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John Julis Passes Away

By SEMA Editors

John Julis

John “JJ” Julis, 70, passed away May 10, 2015, in Riverside, California, after battling cancer. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and moved to San Diego in 1965 when he enlisted in the Marines. Julis owned and operated J & J Marketing—a division of Julis Marketing Group—which he started in 1979. He was a manufacturer’s rep for both the racing and automotive aftermarket and a member of SEMA's Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN). In 1987, Julis won the SEMA Ambassador Award for membership recruiting.

Julis loved his hot rods and could often be seen cruising around town in his ’32 Roadster or hanging out at the dry lake races with his son Chris. He is survived by his wife Nancy of 27 years, and his son, daughter and two stepdaughters and their families. A celebration of his life is being planned.