About Sooter’s Auto Service
Family owned and operated Tucson auto repair for over 70 years
Sooters Auto Service has been in business since 1946. Started by Joe Sooter, Sooters has been a family owned Tucson auto repair shop. Randy Sooter (Joe’s son) took over the business in 1980 and has since retired after 35 years. The business is currently run by Randy’s daughter Kim. We have 5 technicians two who have been with Sooter’s for over 25 years.
Randy Sooter, Retired
Randy is a native Tucsonan. He began working for his father after being discharged from the United States Army in February 1968. He ran Sooter’s like a family owned business. He volunteered for the Department of Defense for the Employment Support of the Guard and Reserve. He is a founding member of the 162nd Fighter Wing Minuteman Committee. He sponsors youth activities and ladies bowling team.
He retired after 47 years. He enjoys traveling throughout the Northwest with his yellow Lab Princess in his Motorhome. He also is very active with his two granddaughters Emarie and Ava.
Kim Sooter, Owner
Kim came home 6 years ago to learn the family business so that her father could retire. The importance of family, integrity and history made it important for her to carry out her grandfather, Joe’s dream. She has solely run the business for 3 ½ years and bought the business in 2016. She has taken automotive classes through Pima Community College, is the secretary for the Tucson Chapter ASA and sits on the board for the automotive JTED program.
Kim’s hobbies include cycling, water skiing, camping, hiking and just about anything else outdoors.
Paul Wesner, Technician
Paul started in automotive in 1967. He has been with Sooter’s since 1980. He has his ASE Master Technician and Advanced Level Specialist Certifications as well as an Associate’s Degree in Automotive from Pima Community College. He participates yearly with continued automotive training. He was very happy to choose this as his profession. To this day he still enjoys repairing vehicles. “Sooter’s is like a 2nd home.”
Paul is an avid cyclist who also enjoys fishing and hiking.
Dave Green, Technician
Dave started working for Sooter’s in 1990. He graduated Pima College in 1977 with an associate’s degree in applied science for automotive. He also has his ASE Master Technician and Advanced Level Specialist Certifications. He participates yearly with continued automotive training.
Dave works on and restores old cars as a hobby.
Kyle Porter, Technician
Kyle has been working on vehicles professionally for 15 year. His father, who is a technician, has provided Kyle with hands on training with vehicles from an early age. He has 7 out of 8 ASE Certifications and is currently working on his Master Technician and Advanced Level Specialist Certification. He has been at Sooter’s for over 5 years.
Kyle’s hobbies are hunting, shooting, camping, fishing, BBQ’s and spending time with his family.
Scott Kelly, Technician
Scott moved to Tucson in 1972. His education was at Sal Pointe High School, Arizona State University and Pima College. He has been a technician for over 35 years. He has been a certified technician for 30 years and a Master Certified Technician for 25 years.
His hobbies and interest include traveling, cruising, camping, hiking, cycling and all forms of auto racing. He and his wife enjoy being outdoors together. Both are active in their church and in their community always finding new ways to help others.
Cruz Figueroa, Technician
Cruz joined Sooter’s in 2015. He has graduated Pima Community College with a degree in Automotive Technology. He is constantly learning and works closely with Paul’s helpful supervision. Cruz is always striving to be at his fullest potential, wanting to be the best.
He enjoys working on all vehicles especially older classy vehicles. He also loves spending time with his family and wouldn’t change it for the world.