Kent Leslie KING

August 27, 1940January 3, 2019

Kent King, 78, of Tucson, AZ passed away on January 3, 2019 from lung cancer complications with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Gail, daughter Deborah (Scott Dawkins), son Mike (Becky), and grandchildren, Brian Dawkins, Kevin Dawkins, Shelby King, and Kristina Koenig.

Kent was born in Salina, Kansas, but moved to Tucson at a very young age with his parents. He started out by working with his father, Les King, in King’s Garage in Tucson. They went on to establish King’s Garage in Escondido, CA and King Balancing in Phoenix before returning to Tucson. Les and Kent then purchased New Way Auto Parts in 1962. When New Way was purchased, it was a tow yard, body shop, and salvage yard. Kent decided to focus on the salvage yard, closing the tow yard and body shop. Kent loved working at New Way, and worked there with his son, Mike, until his death.

Kent was a sports enthusiast and loved spending time with his family and friends. He was also known for his extraordinary homemade ice cream that was treasured by his grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time in Las Vegas, taking friends and family on memorable weekend trips. Kent dearly loved his wife, Gail, and showed his love through acts of kindness, big and small. He was known to be extremely generous and lived life to the fullest. At the end of his life, Kent expressed his love and gratitude, saying that he could not have scripted a better life.

A visitation will be held at the East Lawn Palms Mortuary in Tucson, AZ on Thursday, January 10th from 6:00pm-8:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Casa De Los Niños, Tucson Summer Music, or the charity of your choice in Kent King’s name


  • Visitation Thursday, January 10, 2019

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John Churilla

January 13, 2019

I met Kent in 1983 when I worked for Bruce Daley. From that time forward Kent was always kind, generous, considerate. I spoke to him almost daily for the past 15 years calling New Way for salvage parts, he almost always answered the phone on the first ring. He would ask about Sheri, and other mutual friends in the collision/insurance business. He'll be greatly missed by family and friends. RIP Mr King.

Bill Janssen

January 10, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with the King family and friends.
Best Salvage

Jerry Brock

January 9, 2019

I am aware of of Kent Kings passing, in the past l have worked with Kent’s family for three generations, the father a sister, and of course Kent.

They were on my hotline from start to finish,25 years.

Kent was a sharp business man, a little grouchy, but always my pleasure to serve them.

When I called him back in the sixties to talk to him about starting a hotline, competing with a giant hotline guru (coast to coast) Kent laughed at me, I forgave him long ago for that, I was scared but it didn’t slow me down😧

Thanks to Kent and the many people who supported me!

RIP Kent King

Raul Montoya

January 8, 2019

Our thoughts and Prayers are with the King family. Kent will me missed. He was Greatly respected and a Huge part of the Auto Recycling Industry.

Raul Montoya
Glendale Auto Parts

Kate Brean

January 8, 2019

My thoughts and prayers to Gail and all the family.
Ron and Kate Brean


January 7, 2019

To the King and New Way Auto Parts Family our deepest condolences.

Knowing Kent for many years it is truly a loss of a good guy and he was well respected in the industry.

Our sincere wish for the family and friends of Kent is to have peace in knowing he is now at peace.


The Glendale Auto Parts Team

andy haddad

January 7, 2019

So sorry for your loss, Kent will be missed. i-17 Auto Parts.


January 7, 2019

He was one of the first auto recyclers we did business with 44 years ago. He was a big help in getting us started and going in the right direction. Mike has done a great job in continuing the legacy of New Way Auto Parts. Our best to all and his memory will be with us always. From all of us at M and R Auto Salvage

Sandy Blalock

January 7, 2019

Kent will be greatly missed. He was such an asset to our industry and our association for many years. His knowledge and understanding of our industry with all the history over the years helped the foundation of our association. Rest in Peace Kent!

We will keep the King family in our thoughts and prayers. Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you. Kent will always be in our thoughts and forever in our hearts.

Bruce Daley

January 6, 2019

Kent King was an OUTSTANDING man.

When it is all said and done, if the measure of a man is based on the positive influence he had on those who knew him, the quality of the relationship he had with his wife and children, and what kind of people those children grew up to become, then Kent King is beyond compare.

I met Kent in 1970, at a time in my life where the direction I would go was forming, and thank god Kent was there to help guide me. Kent showed the genuine compassion that made me, and I am certain many others, feel comfortable asking for his advice in all matters from business to personal life, and the wisdom of his answers was always profound.

Thank you Kent for pointing me in the right direction.

May you rest in peace my good friend.