Garmin International co-founder Gary Burrell dies

June 14, 2019 - 4:50 am

One of the co-founders of Olathe-based Garmin International has passed away.

The GPS navigation company announced Thursday that Gary Burrell died on Wednesday. He was 81. 

Burrell, who earned a bachelor's in electrical engineering at Wichita State University, would co-found Garmin with Dr. Min Kao in 1989. The company says among all of his accomplishments, Burrell was most proud of the jobs he created.

"It has been both a great privilege and a blessing to have known this amazing man and I know his legacy will live on," Kao said in a release.

We are sorry to hear of the passing of one of the true pillars of our community, @Garmin Co-Founder Gary Burrell.

Gary helped transform numerous industries, including technology, aviation and sports.

Mayor Michael Copeland reflects on his impact to Olathe below.

— City Of Olathe, KS (@CityofOlatheKS) June 13, 2019
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