Carlos Zapien death, CJ’s Wiring Owner passed away after battling Cancer

Carlos Zapien has died. (Source: Facebook)
Carlos Zapien has died. (Source: Facebook)


This is a somber day for the EF and Motorsports community as we mourn the loss of a cherished member. Sacramento, California resident Carlos Zapien, the founder of CJ’s Wiring, has tragically passed away on October 31, 2023.

His contributions to the world of motorsports and his dedication to his craft have left an indelible mark on the industry, and his absence will be deeply felt by all who knew him.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends, and all those whose lives were touched by his passion and expertise.

Keep reading to know more about Carlos Zapien and his cause of death in detail.

Carlos Zapien passed away

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Carlos Zapien, the esteemed founder of CJ’s Wiring, who tragically left us on October 31, 2023. His immense contributions to the field and his remarkable expertise have left an enduring legacy within the industry.

The news of his departure was shared by his grieving wife on Facebook, spreading waves of shock and sorrow throughout the community.

His wife, Haley M. Zapien shared the following message on Facebook:

With lots of tears and ending of the hardest week, my husband Carlos Zapien passed away this morning. He fought so hard and so long (more than four years) with Clear Cell Sarcoma cancer that he is no longer in pain. We focused on having good days, creating new normals, and being thankful for every good thing we could. We lived so much life in the last four years and cancer days were just speed bumps. Family vacations, movie nights, kids’ practices and games, family days and enjoying the little things (even hospital visits we made into date days when we could) made us happy. Thank you for everyone for all the prayers, messages, visits and love for Carlos and our family.

Carlos Zapien cause of death

After a prolonged and courageous fight against Clear Cell Sarcoma cancer, Zapien’s battle has finally ended, bringing relief from the immense pain he endured. Throughout this challenging journey, Haley, his wife, shared that they remained steadfast in their determination to find positivity in each day, create new routines, and appreciate every moment of joy.

In the past four years, they embraced life to the fullest, overcoming cancer-related hurdles with resilience. Family vacations, intimate movie nights, attending their children’s practices and games, and treasuring precious moments together became their sources of happiness. Even hospital visits were transformed into memorable date days whenever they could manage.

Haley expressed deep gratitude for the outpouring of support from those who offered prayers, sent messages, visited, and showered them with love during Carlos’s battle and their family’s journey. This support, along with their determination and the ability to find happiness in the midst of adversity, helped them face the challenges with strength and grace. Carlos’s memory will be cherished, and his legacy of resilience and love will continue to inspire others.

Who was Carlos Zapien?

Carlos Zapien’s passion for cars ignited the early stages of his automotive journey, which began with the establishment of his own shop, “CJ’s Wiring.” Six years ago, he embarked on a mission to wire his own engine harness for his 90 CRX DX, which had undergone a conversion to MPFI.

Faced with the challenge of finding a clean harness for his specific car, Carlos took matters into his own hands and set out to create a solution. As word of his skill and dedication spread, he found himself approached by others in need of custom wiring solutions for their vehicles.

Each harness he meticulously crafted was a labor of love, meticulously handcrafted to ensure precision and reliability. Before and after each pin was crimped, Carlos checked every lead for continuity, guaranteeing top-notch quality.

Throughout his wiring work, you would discover only one solder joint, which was reserved for grounding shielded wires where applicable. While Carlos strived to source all brand-new connectors, he encountered challenges as some had been discontinued and were increasingly hard to find.

Nevertheless, he remained committed to using at least 90% brand-new plugs in his harnesses. To stand behind his work and instill confidence in his customers, all of Carlos’s harnesses were backed by a 14-day warranty. His dedication to quality and innovation in the realm of custom wiring solutions left an indelible mark on those who sought his expertise, and his legacy continues to serve as a testament to his commitment to the automotive community.


An outpouring of condolences and support has flooded onto Carlos’s family on Facebook as news of his passing spread. The community has been deeply moved and profoundly affected by the loss, coming together to mourn and pay their respects.

Chris Brickener wrote: “Unfortunate to hear the news but we all know you’re at rest from the on going battle. Carlos Zapien aka CJ’s Wiring was such a strong person, while not 100% he was still knocking out clients custom built wiring harnesses, control panels etc. Just doing what he loves. I remember over a decade ago Stephanie & I was one of your first customers let a lone friends. The Honda community will never forget you my guy!!!”

Eugene Seerex wrote: “Man, this is a rough day for the EF and Motorsports community. First off, I offer my condolences to his wife and children and family. I couldn’t imagine what they are going through. Carlos Zapien I’d like to personally thank you for your contributions to the CRX and Motorsports community. Thank you for sponsoring multiple Seerx Dood Free Giveaway contests. Race in paradise siR. 🙏🏾 #FookCancer”

Carlos’s memory will undoubtedly live on in the hearts of many, and the community’s unity in this time of grief serves as a powerful reminder of the strength of human connection and compassion.


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