J&P Cycles Founder John Parham Passes

Story by Marcus Martellacci//
May 9 2017

Founder of J&P Cycles, John Parham passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017 having succumbed to his battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

John began his business in 1979, and grew it into a world leader in motorcycle accessories sales.

His passion for the hobby and for collecting motorcycles can clearly be seen at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa where more than 300 of his examples can be enjoyed by the public. After retiring from J&P, he focused much of his efforts on growing the museum and its incredible collection.

As a member of both the American Motorcycle Association Hall of Fame and Sturgis Museum’s Hall of Fame, John’s legacy and contributions have been recognized and immortalized, and will continue to be appreciated for generations.

He’s survived by his wife Jill, son Zach, daughter-in-law Bree and his two grandchildren Kaiden and Kinlee.

John’s long fight with his disease resulted in a lung transplant back in 2010, which saved his life and gave him the opportunity to spend time with family, and to watch his grandchildren grow over the last few years. He was a big believer in the work being done by the Donate Life Organization and encouraged people to consider becoming organ donors, so that others could benefit as he had.


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