Somebody you would have liked died Tuesday.
James “Dago” Marchellino was a 36 year 11 month veteran of the Sons of Silence Motorcycle Club, a lover of life, a shrewd observer, an ex-convict, a singer of songs and sometimes an inspiration to those who knew him.
This centerpiece and rocker’s from the family that I’m in.
I wear ‘em on my leathers and they’re tattooed on my skin.
And this diamond on my heart means I’m not a part
Of your ‘great society.’
So you understand why Uncle Sam
Ain’t got no use for Scooter Trash like me.
Marchellino was, for example, the inspiration for the well known newsletter Brothers Behind Bars which is distributed free to incarcerated members of all motorcycle clubs in prisons that allow their prisoners to read it. In the August 2014 issue of Brothers Behind Bars, editor Mike Davis explains:
“First Brother to receive the initial newsletter (not really a newsletter back then), was Sons Of Silence Dago. Dago transferred from Iowa to my Chapter in Minnesota. Shortly after moving to Minnesota and even before he changed his Iowa Rocker to Minnesota he found himself in a little hot water – parole violation.” “Basically I printed some jokes off, dropped them in the mail to my new chapter Brother Dago. I figure if I could put a smile on his face for even a few seconds that was well worth a 33-cent stamp.”
While serving the remainder of his punishment for a possession charge at the Minnesota Correctional Facility – St. Cloud, Marchellino took up the guitar and started recording the songs he wrote. He called his work “honest music about life.” Eventually he formed a band called “Dago and Criminal History.” His words ring true to men of a certain age and a certain background.
And these sleds we ride are as different
As the colors that we fly.
But underneath it’s all the same –
We’ve got to ride or die.
This club life ain’t for everyone
And I wouldn’t want to do it if it was;
‘Cause it takes a certain kind of man
To live the way a One Percenter does.
Yeah, it takes a better kind of man
To live the life a One Percenter does.
Dago Marchellino fell ill suddenly February 23. He died at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines later that day. In addition to his club brothers, he is survived by his wife, Dale; his two daughters, Jami Fite and Megan Marchellino; and his mother, Dorothy Hansen.
There will be a viewing this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. followed by a funeral service at the Hausbarn Conference Center in Manning, Iowa. The service will be followed by a reception.
James “Dago” Marchellino was just 58-years-old. His body has died. His thoughts, his words, the sound of his voice and his soul remain.
Donec Mors Non Separat
Requiscat In Pace