James Perry, a businessman and sportsman, died May 15, 2015, at his home in Reno, NV, after a long illness. He was 80.
He was born James Maurice Carr in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Nov. 6, 1934. His parents were Justin Maurice Carr and the former Sally Louise Bell. He was the grandson of James Ford Bell, the founder of General Mills.
His mother later married Herbert Oliver Perry, and James changed his name after he was adopted by his stepfather in 1952.
He married Joanne Cuddihy in 1956 and their son, James Herbert Perry, was born in 1958. Their marriage later ended in divorce. James Perry graduated from The Webb School in Southern California and from Menlo College in Menlo Park, CA, in 1957. He married Susan Reed in 1972.
Perry worked in the oil business in Denver and moved to Aspen, CO, in the early 1960s. There, he acquired an interest in the Red Onion restaurant and became a partner with the Red Onion’s longtime owner, Werner Kuster, until the Red Onion was sold in 1982.
In 1976, Perry purchased the Fixed Base of Operations at the Aspen Airport. He launched Bonanza Airlines in Aspen in 1979, with direct service to and from Las Vegas and Grand Junction, CO. The airline went out of business in 1981.
In later years, Perry remained active in various business interests and traveled the world, often bird-shooting in Spain, Scotland, England and Austria. He was a longtime and enthusiastic fan of the Denver Broncos.
He is survived by his son, James H. Perry and his daughter-in-law, Margery Deutz Perry, his granddaughter, Adrianna Deutz Plevniak, his grandson, James H. Perry Jr., his great-grandson, Jackson James Plevniak, his stepson, Stephen R. Perry, his daughter-in-law, Nancy M. Perry, and two other grandsons, Christen J. and William H. Perry.
There were no services. Instead, James Perry asked that his friends and family raise a glass in a toast to his life in remembrance of all the great times he had with them.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made to the Sally Bell Perry Fund of the Delta Waterfowl Foundation (www.delta waterfowl.org).
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