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Jack Lee Corley August 29, 1931 - January 29, 2022

Jack Lee Corley was born august 29th 1931 in Boring, Oregon. After High School Jack enlisted in the US Marine Corps. He served active and reserve until 1958. Jack was involved in the NW hot rodding scene. In 1955 Jack bought his first racecar and raced Midgets, Super Modifieds and sprint cars up until 1971. Jack worked for George Lawrence and CE Niehoff across the Northwest managing the first territory to have sales in excess of a million dollars. Later in life the small garage business grew into a 5000 Sq Ft shop. Jack bought and sold Antique Auto Parts at swap meets across the Pacific Northwest and California.  News articles about “Corley’s Collection” and “You don’t know Jack” were published. He was a regular at the old timers breakfasts with all of the great drivers of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Many tales of racing across the world were swapped and Jack was at his best being with the fellow drivers. Jack is survived by his son, Jerry Corley and his brother, Bill. One granddaughter, Hope and a Great grandson Gabriel.  May he forever race in heaven.

The family suggest contributions to the American Legion.

A committal service with military honors will be held at 1:00p.m., Friday, March 11, 2022, at Willamette National Cemetery.

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    John & Koko Carlson says

    Jack was a long time, 40 plus year, friend of the Canadian Carlson family. Jack was one of the kindest people I have ever known. He will always be remembered for his warm and friendly smile. His death is a sad loss for the collector car and racing community. God Bless Jack

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    Ralph Hunt says

    Friends since the George Lawrence Days. For 15 years we rode together to the Old Time Racers Friday morning breakfasts at Bill Steak House. For 15 years we worked together helping put on the Old Time Racers Picnic at Blue Lake Park.. Jack was a special friend who always shared his unbelievable collection of photos, programs, racing memorabilia. and stories of racing in the good old day. Thanks for the great memories.

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