November 18, 2002
Obituary - William Ernest "Mac" McIntosh, Jr.
William Ernest "Mac" McIntosh Jr., 59, passed away Nov. 6 of an apparent heart attack. A Woodinville resident, McIntosh was the president and CEO of Kirkland Chrysler-Jeep of Kirkland.
Born on June 13, 1943, in Des Moines, Iowa, McIntosh grew up in Minneapolis where he developed his love of football. In 1963, he enlisted in the Marines and served in the Vietnam War where he became a Sergeant E-5. After serving his country, he attended college and received a degree in Economics from McAlester College in St. Paul and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.
Employed by the Chrysler Corporation in sales, marketing and merchandising, McIntosh advanced to staff executive in North American Sales. During this time he was commissioned by Chairman Lee Iacocca to develop the retail dealer program and placed Chrysler's first 24 minority dealers in the country.
He was the past president and co-founder of NAMAD, the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers, and CMDA, Chrysler Motors Minority Dealer Association.
Moving to Woodinville, McIntosh became the 25th minority dealer with the purchase of North Seattle Chrysler. In 1995 he bought Kirkland Chrysler-Jeep.
McIntosh held the distinction for eight years as one of Black Enterprise's Top 100 Automotive Dealers, receiving a ranking as high as 13 with $55 million dollars in sales revenue. As the recipient of many awards in the auto industry, he was equally honored for his outstanding business and community contributions. He also operated a real estate company, Mack and Sons LLC, with his three sons.
McIntosh was the owner of The Puget Sound Jets, a community-based football team that has won the Semi-Pro Conference Championship many times, including for the year 2002 and will play in the Semi-Pro Super Bowl Championship in in Florida in December.
He leaves his wife of 27 years, Helen; three sons, Brian, Blair and Blake; two daughters, Tambra and Monica; granddaughter, Lindsey L. Wilson; and his mother, Thelma M. McIntosh.
Services were held last Friday at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Internment was at the Acacia Memorial Park.
Memorials can be sent to The Puget Sound Jets, c/o Kirkland Chrysler-Jeep, 12828 NE 124th St., Kirkland, WA 98033.