The passing of the legendary motorsports editor, Ken Squier, has attracted a lot of public attention towards his wife and family. Ken was married to Elizabeth Thompson for almost four decades.
NASCAR legendary sportscaster found a pillar of support in Elizabeth Thompson, and they stood by each other through all the ups and downs.
Moreover, the couple welcomed two children into their family: a daughter named Ashley and a son named Travis.
Kenley Dean Squier, aka Ken Squier, was born on April 10, 1935, in Waterbury, Vermont, United States.
He was exposed to broadcasting from a very young age as his father, Lloyd, owned and operated WDEV in Waterbury, Vermont.
Beginning his on-air work at 12, Squier inherited the station and served as its longtime principal owner and CEO after his father, Lloyd, passed away in 1979.
During his youth, he founded Catamount Stadium and Motor Racing Network, which announced races on the network before transitioning to television.
Furthermore, Dean served as a pit reporter for the first live “flag-to-flag” coverage on ABC in 1971 and later joined CBS Sports.
Dean contracted COVID-19 in 2020 but successfully recovered. However, complications of an intestinal blockage led to Squier’s death on November 15, 2023.
Ken Squier Wife, Elizabeth Thompson And Children
Ken Squier married Elizabeth Thompson, his second wife, and the couple were married for almost four decades, i.e., for 39 years. However, this was his second marriage; he was previously married to Tom Cooley.
Elizabeth Thompson was born in Australia and is an Australian-American citizen. She and Ken met during the early 1980’s.
After falling in love and dating for a few years, the couple tied the knot and exchanged their vows in a private ceremony in 1984.
Later, they welcomed two children into their family: a daughter named Ashley Jane Squier and a son named Travis Squier.
During their time together, the couple and their children resided in Stowe, Virginia.
Moreover, the couple shared a sheep farm in Vermont and stood by each other in both good and tough times.
Once, Elizabeth stated that there are many awful things on television, and returning home to Vermont is what has kept Ken sane.
Thompson and Ken used to attend many party events and honors together, where she appeared extremely proud of her husband.
Ken didn’t disclose much about his private life to the public, unlike the information he shared about his career.
Ken And His Legacy
Although he never participated in racing himself, Squier made significant contributions to the growth of NASCAR.
He earned much praise as a superb storyteller from NASCAR’s chairman and CEO, Jim France.
Best known for coining the phrase ‘The Great American Race,’ Squier’s influence extended beyond broadcasting.
NASCAR honored Squier by naming its annual media excellence award after him.
In 2018, NASCAR named Ken to its Hall of Fame, and the racing community deeply respects his legacy as a voice of NASCAR.
Additionally, he earned respect with Hall of Fame inductions in 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2010.
Furthermore, Ken is recognized for his memorable call during the 1979 Daytona 500 when he exclaimed, “And there’s a fight.”
Ken was a beloved broadcaster among many fans who say they will miss hearing his voice.