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James B. Getz Sr.

1919 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
James B. Getz Sr. Obituary
James B. Getz Sr., 94, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014. Graveside service: A private family committal was held on Saturday in Greenwood Memorial Park. Memorials: Gifts in his memory may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Penn St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102. Jim was born Aug. 8, 1919, in Fort Worth, son of Charles and Louise Getz. He was in the first Arlington Heights High School graduating class of 1938 and also attended TCU. Jim was a World War II veteran. After returning home, he married the love of his life, Mary Louise Stephens, in the old Presbyterian Church on Dec. 4, 1948. Jim was an active, beloved member of the First Presbyterian Church for over 70 years, during which time he was elected an elder and clerk of the session. He was quite active in various committees for the city of Fort Worth, serving as: chairman of the Committee of Management for the downtown YMCA, former director and vice chairman of the original downtown Fort Worth Association, past president of the Building Owners and Managers Association, vice chairman and director of the central area council for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Fort Worth. Jim retired after 42 years as vice president and building manager of Transport Life in 1992. Jim's greatest assets were his commitment to his wife, family and love for his church. He was known as a sincere gentleman and a man with a servant's heart. Jim was widely sought after for his sage wisdom, advice and counsel. Oh yes! Every Christmas when you see the beautiful Fort Worth skyline, remember, Jim Getz Sr. was the genius originator of the very first downtown Christmas lights! Survivors: Jim is survived by his lovely wife of 66 years, Mary Lou; his son, James B. Getz Jr.; his daughter, Diane L. Walker; his grandchildren, Kelly Zinke, Lauren and Eric Getz, Allison, Ryan and John Walker; his great-grandchildren, Jennifer and Jordan Freeman; his sister-in-law, Gladys Pointer; and his nephew, Charles Cobden.
Published in Star-Telegram on Mar. 9, 2014
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