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April 26, 2002 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Mabee, who parlayed a $2,000 investment in a mom-and-pop grocery store into a financial empire that included a supermarket chain, an insurance company and one of thoroughbred racing's most successful breeding and racing farms, has died. He was 80. Mabee, who suffered two strokes in the last two years, the most recent less than two weeks ago at his Golden Eagle Farm in Ramona, Calif., died Wednesday night at a care facility in Del Mar, Calif.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2002 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Mabee, who parlayed a $2,000 investment in a mom-and-pop grocery store into a financial empire that included a supermarket chain, an insurance company and one of thoroughbred racing's most successful breeding and racing farms, has died. He was 80. Mabee, who suffered two strokes in the last two years, the most recent less than two weeks ago at his Golden Eagle Farm in Ramona, Calif., died Wednesday night at a care facility in Del Mar, Calif.
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BUSINESS
September 4, 1987 | CHRIS KRAUL, San Diego County Business Editor
Horse breeder, supermarket chain magnate and insurance company owner John Mabee has made an investment in Bank of Southern California that, if approved by regulators, will give him a more than 20% stake in the institution, Mabee's son, Larry, said Thursday. Mabee made the investment along with 14 other investors as part of a 400,000-share, $2-million private placement of stock and warrants completed July 31, Bank of Southern California President Ronald Bird said Thursday.
SPORTS
April 20, 2002 | Bill Christine
John Mabee, a founding member of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and owner and breeder of top horses in California for more than 30 years, was listed in critical condition Friday at the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido after suffering a stroke earlier in the week. Mabee, 80, was breathing with the help of a respirator, according to a statement from the Del Mar track.
BUSINESS
October 4, 1993 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Big Bear Markets to Be Sold: The San Diego-based supermarket chain, with 24 stores, will be sold to grocery wholesaler Fleming Foods of Oklahoma City and a supermarket chain whose identity will be made public "in the coming weeks," the companies said. Terms of the sale were not released. Big Bear is controlled by John Mabee, who also owns Golden Eagle Insurance, one of the largest California-based commercial insurance carriers.
BUSINESS
February 16, 1997 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK and CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Among those who have come to know John C. Mabee--whether as businessman, horse breeder or leader of San Diego high society--one opinion stands out. "He's a hard-ass," says a horse-racing acquaintance, "a defiant, ornery cuss who should never be in a regulated business." In fact, it was Mabee's very involvement in a regulated business--insurance--and his increasingly personal conflict with the state's insurance commissioner that have produced what for him could be a staggering financial disaster.
SPORTS
April 20, 2002 | Bill Christine
John Mabee, a founding member of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and owner and breeder of top horses in California for more than 30 years, was listed in critical condition Friday at the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido after suffering a stroke earlier in the week. Mabee, 80, was breathing with the help of a respirator, according to a statement from the Del Mar track.
SPORTS
March 21, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE
This time of year, it's not unusual to hear a trainer say: "My owner's got Derby fever." This sends the trainer to the phone, to make shipping plans for Arkansas or Kentucky or New York, where some track will be running a prep race for the Kentucky Derby. Then the horse will run a strong half-mile before finishing eighth or ninth. The trip will have cost thousands of dollars. But by now, Derby fever is out of control.
SPORTS
July 24, 1991 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Mabee is used to seeing things grow. The son of an Iowa farmer, Mabee came West almost 50 years ago with his wife, Betty, and their 3-month-old son, arriving in San Diego in a 1941 Ford coupe, all their possessions in tow. Not long afterward, they bought a grocery store for $2,000. That mom-and-pop operation was the start of the Big Bear supermarket chain, now 29 stores strong. In 1957, the Mabees attended their first Del Mar yearling sale and bought two horses for $6,000.
BUSINESS
February 25, 1997 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush on Monday threatened to sue ousted Golden Eagle Insurance owner John Mabee to recover $69 million in personal unsecured loans the company made to him before its Jan. 31 takeover by state regulators. The demand is part of Quackenbush's effort to turn up the heat on Mabee, who was ousted by regulators when the state assumed control of Golden Eagle, the state's third-largest workers' compensation insurer.
