Jack ‘Moe’ Mills, Founder of Ross Pistons, Dies In Crash

Funeral services for Jack “Moe” Mills, 68, who along with Ken Roble founded Ross Racing Pistons in 1979, will be held Thursday, January 8, in El Segundo, California, where the company is located.

Mills died following a car accident on US 550 in New Mexico when another vehicle being pursued by a sheriff’s deputy swerved into the opposite lane, colliding head-on with Mills’ Corvette. Two women in the other vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene. Mills was airlifted to an Albuquerque hospital where he passed away four days later.

“He was devoted to the speed equipment community,” remembers his wife, Linn.

Mills is also survived by his mother, two sons and two grandchildren.

Mills, always a friendly and helpful presence at the track, at a trade show or on the tech phone line, followed his passion for speed on the ground and in the air. A longtime pilot, he was involved with the Twin Commander Flight Group. One of his sons followed in his dad’s footsteps and became a naval aviator. Mills also was involved in a Bonneville land-speed project and owned the MOB Top Fuel dragster team in the early ’90s.

“Moe was a very dear friend,” remembers Bruce Walker of BWE Piston Rings and a driver of the MOB dragster. “He had a very deep passion for racing and very much a hands-on guy. He was very mechanically intuitive and was always looking for ways to perfect the cylinder head and fuel delivery. There’s was nothing he didn’t work on: computer data, clutch setup, ring and pinion — he was totally mechanically capable.”

Services will be held at the Douglas Family Mortuary at 11 am. Interment will follow at Green Hills Memorial in Rancho Palos Verdes.  The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Moe’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project and the National Rifle Association. Another memorial service for Mills will be held in late February in Farmington, New Mexico, where he and Linn had retired.

About the author

Mike Magda

Mike Magda is a veteran automotive writer with credits in publications such as Racecar Engineering, Hot Rod, Engine Technology International, Motor Trend, Automobile, Automotive Testing Technology and Professional Motorsport World.
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