By: Melissa Warren
Jerry Herbst, Founder and Chairman of Terrible Herbst Inc., passed away peacefully at his home on November 27, 2018, at the age of 80. Jerry loved all things Nevada and was very proud to have founded the locally owned and operated chain, Terrible Herbst Inc., in 1959, growing the company with the community. Although his father started with Martin Oil in Chicago in 1938, and the Terrible Name was actually given to him during his movement of the company out west, Jerry created the Terrible’s brand that today consists of more than 160 convenience stores, car wash and lube locations throughout Southern Nevada. Just this summer, the company opened Terrible’s Road House, a 50,000-square-foot convenience store and the world’s largest Chevron with 96 pumps that now stands as a capstone to Jerry’s remarkable career building a company that has become an integral part of the Southern Nevada community. In total, Terrible Herbst provides employment to more than 2,300 individuals throughout its numerous organizations.
While best known in the community for his business acumen and philanthropic efforts, that is just the beginning of his impact on Southern Nevada. Jerry loved all forms of racing and was an inductee into both the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame and the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame, as well as pioneering the sport, and creating Herbst Motorsports. Terrible Herbst’s famous gas-slinging caricature logo is a beloved representation of Jerry’s nickname – “the best bad guy of the West.”
The giant flags, for which Terrible Herbst is known and which symbolize Jerry’s love of country, will be lowered to half-staff in his remembrance at all Terrible Herbst locations beginning tomorrow, November 28. Plans for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.