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James Land Sportsmanship Award
James Land ( 1941-2014 ), loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, passed away on May 25, 2014. Jim 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 Vice President of the Texas Bowling Centers Association from 1982-83 and President of the TBCA from 1984-85. He served on many TBCA committees including the grand prix scholarship program which he was passionate about. During his tenure as president of TBCA, his greatest accomplishment was being one of the founders of the Grand Prix Scholarship program which offers scholarships to youth bowlers based on their participation and dedication to the sport.
He served as the Southwest Regional Vice President of the Bowling Proprietors Association serving four state associations and helping them support bowling. He served on many other state and national 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. 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 Sportsmanship Scholarship awarded by the Foundation of Texas Bowling Centers Association. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Foundation of TBCA Grand Prix in his name - 5700 Grover Ave. Austin, TX 78756.
A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held at Aria Funeral Home, 19310 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75252, Saturday, May 31st at 3pm.
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