Death Of James Clark Founder Of James Gaskets

It is sadly that we report that James Clark, founder of James Gaskets, a leader in V-Twin after-market gaskets, oil seals and o-rings passed away suddenly last Friday September 6th. Funerals are this Tuesday at 11 AM in Carson, Nevada.

18 Responses to “Death Of James Clark Founder Of James Gaskets”

  1. 1 scott Sep 11th, 2007 at 8:48 am

    It is a shame to see news of his pasing. I certainly hope that his company lives on, and provide the community with the same high quality gaskets and seals as before.

  2. 2 jatinder Sep 12th, 2007 at 4:02 am

    R.I.P. bro.

  3. 3 William Mas Sep 12th, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    I am shocked and heartbroken to hear the news about James. He was a great man, a dear friend, a mentor to me personally and the greatest ally my business ever had. I had just received an email from him a few days before. He will be greatly missed.

  4. 4 Mike Kiwi Tomas Sep 12th, 2007 at 9:31 pm

    James Clark was one of our true industries greats. He never took the lime light and he helped so many behind the scenes.
    He was my close personal friend and mentor and the most ethical and proper human being I have ever met. The industry has truly lost one of the greatest assets.
    He was my American dad, the guy who taught me so much, helped groom me to where I’m at today and he was my safety net in life. When I had good news or good things happen, James was the 1st person I’d call. He was always there for me.
    His funeral was yesterday (Tue) and it was the most difficult funeral I have had to deal with.
    I will miss him.
    Mike Kiwi Tomas
    Kiwi Indian m/c Co

  5. 5 Ralph E. Cholez' Jr. Sep 18th, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    James was my boss for the past 15 years but never made me feel like an employee. We worked with James rather than for James. I’m waiting for him to walk in my office and ask how things are going. Sadly, this will never happen again. James taught us well and we are confident in our skills. Our mission will continue and everyone here at James Gaskets want to help fulfill his vision. Talking with his friends in the industry is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. I had great respect for the man and see that I am not alone. It is easy to say when someone has passed that he was a great guy. But, James was a GREAT person. He will be sorely, sorely missed. But, James Gaskets will persevere.
    Sleep well friend… We will take it from here…

  6. 6 Shane Richardson Sep 25th, 2007 at 6:21 pm

    James was not only a great man, but a great mentor, father , uncle, and friend. I loved him very much, him and gere’ were the only ones who never thought any different of me no matter what I did, he was truely one of unconditional love and respect. James Gaskets will go on…and live up to it’s name. My uncle James was as Genuine as his gaskets….love and miss you…RIP

  7. 7 Matt Willey Oct 10th, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    I am saddened to hear today of the passing of James. I had the great fortune of working for James in the early 90’s in Modesto, CA. I offer my deepest sympathy to his family and the employees of the company and hope they will be able to carry on. God bless. RIP

  8. 8 Warren Bennett Oct 23rd, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    Jim Clark will be greatly missed by all that he did for the restoration of older Harley-Davidsons. Without his high quality gaskets and seals many older harleys would still be marking their spots.
    James will be missed by all of at 45 Restoration Co. Albany, New York

  9. 9 Susan Hall (Klokow) Oct 24th, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    I’ve known (Chino) since the late 60’s. His Mom gave me my first Bible. Always the gentleman, Jim treated people with respect. Thank God I have my memories and will cherish them forever. Jim truely touched many lives and he will be missed by all of us. A strong Christian man that is with his Lord. Rest in Peace Chino

  10. 10 Bob "Cody" Ruiz Oct 24th, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    James “Chino” Clark was my best friend in high school. After high school we had lost contact and went our different ways. We reconnected just 3 years ago and picked up where we left off. He told me he had been praying for decades that all of his friends from high school accepted the Lord into their hearts. Well, he was elated to hear from me how many of us had become Christian.

    Chino and Gere were suppose to fly to Oahu from their trip back from China later this year. We were just a month away from seeing each other again! Chino, as I so lovingly called him was a true inspiration to my continued walk with Jesus. We spoke often eother over vthe phone or by email which I will miss greatly.

    Stacey & I pray for the safety and Lord’s comfort for Gere, Jim, Jr., Ryan and David.

