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Land, James "Jim"

July 19, 1941 - May 25, 2014

James (Jim ) H. Land

Jim Land, loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, passed away on May 25, 2014.  Jim Land was born July 19, 1941 and spent his life devoted to his wife and family.  He was preceded in death by his parents J.W. and Leona Land.  He is survived by his wife, Jean, their four children: Allyson Land, Paula Cookson, Jimmy Land, Jennifer Land.  He is also survived by seven grandchildren:  Zachary, Jimbo,  Peyton, Abby, Eli, Luke, Oliver.

Jim’s life was full of  love and laughter.  He always looked for the good in people and encouraged everyone to do the right thing no matter the price.  This was most evident during his career as a bowling proprietor of Falls Bowl in Wichita Falls, Texas. There he formed relationships that have endured the test of time.  He served as president of the Texas Bowling Centers Association, Associated Clubs of Texas, Southwest Regional Vice – President of the Bowling Proprietors Association of America and on many committees to help support and promote the sport of bowling.  His passion for the people and the game he loved was undeniable and it showed through his actions. During his tenure as president of the Texas Bowling Centers, his greatest accomplishment was being one of the founders of the Grand Prix youth scholarship program which gives scholarships to youth bowlers based on their participation and dedication to the sport. His greatest source of pride came from his family. He always had a joke or story to tell and knew just how to make you smile. He will leave a legacy of memories for all who knew him.  He was an Eagle Scout, a member of the Lions and Kiwanis clubs and he received many awards from various charitable organizations because of his selfless service to others.

His memory will live on through the James Land Memorial Sportsmanship Scholarship awarded by the Texas Bowling Centers Association.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held on Saturday May 31st  3:00 p.m. at our Aria Funeral Home, 19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252.  In lieu of flowers please make donations to the TBCA Grand Prix Scholarship Program in his name.

Please send donations to: 
TBCA Grand Prix Scholarship
5700 Grover Ave
Austin, Texas 78756
Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home



10 replies on “Land, James "Jim"”

Carolyn Milford Gilbert says:

As elementary school classmates, Jim Land was always a favorite friend. It does not surprise me that he went on to do good things in his life and to serve in positions of leadership.
My thoughts are with his family .

Ronnie & Eva Rhodes says:

Jim always brought a smile to anyone around him. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. If we can be of any help, please let us know.

Debbie and Don Deaton says:

Jim Land was a wonderful next door neighbor. He was always friendly and upbeat. We will miss him and send his lovely wife, Jean, and family God’s blessings for comfort and peace.

Bill and Betty Hein says:

As neighbors, we always found Mr. Land to be such a pleasant and friendly person. We shall miss him and his smile. May the Lord comfort his wife Jean and family.

Brenda Rhodes says:

Jim & Jean Land are an inspiration to all of us. Their commitment to one another and to family has always been strong and beautiful. Their integrity in the bowling business was unmatched. We will miss you Jim.

Efton and Vickie March says:

Mr. Land was a great neighbor, always ready with a smile and a wave. We will miss seeing him work in the front yard. May the Lord comfort your family at this time.

Joyce Baggett says:

My sincere condolences to Allyson, Jean and all Jim’s loved ones. My late husband,Sam,and I first met Jim in the late 1950s. Have not seen him in years but always remember him as a sweet, kind and funny man.

Danny Williams says:

Jim and I became friends in the first grade at Austin Elementary School. We were friends from that day forward. Jim was a favorite of everyone in school and total joy to be around. It was a blessing having Jim as a friend. My sympathy to his family.

Darrell Jacobson says:

I wish to express me deepest sympathy to the family of Jim. I worked with Jim at the Falls Bowling Alley in Wichita Falls and was so sadden to hear of his passing. He was a great employer, a good friend and always treated his employees as if they were family. He will be missed I regret not keeping in touch with Jim better. All my prayers go to the family.

Carl Andrews says:

I wanted to offer my deepest sympathies to you and your family. I know it has been a while since we’ve talked, but I wanted you to know that I have great memories of your dad from junior bowling to Red River Doubles. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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