Lum’s Auto Center is turning 50, serving the coastal communities of Oregon and Southwest Washington for 50 years.

David Lum, Astoria High School’s most famous (and only) left-handed Chinese quarterback, is a native Astorian who has only left Astoria long enough to: graduate from Linfield College, begin his teaching career in Echo, Oregon, and meet and marry his wife Shirley in Portland. He knew he always wanted to return home to Astoria to raise his family on the Oregon coast.

In October of 1969, David Lum opened Toyota of Astoria. The guiding principal has always been service. “Cars will come and go,” he said in a release celebrating the anniversary. “People, your friends and neighbors, you must take care of and serve well. They are your friends and neighbors forever.”

Dave and Shirley Lum’s three daughters have joined the dealerships to ensure Lum’s remains a family focused dealership with the purpose of providing a quality experience while connecting our communities.

Lum’s employees continue to observe that motto  at Toyota, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Warrenton and the newly acquired Buick, GMC, Cadillac dealership in McMinnville. Lori Lum, president and dealer principal of both dealerships stated: “Our focus will always be the best experience possible for our customer, our employees and our community.”

A celebration of 50 years takes place Saturday, Oct. 19, in Warrenton, from noon to 4 p.m The event feature live music, food, giveaways and more. 

Lum's is located 1605 SE Ensign Ln, Warrenton; 503-861-1144.

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