James Peterson (10)

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James T. “Jim" Peterson was born on February 5, 1934 in Fort Worth, TX. Died January 17th, 2017
Jim attended Paschal High School, where he pitched on the State Champion baseball team and played flute and piccolo in the Paschal Band. When he graduated from Paschal, he began his career as a pitcher in the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball organization, and moved up in the minor leagues.

From a young age, Jim showed an interest in pipe organs and model airplanes. After leaving baseball to raise a family, Jim began a career building pipe organs. His interest in organs was sparked as a child when he attended the movie theater with his parents and saw the Mighty Wurlitzer rise from the organ pit. The sight and sound of the mighty instrument inspired an interest that would shape his life. In the baseball off season, Jim was able to follow this interest, working with master organ builders to learn the craft. Jim built and installed organs in many well known churches and theaters throughout the country, including Casa Mañana Theater in Fort Worth, The Coleman Theater Beautiful in Miami Oklahoma, and, his ultimate labor of love, the organ in Genesis United Methodist Church in Fort Worth TX that was built under Jim’s careful guidance by members of the congregation.
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