A guest post by Paul Tamberelli
Long time industry executive Jason Baumann, most recently Regional Sales Manager for Yamaha, passed away unexpectedly on February 21, 2021 at his home in Frisco, Texas (a suburb of Dallas). Jason was just 59 at the time of his passing.
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Jason Baumann was born on October 3, 1961 to Melvin and Marcella Baumann in Ashley, North Dakota. Jason attended Ashley public schools where he played football, basketball and was crowned homecoming king. He graduated from high school in 1980. Jason attended North Dakota State University.
In 1987, Jason married Rita Howard in a union that would go on to produce two children, Leah and Jacob, during Jason’s lifelong career in electronics, marketing, and sales.
Without question, Jason’s greatest joy in life was his children and grandchildren. In almost every conversation, he would tell everyone of how proud he was of his family. He loved going to the movies with his kids, getting pedicures with his daughter, and he was always searching for the perfect pizza. Jason also enjoyed going for walks and exploring new hiking trails with his kids. He was an avid dog lover and would tell anyone who would listen, especially during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, about what great company a dog can be when you are isolated.
An avid Dallas Cowboys fan, friends from around the country could rely on Jason for hearty and good-natured competitive banter…all in good fun.
Jason is truly an industry veteran with nearly 30 years of experience in the AV space. He called on his accounts with integrity, warmth and a firm desire to help. His quick wit, fast smile and contributions will be missed by the many friends he has made during his career. Jason was also committed to helping his neighbors. He volunteered for nearly a decade at the Frisco Family Services Center whose mission is to address essential needs through care and support while helping families maintain their dignity.
If you were a friend of Jason’s, you knew that he always found a way of to cheer you up, especially when you were having a bad day. Everyone that met Jason, immediately could see his big smile and you could always expect a hug. He was a class act and will be sorely missed by all.
FROM YAMAHA: Heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends from the entire Yamaha team.
He is survived by his daughter, Leah Lovecchio and husband, Eddie Lovecchio of McKinney, Texas; son, Jacob Baumann and girlfriend, Kiki of Dallas, Texas; three grandchildren, Jaxson, Juliette, and Jason; sister, Yvonne Weisz of Los Angeles, California; and brother, Rodney Baumann of Omaha, Nebraska.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home at 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013. https://www.turrentinejacksonmorrow.com/
Robert Heiblim says
Wow. I also remember him and Matt another Yamaha veteran
Rich Jackson says
I was thinking the same thing Robert. Matt Rounds was all set to retire and had a heart attack at CEDIA in Indianapolis. I worked with Jason when he was at API. Much too young.
Craig Otter says
Jason was an old friend and warm and caring person. This is a huge loss, and I feel for his family and his friends. We worked together years ago, and never lost touch while I was still in the industry. I was really happy he landed at Yamaha and he seemed so fulfilled in his position. I will miss him.
Paul, a very touching and heartfelt tribute. thank you!
Jim Gray says
Good afternoon, Gents~
Like all of you who knew Jason, I was very sad to hear about his passing…
Bob (Goedkin) told me in a phone call earlier this week and it took some wind out of the day.
I was there in Indianapolis when Matt Rounds suffered his heart attack; in fact, I was walking out with several of the Yamaha folks right after the show closed for the day (as I recall) when Matt collapsed. I hadn’t thought about that in a long time…
I was telling Bob in an email last night that it would be nice if we could honor Jason in some way? Perhaps a donation to his favorite cause or set up a small scholarship in his name~
I would appreciate hearing from anyone with some ideas…
I hope wherever he is, everything sounds great, is in phase and he’s playing it loud!
Farewell, old friend~
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Buzz Delano says
I am saddened to see the news of Jason’s passing. He was a man of good character and will surely be missed.