JAMES FRANCIS CLARKE 1968-2005 Lifelong South Bay resident, James Clarke passed away on September 18, 2005, in Torrance, California, at age 37. Jimmy was born February 6, 1968. He attended St. James Catholic School, Bishop Montgomery High School and graduated from California State University Chico with a degree in Business Management. He starred on the South Bay Gunners Soccer Club. Jimmy was preceded in death by his mother, Janice, and stepbrother, Michael Manzarek. He is survived by his father, Jack, and stepmother, Nancy, brothers Michael, John, Kevin and a sister, Cathleen and many dear friends. During Jimmy’s long battle with Huntington’s Disease, he was always courageous, positive and never complained during the difficult times. Over the years, many people gave him their compassion and support. We would like to thank the nursing staff at Torrance Care Station East, especially Edward Co, and Hospice for all their loving care, as well as the following businesses who always looked out for Jimmy: Best Donuts, Shakey’s Pizza, El Tarasco, El Gringo, New Tokyo, Grunions and Round Table Pizza. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on September 26, at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Services will be held at St. James Catholic church in Redondo Beach on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America or your favorite charity.

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  1. While I’ve sort of lost touch with the South Bay gang over the years, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Jimmy and all of his really close friends (family). Jimmy touched a lot of lives. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. ~Christine

  2. My deepest condolences to Uncle Jack, Aunt Nancy, Michael, John, Kevin, and Cathleen! I’ve had the priviledge of watching Jimmy grow up since he was born. He’s always been the most incredible person, even as a child! All of us can learn from him on how to embrace life and be your best self, even in the toughest or worst situations. Anyone that knew Jimmy, knows he’s in Heaven with his Mom (Aunt Janice) and he’s playing soccer with the Big Guy! I just hope the Big Guy’s been practicing because Jimmy’s ready to play! Jimmy we’ll miss you and look forward to the time we are together again. “This place” won’t be the same without you! Say hi to all of our relatives “Up There” for me. I love you Jimmy! Love, Paul

  3. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. I will always have special memories of Jimmy. Love, Kelly

  4. My thoughts and prayers go to the many family and friends of Jimmy. It has been several years since I have seen or spoken to many of you but my memories of Jimmy and the Clarke family are full of fun, joy and love. Jimmy was always a tenacious competitor and a gracious champion. Though many years have passed I remember Jimmy and his sly smile that always kept you guessing, what did he know that you wanted to know? I think now it is clear, Jimmy knew how to have fun regardless of his situation. All my best wishes to everyone in the Clarke family, we all know that Jimmy, Michael and Janice are smiling down on you. Sincerely, Greg Houlgate

  5. Dear Jack and Nancy, Just a little note to let you know how sorry I was to hear that James passed away. Be assured of prayers for James and your family. You have my heartfelt sympathy during this difficult time. God bless you all. Lovingly, Sr. Judy

  6. Dear Jack and Nancy, Just a little note to let you know how sorry I was to hear that James passed away. Be assured of prayers for James and your family. You have my heartfelt sympathy during this difficult time. God bless you all. Lovingly, Sr. Judy

  7. Sorry to hear of the passing of Jimmy and thanks John for the Internet link to his memoral. Our inner thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  8. The Clark Family; We did not get the word on the timing of Jimmy’s services but, I remember when when he was a star AYSO soccer player. My wife and myself had the ornate ability to watch Jim grow into a wonderful gentlemen and graduate from University. Jim was also a loving and caring individual that always had time to share a few quips about anything you wanted to talk to him about. I can remember him running up Prospect after he contracted the disease, and wondered how can he keep doing that, but it was Jim’s belief that the game is not over until it is over. Joe Hunt

  9. I knew JC was tough after years of watching him get hacked out on the soccer field and always popping right back up. I had no idea just how tough he’d prove to be. You’ve battled longer and harder than anyone I know, now enjoy some well earned peace my friend.

  10. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Clarke family. I didn’t know Jimmy personally, however being a friend of John Clarkes, I knew of him. I will include him in our family’s prayers. God bless his soul.

  11. Our thoughts are with you, John and family, at this difficult time. May you soon find peace with the ones that loves you. John, Marla, Kyle & Amber Scavoni

  12. Dear John and Family- I feel like I know Jimmy through you and the incredible support, care and love you have given. May your memories console you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Michelle

  13. Jack, Nancy, and family, I read with sadness your loss of your son Jimmy. Your family was very special to me through the soccer years in our younger days. Please know we are thinking of you and you are in our prayers. Kathleen

  14. My thoughts and Prayers go out to the Clarke family. My early years of soccer trips and the 2 on 2 games in the Clarkes front yard were all great memories, but after I received the call a few nights ago about Jimmy passing, I frequently hear his classic laugh throughout the day. Eric Frei and Family

  15. Jack, Nancy and family. Our sincere condolences for the loss of James. Our prayers are with you, Duane, Jean, Dylan, Morgan and Abby Mathis

  16. Our deepest condolences to the Clarke family. A deep sadness came upon me after hearing about Jimmy’s passing, but remembering Jimmy’s huge smile and toughness on the field brought back wonderful memories. God bless. Ralph Ramirez and family

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