Frank DeSomma founded Phoenix-basd Patriot Ordnance Factory in 2002, makers of quality rifles, pistols, as well as GLOCK and various AR platform parts.
ABC15.com reports that DeSomma was killed in an automobile accident last night.
Authorities say 57-year-old Frank De Somma was driving a Jeep on Carefree Highway near Interstate 17 on Thursday evening when he went off the road and crashed.
A witness indicated that a red or orange car may have turned in front of the Jeep, causing De Somma to swerve and lose control.
When the Jeep went off the road, it rolled over causing serious injuries to De Somma. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to police.
DeSomma was universally respected and well-liked by those who knew him in the industry. He will be missed.