    I hope Jesus gave Chino the “Heavenly Harley” he was telling me he was going to ask God for when ever he got there… funny guy, yeah?

    Aloha ke Akua (God Bless you) all,
    Bob “Cody” Ruiz

  11. 11 Stacey Ruiz (Bob "Cody" Ruiz' wife) Oct 25th, 2007 at 4:11 am

    I never had the pleasure to meet James but I did speak to him on the phone once. His voice was full of love and compassion I could feel it right away. With all the stories Bob has shared with me about James – I feel like I knew him my whole life. He prayed for all of his friends ferverently to accept Christ into their lives. Bob and I can never thank him enough for praying with out ceasing. He was on a mission to bring his brothers into God’s kingdom. Praise God for friends like James.

    My heart goes out to the Clark family. We can rest on knowing were our dear brother is. So it is not goodbye; its until we meet again.

    Love * God Bless – Stacey Ruiz

  12. 12 Jim Franco May 28th, 2008 at 5:12 am

    James was a legend to us in the motorcycling community, at 58 years old myself, I grew up in motorcycles knowing of this great man. Just within this past year I purchased a Panhead motorcycle motor from James and his son, Jim. My plan, and I’m working on it now, is to build a tribute bike to James. The paint will include a memorial to him and his legend. You are sadly missed and my heart felt sympathy goes out to your family. God bless.

    Jim Franco
    Seattle, Washington

  13. 13 Susan Hall (Klokow) Sep 4th, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Mr. Franco,
    I would be interested in seeing the bike.

  14. 14 Tamara Smith Jun 15th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Just curious about the “tribute” bike that Jim Franco was planning to build in James’ honor. We will all be at Sturgis this year to honor James at his induction into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame. I hadn’t heard anything regarding the progress of the bike you were working on Jim, but was hoping to maybe see you (and the bike?) in Sturgis. Please let us (at James Gaskets) know how it’s going! Call 775-246-2220 or write Thanks!

  15. 15 Jim Franco Sep 7th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Susan and Tamara,

    It is of importance to me that James receive the honor of having this “Tribute” bike built. I have all intentions of doing so. Let me say that I build maybe 2 HD’s a year and virtually gift them at a very nominal cost to either friends or those who otherwise could not afford a new Harley or even a newly conditioned one. I have been riding for 44 years and now am very close to 60 years old. I have recently befriended but not met an exceptional lady rider who also has been on HD’s for quite a few years herself and had sought my services after seeing a couple of my builds. I am by no means a self-proclaimed bike building genus but this “Tribute” bike will go to her and with her permission, I’m hoping she will indulge me in seeing through regarding my promise to give James Clark his true honor to my best ability. It will NOT have the appearance of the “theme” bikes we see so often but rather a subtly stated custom that one might see when James was in his early days at the same time I was also. I hope I measure up to your approval here, my intent to be respectful to a dear man, with great dedication to our sport and led others thru example. My thanks to you both for the encouragement. I will see to it, that you see this bike completed.

    Jim Franco

  16. 16 Susan Hall (Klokow) Oct 29th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Are you in the Seattle area??? That’s so cool that you are building this bike. It still blows me away that Jim is gone. Please let me know of your progress

  17. 17 Dave Messinger, Sr. Mar 29th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Hi Jim,
    Sorry to hear about loss. I had my ’36 knucklehead wrenched on my Ed Wiley and Harry Brown in Hayward, on Inyo St. in the ’60’s. Harry was your best friend. I met you when I shot your first M/C Gasket Catalogue in Modesto, CA.

    Welcome Home,


  18. 18 Steven R. Loomis May 11th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Oh my, Ralph I am so shocked it gives me goose bumps I am so sorry for you, the Clark family and all the employees of James Gaskets, I am truely sorry about the way I was forced to leave, I never wanted to loose my job, I was hoping I would be employed for james for the rest of my life! It is sad to hear about James I will miss him dearly I will forever hold the wonderful memories you all gave me for the time I was employed with you, would do it all again if I had the chance without hesitation. May God bless all of you and I wish I would have known sooner as I would have loved to pay my respects to the most wonderful employer I have ever had in my life.

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