Jim Church was born in 1932 in Detroit, Mich. The family migrated to California during World War II due to the failing health of his father. After his father’s death, Jim became the man of the house at age 13. At that time, he started working for Bell Products cleaning the shop and continued there throughout his school years, learning the welding trade. Graduating from Napa High school with the class of 1950, he will be remembered by many for his musical talent.
After school Jim joined the Navy for a five-year hitch as a welder.