The co-creator of the iconic skate shoe Vans has passed. James Van Doren had been afflicted with cancer and passed away on October 12 at the age of 72.
Van Doren’s background in chemistry and mechanics help contribute to the creation of the non-stick, slip-resistant soles for skateboards all around the world. James and his older brother, Paul, were working for a sports shoe company in the 1960s when Paul suggested they and two friends form their own business. They would name it Vans and create an instantly recognizable logo with a capital V whose elongated tail covered the rest of the word. They decided to keep their prices low by cutting out the middle man, choosing to manufacture the shoes themselves and sell them at their own retail store in Anaheim.
Besides his wife Char and brother, Van Doren is survived by sons James Jr., Mark and Eric; another brother, Robert; and a sister, Bernice Chute. Van Doren’s body was cremated and his ashes may be scattered in Hawaii. A memorial Mass is planned Friday at Fullerton’s St. Juliana Falconieri Catholic Church.
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Source: ABC News