SPORTS
October 1, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was no for-sale sign hanging over Worldly Manner's head, but when his owners, John and Betty Mabee, were asked to price him and a mystery buyer in Kentucky met that price, the deal was made. "An offer we couldn't refuse," Rick Taylor said Wednesday at Santa Anita. "Yeah, it sounds like it's right out of 'The Godfather.' " Taylor is the racing manager for the Mabees' Golden Eagle Farm, and when asked if Worldly Manner brought $5 million, he just smiled.
SPORTS
March 21, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE
This time of year, it's not unusual to hear a trainer say: "My owner's got Derby fever." This sends the trainer to the phone, to make shipping plans for Arkansas or Kentucky or New York, where some track will be running a prep race for the Kentucky Derby. Then the horse will run a strong half-mile before finishing eighth or ninth. The trip will have cost thousands of dollars. But by now, Derby fever is out of control.
BUSINESS
February 28, 1997 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Top executives of Golden Eagle Insurance Co. engaged in a "conscious strategy of misleading the state" by manipulating the company's data records, state Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush charged Thursday. At a news conference here in which he accused ousted Chairman John Mabee and Mabee's lieutenants of conducting a "shell game" with Golden Eagle's finances, Quackenbush produced what he said was new evidence of the scale of their mismanagement.
BUSINESS
February 25, 1997 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush on Monday threatened to sue ousted Golden Eagle Insurance owner John Mabee to recover $69 million in personal unsecured loans the company made to him before its Jan. 31 takeover by state regulators. The demand is part of Quackenbush's effort to turn up the heat on Mabee, who was ousted by regulators when the state assumed control of Golden Eagle, the state's third-largest workers' compensation insurer.
BUSINESS
February 16, 1997 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK and CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Among those who have come to know John C. Mabee--whether as businessman, horse breeder or leader of San Diego high society--one opinion stands out. "He's a hard-ass," says a horse-racing acquaintance, "a defiant, ornery cuss who should never be in a regulated business." In fact, it was Mabee's very involvement in a regulated business--insurance--and his increasingly personal conflict with the state's insurance commissioner that have produced what for him could be a staggering financial disaster.
BUSINESS
October 4, 1993 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Big Bear Markets to Be Sold: The San Diego-based supermarket chain, with 24 stores, will be sold to grocery wholesaler Fleming Foods of Oklahoma City and a supermarket chain whose identity will be made public "in the coming weeks," the companies said. Terms of the sale were not released. Big Bear is controlled by John Mabee, who also owns Golden Eagle Insurance, one of the largest California-based commercial insurance carriers.
BUSINESS
February 28, 1997 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Top executives of Golden Eagle Insurance Co. engaged in a "conscious strategy of misleading the state" by manipulating the company's data records, state Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush charged Thursday. At a news conference here in which he accused ousted Chairman John Mabee and Mabee's lieutenants of conducting a "shell game" with Golden Eagle's finances, Quackenbush produced what he said was new evidence of the scale of their mismanagement.
SPORTS
October 1, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was no for-sale sign hanging over Worldly Manner's head, but when his owners, John and Betty Mabee, were asked to price him and a mystery buyer in Kentucky met that price, the deal was made. "An offer we couldn't refuse," Rick Taylor said Wednesday at Santa Anita. "Yeah, it sounds like it's right out of 'The Godfather.' " Taylor is the racing manager for the Mabees' Golden Eagle Farm, and when asked if Worldly Manner brought $5 million, he just smiled.
SPORTS
July 24, 1991 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Mabee is used to seeing things grow. The son of an Iowa farmer, Mabee came West almost 50 years ago with his wife, Betty, and their 3-month-old son, arriving in San Diego in a 1941 Ford coupe, all their possessions in tow. Not long afterward, they bought a grocery store for $2,000. That mom-and-pop operation was the start of the Big Bear supermarket chain, now 29 stores strong. In 1957, the Mabees attended their first Del Mar yearling sale and bought two horses for $6,000.
BUSINESS
September 4, 1987 | CHRIS KRAUL, San Diego County Business Editor
Horse breeder, supermarket chain magnate and insurance company owner John Mabee has made an investment in Bank of Southern California that, if approved by regulators, will give him a more than 20% stake in the institution, Mabee's son, Larry, said Thursday. Mabee made the investment along with 14 other investors as part of a 400,000-share, $2-million private placement of stock and warrants completed July 31, Bank of Southern California President Ronald Bird said Thursday.
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