Jim Baum

September 25, 1936December 16, 2018
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Jim Baum, 82, The Voice of Mitchell County and the Mayor of Colorado City went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday December 16, 2018. Jim was born on September 25, 1936 in Des Moine Iowa to James Leroy and Edith Maureen Van Buskirk Baum. Jim was a hard-working man who took pride in his love for family and his love for his community. Jim graduated from high-school in 1954 in Abilene. He had spent a couple of years in the National Guard after he had graduated serving his country and doing his part. Baseball was a big part of Jim’s life in his early 20’s he played in the Pittsburg Pirate’s farm league for 2 years in 1956 and 1957 for 3 teams. After his time playing ball Jim came back to Texas and worked for KCRS Radio Station where he found his life-long love for radio. He managed KBYG in Big Spring for 17 years before he bought KVMC radio in Colorado City in 1980 becoming the man known as the voice of Mitchell County. He was loved so much by his community that the city elected him Mayor and he had become the longest term mayor of Colorado City Jim was also a family man; he married his first wife Miss Margaret Stewart on May 14, 1960. Together they had 4 children, and spent 30 years married until her passing in 1990. After that Jim met his second wife Miss Linda Sample whom he married on February 14, 1992, the two of them spent many years together enriching each other’s lives, caring for one another, taking care of the radio station and taking in rescue dogs. Jim also had a passion for collecting baseball cards, he would spend hours sorting them out and filing each one as he saw fit. He also enjoyed the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Cowboys, and a good running Ford Mustang, not to mention his local sports teams who he kept thorough track of. Jim enriched many lives through the years through the many interviews he did on the radio and his segment Community Close-up, a segment that when you were asked to be on you knew you were special to him. His warm smile, humble spirit and great radio voice will be missed by not only those that loved him but by a whole community. Jim is survived by his wife Linda Baum of Colorado City, his 3 sons Jim S. Baum of Andrews, Bill Baum and wife Sharon of Lindale, and Doug Baum and wife Trish of Valley Mills, and by his daughter Laura White and husband Craig of Albuquerque N.M. He is also survived by his grandchildren Richard, Nicole, Bailey, Graham, Grace, Kate, Vanessa, Delany, and Pecos, as well as by his beloved rescue dogs and fur babies A funeral service for Jim will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 22nd at 11 am with Rev. Donald Ward officiating and Tim Lelek, John Martinez, Tim Womack, Tom Carlock, Graham White, and Pecos Baum acting as official Pall-Bearers. The family will be present for a visitation from 5-7 pm at Kiker Seale Funeral Home on Friday, December 21st. In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial contribution to Pets needing Parents Rescue in Colorado City, the Heart of West Texas Museum, or to the American Cancer Society. Those wishing may share a memory by visiting


  • Visitation Friday, December 21, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 22, 2018

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JD and Pam Guess

December 22, 2018

Jim will be greatly missed. Loved listening to his interviews with people in the community, he was preserving history, one interview at a time. We appreciate his time serving as our mayor of Colorado City. He truly loved Colorado City and Mitchell County. Prayers for you all.

Randy & Connie Chambers

December 21, 2018

Jim, the man and voice, will be missed by this whole community! Heaven gained a great man. Our sincerest sympathy to Linda and family. You will be in our prayers, may God bless you with His peace and comfort.

Nadene Smith

December 21, 2018

I remember going to your home in Colorado City and meeting your parents (back in the HSU Basketball days!) - they were so kind and you are your daddy through and through! What a loss for your family and Colorado City - but a huge gain for heaven! Prayers for you and your family during this season.
Nadene Smith (Handley)

Ed Newton

December 21, 2018

Back in the days of Drew Ballard, Porter Richardson, "Joy To the World" Culbertson and The Galvans, I was news & sports director for KVMC. Jim ran for Congress and often stopped by the station for interviews and visits, where we developed a friendship. I left shortly before Jim bought KVMC, but I did manage to follow his involvement in the community and in broadcasting. From the short time I knew him, Jim seemed to deserve all the honor and praise that has been posted here. The community and all Mitchell County have lost a leader and a riend.

Leslie Jones

December 19, 2018

Where to begin...I, like most everyone in Colorado City, have listened to "The Voice" every morning for years. I looked forward to hearing Community Close-up and the local news as only Jim could deliver. I will truly miss "Good morning Mitchell County and all the ships at sea " and ..."anyway and anyhow". There will never be another like Jim!

Gary Smith

December 19, 2018

I worked with Jim for many years as a grant consultant and interim city manager and there are few people that I liked or respected more. I still use a hand-written letter of recommendation that he did for me probably 20-25 years ago. It always gave me an opportunity to touch base with Jim to see if it was still okay to use. Always thoughtful, intelligent but funny conversations and as I often travel from Abilene to the Permian Basin, I know when I can pick up that station and when it will begin to fade - gotta hear that voice that I will now miss.

Travis Lynch

December 19, 2018

I've known Jim since I was a child. He is and always will be to me what personifies that of a real man. Compassionate but yet stern if need be. Gentle but yet strong if need be. He would sit back and listen to all that needed to be said and then determine if the situation was good or if needed adjusted. He let others do the talking even though he was "THE VOICE" everyone knew. He was never about himself, always about others. Selfless, irreplaceable, loving, honest, hardworking, and caring. The man loved Mitchell County more than most of us all put together. Past, present, and future. He documented our history more than anyone else I know. His legacy needs to be remembered for generations to come. RIP JIM!! We love you Linda.

Tommie Hanks

December 19, 2018

I worked for Jim when we did live radio on KVMC AM and through the transition to FM and satellite. Jim was a great boss, friend and leader. Many prayers for the family.

Steeley Upshaw

December 19, 2018

Jim’s consistent voice on the radio was one of those many anchors that helped me find peace and security growing up. In 1994 through a class I was taking in high school, I had the honor and privilege to meet him and spend time with him at the radio station. He showed me his daily operations and how it was often a one man show. There was no doubt he loved the station, but more so the community of Colorado City. Prayers to the family and to the community he will be missed.

Betsy Mitchell

December 19, 2018

What a legacy Jim leaves for his family, community, and country. The voice of Mitchell County will be greatly missed! I always enjoyed having KVMC playing in the house every morning and all day at Myers Auto Parts. It was just part of growing up in Colorado City. (And you never knew when he was going to razz my my dad David Myers about something 😂.) Before social media we had Jim Baum to keep us posted on community happenings from the Might Wolves sporting events to pancake suppers and fundraisers. Heaven has gained a truly devout citizen and servant.