After Beloved Business Owner Dies, Community Finds Awesome Way to Help His Family

March 10, 2018 5:22 pm Last Updated: March 10, 2018 5:22 pm

Danny Marz was always the first one to help, locals say. He promoted concerts, raised money for and supported local charities, and everybody remembered his smile.

On Thursday, March 8, Danny Marz suddenly passed away. His family announced on Friday they would close their business, Pit Stop Car Wash and Coffee in Tooele, Utah, to allow time to mourn.

Others from the community wanted to help the family and figured out a great way to do so—they volunteered to keep the Pit Stop open.

“We just didn’t want them to lose out on the money they need to take care of family,” said Jon Gossett, Danny’s friend and president of the Life’s Worth Living Foundation, which focuses on suicide prevention.

“I called some people and said, ‘Who can come down and help me? And we’ll open it up,'” he said, Fox 13 reported.

A barista from another coffee shop offered to run the espresso machines and even Tooele City Mayor Debbie Winn jumped in to help, even though she originally stopped by just to order lunch.  She saw they needed help and being a food handler permit holder, stepped in to prepare meals and treats. Some other volunteers just learned the tasks as they went.

“We have a wonderful community here,” the mayor said, choking up. “People just jump in and help when they need to be helped.”