Jim clarke was born in Tucson, Arizona and spent his early years between the Bar-V- Bar ranch in Arivaca and the family farm near the San Xavier Mission south of Tucson. After high school he joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown. After his service he attended the University of Arizona where he majored in Agricultural Economics. He spent the majority of his career as a John Deere Dealer in Idaho. As a lover of western historical novels over the years he began to think that the journey of Phil and Gipsy Clarke and the creation of the Bar-V-Bar ranch at Arivaca was a story that should be shared. "Arivaca - Out Yonder" is his first book and was written as a historical fiction so all lovers of western history could enjoy the story as well. Jim is married and continues to call Caldwell, Idaho home.