Seaside – James R. Clark, a native of Los Angeles and a 51-year resident of the Monterey Peninsula, passed away peacefully at Community Hospital on October 2. Jim graduated from Sacramento State and UCLA. He also earned a Master's Degree in Meteorology from UCLA. While attending a Newman Club meeting, he met his future wife, Carol DiStasi. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Jim was a Research Meteorologist for over 45 years. He served on the City of Seaside Planning Commission and the Board of Architectural Review. Jim was very involved in youth sports including a 10-year presidency of the Seaside Pony League. He umpired up to the semi-pro level and was instrumental in the lives of many local youth. He volunteered in the athletic department of Robert Louis Stevenson School. Jim enjoyed golf and following his retirement, he became an avid bicycle rider and member of the Monterey Velo Club. He regularly participated in 100-mile bike rides until the age of 75.
Jim is survived by Carol, his wife of 55 years; his children, Mary Hazdovac of Pacific Grove, Joe (Jackie) of San Diego, Jim of Seaside, Elizabeth (Thomas) Vinolus of Aptos, Michael of Seaside, Claire of Marina and Eileen of San Diego; his sister, Joanne Thomason of Nubieber, CA; his grandchildren, John, Tony, Riley, Katie, Cassidy, Arianne, Jackson, McKenna and John Thomas and his great-grandson, Zachariah.
Visitation will take place at The Paul Mortuary this Wednesday, October 9 from 5:00-8:00 PM with recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at San Carlos Cathedral on Thursday, October 10 at 9:30 AM followed by entombment at San Carlos Cemetery and a reception at San Carlos Parish Hall. Memorial contributions may be made to Seaside Pony Baseball, c/o Joe Clark, 4685 MacArthur Court, Ste. 400, Newport Beach, CA 92660.
Please visit www.thepaulmortuary.com to sign Jim's guest book and leave messages for his
Published in The Monterey Herald on Oct. 5, 2013