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Hundreds Mourn Loss of Jim Pomeroy at Funeral

YAKIMA, Wa -  Hundreds pay their respects to legendary motorcross racer Jim Pomeroy.  The Sunnyside native's funeral service was this morning at Terrace Heights Memorial Park.

Pomeroy died in a car accident this past Sunday just outside Yakima.

He was the first American to win the World Motocross Championship.  In 1999, he was elected into the American Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

One friend says jim's spirit is what made him special.

"Jim should be remembered for his positive attitude," says Bob Hurst, "He was always up beat, the life of the party.  When he walks into the room, sets the whole pace you know."

Jim Pomeroy was 53-years-old.  He's survived by his wife and two daughters.  His friends and fellow racers affectionately called 'Jumpin' Jimmy'.  One close friend told KNDO off camera he was larger than life.