James Robert Clark

June 29, 1931October 2, 2013

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 US Army during the Korean War.

Jim was a Research Meteorologist for over forty-five 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 ten 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, California, 92660. Please visit to sign Jim’s guest book and leave messages for his family.



  • Visitation Wednesday, October 9, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, October 10, 2013


  • Burial

James Robert Clark

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mike gash

October 19, 2013

"Mr Clark" I think back to being a kid, watching my 2 brothers or playing myself. Mr Clark will always be the umpire behind the plate. Brings a smile to my face. Our prayers and thoughts to Mikey and the family. Rest in peace.

October 14, 2013

My sympathies go to all of Jim's family and friends. Both of us were Velo Club members and had connections with UCLA and Sacramento, so we spent a lot of time chatting on bike rides and at coffee afterwards. You knew immediately after meeting him he was a kind and thoughtful gentleman who cherished his family. It was a privilege knowing him. -Dennis Renault, Monterey

Denise Campagna

October 12, 2013

So sorry for your loss

Tony Hazdovac

October 12, 2013

I am so blessed to have had you as a Grandpa. These last few days, I have absolutely loved hearing all the stories about you in your younger years. I never knew how similar we were in so many ways! Now I know where I get so many of my favorite traits from! I love you Grandpa. Can't wait to see you again someday.

Hank Schnitzler

October 10, 2013

I have spent countless hours with Jim, on the telephone, at his home or on a baseball field discussing ideas and solving problems to improve the quality of Seaside Pony Baseball. He was a "peacemaker" in life, therefore, it is fitting that he passed away peacefully in death. Thanks for being a part of my life, Jim and may you Rest in Peace.

October 10, 2013

Condolences to all of you. I had worked with Jim at NEPRF, NOARL, and NRL. I smart, fine gentleman. I remember when he starts up his bike riding (again I believe) and he would do 30 min non the stationary, then more, and more, until he was doing the centuries. He was great to work with, and the team of him, Roland, Steve, Pim et al. were magnificent.
I'll always treasure the memories.
Andy Goroch

October 10, 2013

Carol and Family
You are in my prayers and I am sorry for your loss.Please accept my
condolences God Bless.
I am unable to attend the services due to surgery.
Harry Mucha


Mary Warburton

October 9, 2013

Jim and family, our condolences in the loss of your father. May he rest in peace.
Mary Warburton-Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and Max Boland.

October 9, 2013

Dear Mary and family so sorry for your loss! Your father was truly an amazing man! Nothing would stop him from riding his bicycle. When we were younger we had some pretty competitive bike rides!! When I'm out biking i will keep your dads memory with me out on the road. Our prayers are with you and your family!! Les & Noelle Waddel

Joe Turk

October 9, 2013

Jim had an office across the hallway from me when I first came to work at the Navy Lab in Monterey, where he welcomed me as a new colleague and as a fellow cyclist. Jim was part of the noon-time rides that a group of us would take up to Marina, Ft Ord, etc. I have many memories but above all I will remember his 50th wedding anniversary celebration with his friends and family. Jim, thank you for your kindness and friendship over the years.