LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz.—James M. Paris, 82, founder of Jim Paris Tire City, died Nov. 30 of cancer in Lake Havasu City. Mr. Paris began working in the tire business during the early 1930s, according to his son, Jim T. Paris, president of Jim Paris Tire City. He became one of the first Michelin franchisees in Colorado when he opened Jim Paris Tire City in Longmont, Colo.
Today, the dealership consists of nine retail outlets and two wholesale warehouses and is a part of Michelin's Alliance Groupe and American Car Care Centers.
Mr. Paris retired in 1971 but continued to open other dealerships in Montana, Utah and Arizona. He remained with Jim Paris Tire as a consultant and ``good will ambassador,'' his son said.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; sons, Jim, and Robert, vice president of Jim Paris Tire; daughters and sons-in-law, Jeanne Bole, bookkeeping, Don Bole, wholesale salesman, Lynne Hazelton, bookkeeping, Dave Hazleton, vice president; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
SALEM, Ore.—Woodrow ``Woody'' Froom, a well-known tire dealer in the Northwest, died Nov. 23 in a local hospital after a long illness. He was 83.
Mr. Froom started washing cars for Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in Salem, Ore., in 1933 before opening Woody Froom Tire Co., which grew into a multimillion-dollar retail/wholesale operation.
He was a past president of the Oregon Independent Tire Dealers Association and the Northwest Tire Dealers Association, according to NTDA Executive Director Richard Nordness.
He retired in 1976, selling his business to Firestone, which continues to operate portions of the business under the Woody Froom Tire banner, Mr. Nordness said.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma; one son; and one brother.