James LaRue Mack was born July 31, 1955 to Alberta Walls and Joe D. Mack Sr. in Los Angeles, CA. James came from a large family and was the glue that kept the family together. His family knew that if they needed anything: a ride, food, money, help moving, something fixed, advice, and anything else you could think of; all they had to do was call and James would be there ready to lend a hand.
James loved his family first and foremost. He was the proud father of André, Lynnetta, Loneathea, Adrian, Jade, and Joel and grandfather of Aniyah, Donovan, Preshus, Dylan, Christian, Reid, and Ethan.
James will be missed dearly by his wife of 32 years, Patrah. James and Patrah met in 1988 while working as EMTs at Guardian Ambulance company in Pasadena. They married in 1989 and spent the last 30 years in their home in Diamond Bar where they raised their two children. James held the mothers of his children in high regard and had good relationships with both Linda and Loneathea throughout the years.
James made friends everywhere he went. James was comfortable in all situations and had the ability to move between social circles with ease. James had a passion for exercise and generously shared his wealth of fitness knowledge with anyone who wanted to learn. It was not uncommon to have family members, friends, students, or clients over to the house working out in the gym he expertly fitted with everything needed for people of all levels of fitness. James proudly held the title of A.B.C.C. Natural Mr. California 1998 and received the award for Open Men’s Best Poser.
James lived most of his life in the Los Angeles area. James loved to work and did a variety of jobs throughout his life. He served in the Army between 1973 and 1975. James was an EMT and more recently he had been the owner of Balloons N Things, was a sports and fitness trainer, drove rideshare, and worked at Amazon and UPS. James equated working with living and often said he would have time to rest when he died.
We wish him a well-deserved rest.
James passed away on October 8, 2021 and was preceded in death by his parents Alberta and Joe Sr., his sister Dorothy Jean, and his brother’s Freddie, Willis, Joe Jr., and Ike.
He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, sisters: Mary Ann, Geraldine, Belle, Sandra, Helen, Jarmyn, and Cynthia, and brothers: Christopher, Ricky, Roderick, Ellis, Dave, Vernon, and Kerry.