Local businessman Tex Thorp dies at 83


Longtime Bakersfield businessman Tex Thorp died after a long battle with heart disease at the age of 83.

For more than four decades, Thorp was the point-man for Harley_Davidson in Kern County.

Thorp’s Harley-Davidson was the premiere dealership for the motorcycle manufacturer in the Southern Valley.

C.D. Tex Thorp came to California from Texas to attend college, but ended up working on Harleys for a dealer in Southern California. He went on to become a manager and in 1964 Tex and his wife Pat came to Bakersfield to open their own shop.

Besides their successful business, Tex and his family were deeply involved in the community, often rounding up their Harley customers to ride in fundraisers for local non-profits, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Tex and Pat just celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary about a week ago.

Everybody loved Tex. He had a biker’s toughness, but a heart as big as Texas.

A celebration of Tex Thorp’s life will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Bakersfield on Saturday, July 28 at 11 a.m.

The public is invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, the Thorp family asks that donations be made to the Northminster Presbyterian Church on North Union Avenue in Bakersfield or to a charity of your choice.

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