Max Allen Mahaffey, who had attained the age of 96 just 9 days before, passed away on August 29, 2021, in Conroe, Texas. A husband and a father, he was retired from running his own business for 26 years in Conroe, Max Mahaffey Ford.
He was born on his family's farm in Oconto, Nebraska on August 19, 1925, the second of four boys to Charles and Sarah Louise (nee Pressey) Mahaffey. His oldest brother survives him. During WWII he served in the US Navy on the escort carrier USS Steamer Bay; after earning his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1949, he served his country again in Korea as a member of the US Air Force Reserve. After his service, he began working for Ford Motor Company in their Dallas, Texas office and in 1958 married Claire Nigro. They were married for 63 years until his passing; she also survives him.
Max and Claire raised three children, Scott, Jan and Jill. Jill Mahaffey predeceased him, but he is survived by Scott Mahaffey and his partner Jorge Lizarralde of New York, New York and Jan Mahaffey Archibald and her husband Tom Archibald of Austin, Texas. He is also survived by nephews and great-nephews, nieces and great-nieces.
In 1964, after becoming an instructor for Ford Marketing Institute including a three month assignment in Brussels, Belgium he was transferred to Ford Division's main office in Dearborn, Michigan. In 1970, after 16 years with Ford, he became the Ford and Mercury dealer in Conroe, successfully operating and expanding the business until his retirement in 1996. During that time he was a member of the Ford Dealers Advertising Fund, the National Automobile Dealers Association and served the Texas Automobile Dealers Association as Vice Chairman in 1985 and as Chairman in 1989. Locally, he served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of First National Bank of Conroe, on the Conroe-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, serving as President in 1983, and served on the Conroe Independent School District Community Budget Committee and United Way of Montgomery County.
Max and Claire have been active members of First United Methodist Church in Conroe since moving here in 1970, with Max having served on the Finance Committee and the Administrative Board.
He was a longtime supporter of his Alma Mater's football team, the Longhorns, attending hundreds of home games in Austin. Bringing guests to Memorial Stadium was a favorite activity of his for decades.
And in addition to his family, his business, his church and his community, he had a great love of flying. He obtained his pilot's license in 1951 and his multi-engine and instrument ratings in the mid 1970's. Starting in the 1950's he owned a series of Cessna and Beechcraft singles and twins, including a A35 Bonanza painted his favorite color red, which he only reluctantly parted with after 36 years, in 2018.
After retiring from Max Mahaffey Ford, he continued to be in business for himself. For the last seven years he ran Max Mahaffey Storage, which allowed him to operate equipment to modify his property, an activity he enjoyed, a lifelong love from his childhood on the farm in Nebraska.
Services will be held Friday, September 3, 2021 at Metcalf Funeral Directors, 1801 E White Oak Terrace in Conroe. Viewing will be from 10 am to 11 am. The Funeral Service will held from 11 am to noon followed by a reception. Private internment will be at Garden Park Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Tuscany Assisted Living who cared for him during the last week of his long life.
Published by The Bay Area Citizen from Sep. 1 to Sep. 2, 2021.