Palm La Paz Funerals & Cremations

2983 Tulare Street, Fresno, CA


Larry Weldon Baucum

March 31, 1943July 24, 2020

Larry was born on March 31, 1943 in Los Angeles, California to Weldon and Elizabeth (Bess) Baucum. He took his last breath on July 24, 2020 in Fresno, California at the age of 77.

Larry grew up in Fresno. He graduated from Fresno High School in 1961. During jr. high and high school he excelled in Track. Larry set records in the 880 yard relay, 75 and 100 yard dash and also competed in broad jump.

Soon after high school, Larry welcomed a son, Johnny Baucum. In 1980, he welcomed a daughter, Melissa Brown (Baucum).

He went to work for Southern Pacific Railroad and had over 40 years of service before ultimately retiring as a Yardmaster in 2005.

Larry loved the outdoors and animals. He enjoyed his retirement drinking coffee and watching nature in his backyard.

Larry was a friend for life. He was always there for a helping hand and always up for a good discussion over a pot of coffee.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Weldon and Elizabeth Baucum and his son, Johnny Baucum. Larry is survived by his daughter, Melissa Brown and her husband, Daniel Brown; 3 grandchildren Richard Bailey, Andrew Brown and Emily Brown.

Larry was also preceded in death by the love of his life, Mary Wallace. Larry’s wishes were to spend eternity next to his love, whom he missed dearly.

Larry will be missed dearly by his friends, family and countless people whose lives were touched by him.

Sadly missed along life’s way, quietly remembered every day….no longer in our life to share, but in our hearts, you will always be there.


  • Weldon Baucum, Father (deceased)
  • Elizabeth Kutlik Baucum, Mother (deceased)
  • Johnny Baucum, Son (deceased)
  • Melissa Brown, Daughter
  • Larry is also survived by 3 wonderful grandchildren.

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  • Graveside Service

    Friday, August 7, 2020


Larry Weldon Baucum

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Ron Abee

August 2, 2020

Larry you were always a good friend and always lent me a helping hand vise versa. We found that we shared common things in life such as track and field in high school. We both broke records running. Always a place to stop and have a cup of coffee and talk about the old days of our youth and the early days of railroading. I was always pleased to see you at our get together s of old railroaders; laugh and tease. We did go our separate ways once retired but always remembered. You're on a new journey now and rest well; free of all the ailments that you endured for so long.

shannon & Ty Crosbie

August 2, 2020

We were so proud to have Larry marry us on October 26,2019...He will be missed....In loving memory of Larry

Chris Segura

August 2, 2020

When I first came to Fresno in 99 as a new switchman I worked for killer for about 2weeks before I actually meet him. We introduced ourselves & within a few days he forgot my name. He asked someone about me but couldn't remember my name so his response was "That big guy.. with long hair... That Chief Guy!" So Chief it is & it stuck. His sarcasm was hilarious as long as it wasnt towards you.. I remember working alot of midnight shifts for him & we would laugh because you could watch that little red glowing amber from the tip of his capri cigarette just walking back & forth. Hope the best for your family & may each of you walk in Beauty. Like Bryan said.. Real Badass...

Gloria Nieblas

August 1, 2020

Larry trained me to be a Yardmaster. Tough and fair. A privilege to call him my friend and mentor.

Bryan Bechtel

August 1, 2020

I worked with Larry from 1999-2005. He was the true definition of an old school Railroader. He longed for the days of old. He was the last true Switchman turned Yardmaster. Which made him a very good Yardmaster. I enjoyed his insight and passion. He was always referred to as “Killer” and was a true Badass.

Rest In Peace,

curtis jayne

July 30, 2020

you were my best friend, my mentor, a father figure to me, always giving me the advice you knew was right for me, for the last 25+ years we've talked on an almost daily basis, i know the last few years without mary had been tough for you, your with her now forever, i don't know how to express what it meant to me, when you were always there when i was going through a tough time.
my heart breaks for melissa, and your grandchildren, no matter the disagreements you loved each other.
see ya soon larry

Melissa Brown

July 30, 2020

I'm grateful I got to be your little girl. I will miss you. I hope I continue to make you proud. There is no more pain, sickness or sadness for you. Until we meet again!!
Love you always


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