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On Saturday, August 13, 2022, long-standing East Tennessee Clean Fuels (ETCF) friend and Board of Directors member Jim Coker passed away after a brief battle with Leukemia.

According to Coker’s family, “Jim put up a huge fight, determined to beat it right down the very end. Never once did his faith in Jehovah waiver.”

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help recoup Coker’s medical and final expenses. Please visit the GoFundMe link if interested in donating.

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“One scripture Jim kept quoting in his final days was Matt 24:13, ‘He that has endured to the end will be saved.’ Jim Coker kept his faith to the end,” from Coker’s GoFundMe page.

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“Jim wasn’t just a member of our Coalition, he was a member of our Coalition family. He wanted to help us grow propane and alt-fuel use in Tennessee and beyond, and was always on-board with coming up with effective ideas for new outreach. He brought propane vehicles to events, helped in direct outreach to fleets (assisting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park get started with propane vehicles stands out to me) and joined the larger Clean Cities families at events,” Jonathan Overly, Executive Director of ETCF, said. “Of us older Clean Cities folks, who can forget him hauling ~25 people around Cades Cove in 2009 to help with our tour? This is all in addition to him being one of the primary reasons we even have propane mowers available today. Jim was like a wonderful, work-connected uncle to me. We will miss him and his passion for our collective work. For those that can, please make a donation to the GoFundMe for Debby and the rest of the Coker family.”

Coker was a propane autogas pioneer not just in the state of Tennessee but across the entire U.S. With well over 30 years of experience in the field, Coker began his work in the propane industry in the early 1980s when he ran a nationwide contracting company that used state of the art propane Burnishers to polish and clean many major chains. Most recently, Coker served as Director of Propane Applications for Propane Power Systems, LLC.

Coker studied at the University of Tennessee Knoxville Haslam College of Business.

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In 2004, Coker introduced the first commercial propane lawn mower while serving as President and Partner at Onyx Environmental Solutions. This was a significant achievement and changed the industry for alternative fuel mowers.

In 2014, Coker worked with R&R Products and started the Division Propane Power Systems, LLC which introduced the first golf and turf equipment run on a propane power engine.

Throughout Coker’s career, he worked with many Clean Cities Coalitions throughout the country and served on the Propane Education & Research Council Board.

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“We will all miss Jim’s dry but goofy sense of humor, his positivity and unwavering support of our Coalition, his guidance and ability to honestly assess a situation and everything he did to support cleaner, healthier, future-friendly transportation in Tennessee and across the country,” ETCF Chief of Staff Danniel Siksay said.

Most importantly, Coker was a friend and colleague to the many who have worked with and for ETCF over the years.

He will be missed by the East Tennessee Clean Fuels team and everyone he met throughout his life.