Jim Clare grew up in Bakersfield, California. He attended Bakersfield High School and Bakersfield Junior College before earning his Bachelor of Science from U.C. Davis. In 1974, Jim began working at Rain for Rent in Woodland, California. Jim worked there for 11 years before starting his own company, Golden State Irrigation Services, in Stockton in 1985. In 2003, Jim moved on from Golden State to establish Pacific SouthWest Irrigation with his longtime friend and associate, Gary Simas.
Jim is a pioneer of irrigation technology. In 1978, he installed the first commercially successful row crop drip irrigation system in the Central Valley. By 1988, drip irrigation became a state-of-the-art system for vineyards. After working with Nelson Irrigation Corp. and CertainTeed Corp., Jim led the development of the Yelomine and Certa Lok system for agriculture and invented the 3” (Certa Set) system of pipe for which he holds four patents.
Jim is a former director of The Irrigation Association, the Irrigation Training and Research Center (ITRC) at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the San Joaquin County Ag Hall of Fame, the Stockton Ag Expo, and the California Agricultural Irrigation Association (CAIA). As the director of the CAIA, he pushed for certification of irrigation designers and contractor licenses for irrigation dealers. He was one of the first dealer-owners to be certified in both drip and sprinkler design, and to be qualified for licensure as a General Engineering Contractor. He is also a graduate of the California Ag Leadership Foundation. Jim lives in Escalon, CA with his wife, Ellen, and has four children.