DENVER (Oct. 30, 2006) — Tire dealer James T. Paris, 67, owner of Jim Paris Tire City, died Oct. 26 at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver after a long illness.
Mr. Paris ran the company founded by his father, James M. Paris, in the 1960s. Under his leadership, the dealership grew to include five retail stores and two warehouses in the Denver area and is affiliated with American Car Care Centers Inc.
Mr. Paris was born in Miles City, Mont., and in 1971 moved to Colorado where he began to work with his father's tire business. A few years later, he bought his father's interest in the dealership, taking control in 1979.
Over the next three decades, Mr. Paris worked to build one of the largest tire and wheel distribution networks in Colorado and surrounding states. In recent years he started handing over control of the company to family members, but he still remained the guiding force, according to a family statement.
During his early years in the industry, he was on the board of directors of the Colorado Tire Dealers Association. Mr. Paris earned the nickname “The Denver Dog” for the way he portrayed his zest for life, the family said.
Among his survivors are his wife, Becky; sons Steve and James J.; and daughter Susan Stanley.