Gave millions to help students and animals: Marti Huizenga, wife of Wayne Huizenga, dies at 74


Marti Huizenga (Source: The Miami Herald)

From The Miami Herald: In 1999, the Huizengas donated $1 million to United Way organizations in Martin and St. Lucie counties, where the Fort Lauderdale couple had a private golf course.

Born Martha Jean Pike in San Antonio, Florida, on Nov. 26, 1942, Marti Huizenga was working as a secretary at one of Wayne Huizenga’s companies when she became his second wife in 1972. He was the first U.S. entrepreneur to launch three Fortune 500 companies — Waste Management, Blockbuster Entertainment and AutoNation.

She has received the American Heart Association Golden Heart Award, the Silver Boys and Girls Club of America Medallion Award, the Habitat for Humanity of Broward Spirit of Humanity Award, the Sun-Sentinel Publisher’s Community Service Award, and the Child Care Connection Child Advocate of the Year award.

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