RIO RANCHO, N.M. -- Don Chalmers, an auto dealer who represented New Mexico on the board of the National Automobile Dealers Association and was chairman of NADA's government relations committee, died April 20. He was 65.
After working briefly for Ford Motor Co. in Houston, Chalmers became a manager at a dealership in San Antonio. Afterward, he became a partner at Sound Ford in Seattle. He would go on to manage eight dealerships in the Seattle area before selling his stake and returning to his native Tulsa, Okla., where he owned two stores.
He later sold his Tulsa dealerships and moved to New Mexico, where he owned Don Chalmers Ford in Rio Rancho and Chalmers Capitol Ford-Lincoln in Santa Fe.