Co-Owner, Walt Grigsby
Coming of age in Northern Arizona, hand built off-road trucks were Walt’s mode of teenage freedom, satisfying his need for adventure. Having scaled mountains, traversed deserts and blazed trails in these rigs, Walt understands (and still carries today) that desire to explore it all!
You could say that gears and oil are in the Grigsby genes, Walt’s father was endlessly restoring vintage cars and trucks—completing projects ranging from collision repairs to custom classics for movie sets. People knew to call “Big Walt” when only handcrafted excellence would do. Young Walt spent summers honing considerable skills in his father’s body shop where he cut his teeth on classic 1980’s Toyota 4×4’s. With growing interest and exceptional vision, he completed an ambitious build at just 17 years old. The amalgamation of great pieces from a handful of salvaged trucks, the vehicle comprised a main body, frame and driveline from one, updated front-end from a newer model, custom suspension and a tricked-out rebuilt engine from yet another. The entire project was completed in-house by Walt with just a bit of guidance from his dad.
After high school, the question of “what’s over that mountain” became “what’s over that ocean” and Walt continued to honor his nature for exploration while serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. His top-tier vocational aptitude enabled him to choose Marine Corps Aviation Maintenance as his Military Occupational Specialty. He spent five years maintaining and crewing the Marine Corps’ CH-46 Sea Knight, affectionately known as the “Battle Phrog.” Walt served in Bosnia and other Mediterranean zones, often deployed at sea with Marine Expeditionary Units (MEUs).
In the summer of 2001, Walt embraced civilian life again and earned his degree in Aviation Maintenance from San Diego Miramar. The desire for a more self-sufficient and rural life fueled Walt’s desire to relocate to Bend, Oregon. And now, it is here, in the Oregon wilderness, that Walt’s deep-rooted passion for durable trucks is called into action for the valued clients of Grigsby Truck Company.