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Community remembers Tampa Businessman, Olin Mott

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Hundreds of people gathered at the Florida State Fairgrounds to remember Olin Mott Monday afternoon.

The Tampa businessman, known for his chain of tire stores, was honored for his legacy on contributions he made to his community by family, friends, and employees.

He had a life that had a purpose, and it was a life with passion," said Pastor J.W. Bill Carr.

Mott died last week at the age of 92.  He was a decorated war veteran, and survived the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

He dedicated much of his time to charitable works. He started an equestrian center and the fairgrounds, and raised money for the University of South Florida.

Perhaps his greatest legacy will be Joshua House, a home for abused children in Tampa.

"His heart was always in the right place. He never did anything for himself," said Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee.  Gee met Mott through a mentoring program at USF.  "He was a person driven by this community to do good things." Gee said.

He raised a lot money through fundraiser's on the golf course, which was a passion of Mott's, as well.

"He'd give you everything he had," one young man remembered with a laugh during the memorial service. "Just don't bet him $5 a hole of golf." he said.

Mott is survived by his wife, Doris, their children and four grandchildren.

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