Chaparral and Robalo Boats have informed the industry of the recent passing of its President, Jim Lane, at the age of 73. Lane, who was battling leukemia, passed away at Emory Hospital in Atlanta with his family at his side.
He is survived by his wife, Demaris; his son, Mark Lane, wife Donna; daughter Beth Sessoms, husband Kelly; and five grandchildren; step daughter Lindsay Peacock, husband Greg, and two step grandchildren; sister Joan Brandt and many other family members and friends.
"Jim was a great supporter of NMMA and I always enjoyed my time with him,' says National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) President, Thom Dammrich. "He was on the search committee that hired me sixteen and a half years ago. His passing is a significant loss. Our sympathies go to his wife, Damaris, and the Chaparral family. May God bless Jim, Damaris, his family and the entire Chaparral family.'
As President of Chaparral and Robalo Boats, Lane came on board with the company founder, Buck Pegg, in 1976 and formed one of boating's most successful and long lasting partnerships. Active in a wide range of industry associations, Lane was Finance Chairman and also served on the Board of Directors of the NMMA. Additionally, he was both a founding member and served as Chairman of the American Boat Builders Association.
A memorial for Jim has been planned for 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 at Crossroads Baptist Church located at 3001 Country Club Drive in Valdosta, Georgia.
In lieu of flowers the family has respectfully requested donations in Jim's honor to the Crossroads Baptist Church in Valdosta, Georgia or the Leukemia Society (www.lls.org).