### RIP Gene DEMPSEY ###

Lucho

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A friend just sent me this regarding Gene Dempsey. Jim O'Neal was close to Gene and spent a lot of time in the deset and in Baja. Come to think of it, I've known Gene for over 30 years as well. I have great memories riding with him and his brother Sam and Jim in Baja, in Prescott, in the desert, and at times chasing for the Dempsey Brothers WHILE RACING their Triumphs. We are all devistated:

"Famous Baja Motorcycle racer, Gene Dempsey passed away on Thursday, September 17th. Gene had suffered a tough long battle with liver cancer. In true racers form, Gene never gave up on beating the cancer that struck him. Unfortunately, even the strongest of men can seldom beat such disease and it eventually took Genes life.

Gene competed in over 40 Baja 1000 race events. His grit, determination and strength was in deed a symbol of Baja racing itself. Gene was a constant competitor that simply couldn't be stopped. No matter how rough the terrain, how bad the conditions and or how fast the compassion, Gene would forge ahead in every event focused on the finish line.

Gene was more than just a racing buddy, Gene was my best friend. I had the privilege of 30 years of traveling and racing with Gene and his brother Sam. my family and I spent Holidays, Christmases and vacations with Gene and his family. It is seldom that you meet a true friend you can count on at all times. A friend who will do anything for you. Gene was all that and more to me. He was always there, always helping and always looking out for me no matter what.

For those who never met Gene, his sheer presence was bigger than life. Gene was built like a thick wall. His grip was strong like a vice. His hands felt tough like a pair of old leather motocross gloves and his strength was far beyond that of anyone I knew. Under all that exterior was the sweetest man on the planet. Gene never had ill will towards anyone. Gene often treated my friends like his friends and never asked for anything in return.

Over 120 races, we had so many close calls and had knocked on deaths door so many times that I always thought one of us would be taken by the grueling baja course. At the end, it was the silent killer of Cancer that took Gene away.

Everyone who came in contact with Gene enjoyed him tremendously The motorcycle community has lost one of the greatest men to ever race on two wheels. Family man, Business man and racer Gene will be missed and shall not be forgotten.

Gene is survived by his lovely wife Bonnie, children Chuck, Jason, Kelly, Genie and April, his brothers Tom, Sam and Wally, as well as 6 grandchildren.

Bonnie, I thank you for letting Gene spend so many years with the boys racing in Mexico. I know wherever Gene is, he is holding it wide open with a smile.


E-mailed by Jim O'Neal
Jim O'Neal"
 

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Godspeed - my dreams of racing baja were fueled by reading stories about guys like Gene. He probably had little idea how much he and others influenced people hundreds or thousands of miles away.

Thank you. My family's thoughts go out to fGene's family and friends.

The Stobaugh's
 

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RIP, knew him and use to hang with his kids...Enjoy that wide open desert you have to yourself. Prayers to his family from ours.
 

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sorry to hear, gene was a funny man i met him and sam back in the motorcycle days .they sure new how to have fun r.i.p gene
 

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Wow, another legend gone. Condolences to all who knew Gene. Our thoughts and prayers to the Dempsey family.
Gene has been on EVERY trail in baja. Long live/ride Gene!!!! Look over all of us when were in Baja.
 

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I'm really sorry to learn of this. Our sincere sympathy to Chuck and his family.

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[BI met Mr. Dempsey 5 years ago at the same time that I met his son Chuck, I knew who Gene was so after tons of questions and advise we ended up becoming budies and everything started since then, I'll miss him. [/B]
 

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Very sad news. Every memory with Gene is full of laughs and fun riding. I am honored to say that I knew him. The best whoops are in heaven!! See you there someday Gene.
My heart goes out to his family and closest friends.
 

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Gene was a mountain of a man. He will surely be missed by everyone who knew him. God Speed Gene. Chuck and family, your desert racing family is here for whatever you might need.

From the closing scene of the now famous movie... "In the quite, only you and me all my thoughts have turned from Dust to Glory" Keep on riding. Rest in Peace, Gene.
 
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