenga Holdings until his death.
View the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame induction details for H. Wayne Huizenga.
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