April 2013
In 1981 the late Ed Kenley fulfilled a life-long dream and returned to business in his own home town, buying the old Layton Ford store. What he started there was not just a thriving business, but also a culture and a legacy for his co-workers and protégés; a dedication to customers that remains the model for the dealership today. As a husband, father, businessman and ardent community supporter, Ed Kenley is sorely missed, but his philosophy and memory continue stronger than ever.

Ed Kenley Ford has grown from a stock of only 50 units in 1981 to nearly 300 units today. The dealership moved from the original location at 1573 N. Main to a ten acre site at 1888 N. Main in 1988. The new facility and 'Truck Corral' won the Layton City Beautification Award in 1994. Ed Kenley Ford also received the coveted "Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award" both in 1993(honoring Ed) and 1998 (honoring Jewel Lee).

This "Ford Motor Co. President's Award" winning dealership has earned Blue Oval status continually throughout the program. All of the dealership's salesmen are Ford Certified and the award winning service department has over 30 bays to serve customers' needs, with five Senior Master Certified technicians leading their team. With the addition of the QuickLane, Car Barn and EKF Custom Detail Shop and Larsen Boat Sales Center, Ed Kenley Ford continues to grow and serve the community.

Tragically, Ed's life was cut short in an automobile accident in 1993, but in 12 short years, he created a lasting legacy that survives and thrives today. Some of Ed's accomplishments and community involvement included Board member of Layton Chamber of Commerce and Oakridge Country Club; Chairman, Utah Auto Dealers Assoc.; President, Northern Utah Auto Dealers; member of Top of Utah Military Affairs Committee, Weber State University's Presidents' Society and the Wildcat Club. 

In 1992 Ed was named the Utah State Chamber of Commerce Total Citizen. In 1994, Ed Kenley was inducted (posthumously) into the Utah Automobile Dealers' Hall of Fame.

Still family owned and operated by Ed's wife Jewel Lee (Julie) and son Brett Kenley, Ed Kenley Ford is pleased with its reputation and its record as a successful private franchise. The management team has remained essentially the same for 20 years now, continuing the philosophy and direction of a great businessman.

Everyone at Ed Kenley Ford is committed to involvement in the community. It is our way of showing appreciation for the great place in which we all live!

  • Principal Supporter of the Edward A Kenley Centennial Amphitheater and the Davis Arts Council
  • Annual Scholarships to Weber State University - Edward A Kenley Foreign Language Scholarship;
  • Anya L Kenley Fine Arts Scholarship - full tuition and fees; over 50 awarded since 1991
  • Ford FFA Scholarship - annually
  • Drive One for Your School Events - 2 events annually at area high schools
  • Aerospace Heritage Foundation
  • Air Force Assn. - annual Symposium
  • High Schools Senior Graduation night - Northridge, Layton, Clearfield, Syracuse, Davis and St. Joseph
  • Western Music Festival
  • Antelope Island Stampede and Balloon Festival
  • Cowboy Legends Poetry Festival
  • U & I Kiwanis Clubs
  • Utah Sheriffs' Assn.
  • Make A Wish Fdn.
  • Davis County Charitable Gala
  • Ogden School Fdn.
  • Davis School Fdn.
  • Ed Kenley Golf Tournaments at The Bluff and Valley View Golf Courses
  • Regular contributor to various golf events
  • Davis Chamber of Commerce

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