PHOENIX, AZ– Long-time U-Haul principal Harry DeShong Jr. passed away Thurs., Sept. 13. He was 58. DeShong was responsible for U-Haul vehicle acquisition from GM, Ford, Navistar, Toyota, and Chrysler, and was associated with U-Haul since around 1968.

DeShong served on the U-Haul Board of Directors and held numerous executive positions in the company. At his passing, DeShong was executive vice president in charge of the U-Haul Technical Center in Tempe, Ariz.

DeShong was a graduate of Arizona State University and a decorated Vietnam veteran — a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars-Oak Leaf Clusters, and a Purple Heart.

Industry watchers will remember DeShong from the U-Haul SuperGraphic Program and expansion of the U-Haul Dealership Program.

DeShong is survived by his wife Patti, daughter Heather, mother Elaine, and sisters Dee Freeman and Diane French.

Updated  May 23, 2014