Didier Chamla

August 30, 1958 - December 23, 2015

Craigo - Baja, 1990

Born and raised in Paris, France, Didier traveled extensively with his family to many countries, but primarily received his formal education in France. After the University, Didier worked for a time on an oil rig off the Cote Ivoire, Africa for the French Government as an engineer. He came to the United States seeking a new life and to see his sister. Intrigued and taken with California, he never again resided in France. He became a US citizen and had several jobs, the most prominent being a mechanic for French cars, a carpenter and the owner of Quality Motorcycles in Mill Valley.

Didier had great regard for his life in California and the freedom it afforded all people. He was a lover and protector of animals, children, and all of nature's life forms. He was a skilled, adventurous, and enthusiastic motorcyclist taking numerous trips and adventures with his companions and life-long friends. He was cherished by many as well as his family in France.

Didier was known to be a person of impeccable character and integrity. He was a man with a heart and a child-like zest and appreciation for life. He was happiest wandering the earth, gazing at the sky, the moon, the stars and the marvels of our planet.

He is survived by his beloved sister Martine Chamla Di Matteo of Paris, his niece Bianca Rosier, his nephews Luca di Matteo, Victor Sharpe, Benjamin Sharpe, and many French cousins.

He passed away at his home in Mill Valley after a brief illness, surrounded by his friends who will miss him forever. He was 57 years old.


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