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James Addison Baugh

08/17/1950 - 09/19/2017
Service Date: 09/23/2017
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kensington Ward, 745 N. Val Vista Drive, Mesa, Arizona

Dr. James Addison Baugh, 67, of Mesa, Arizona, succumbed to cancer at his home surrounded by his family on September 19, 2017.

Jim was a 1968 graduate of Shasta High School in Redding, California. Following a year of Military Preparatory School he was accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He graduated with the Class of 1973 and proudly served as an Infantry officer, with 82nd Airborne and Ranger qualifications, for 24 years. Jim was a great patriot and flew the American flag every day of his life. After retiring from the Army as a Major, he joined GateWay Community College. For the next 23 years he taught mathematics, served as Department Chair, and contributed to numerous committees. He was an inspiration to students and faculty alike. Jim held four college degrees: a Bachelor of Science, Masters in Business Administration and Natural Science, and a Doctorate in Education. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed playing handball, racquetball, and church basketball. He also enjoyed movies and reading. Jim was always eager to help a friend, visit a neighbor, certify a merit badge for a Boy Scout, or spend time with his family.

Jim was a loving husband, father, Papa, brother, and friend to all. He was an active and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jim is survived by his wife Debra of 44 years; daughter Rachel Lindsay (Jason); son Justin Baugh (Kaylynn); seven beautiful grandchildren Emma Addisen Lindsay, Craig Allen Baugh, Carter Jesse Lindsay, JaLynn Kay Baugh, Jensen Stephen Baugh, Nora Jane Lindsay, and James Addison Baugh; brother Les Baugh (Susie); sister Connie Fischer (Robert); sister Shirley Swanson; sister-in-law Annette Tenneson; and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family.

Jim is predeceased by parents Leslie Baugh and Louise Cavaceci; guardians Earl Tenneson and Elva Knott; brother George Tenneson; and brother-in-law Larry Swanson.  

A special thank you to the angels at Hospice at Home of Arizona for their loving care and support.

Visitation will be on Friday, September 22, 2017, from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM, at Bunker’s University Chapel, 3529 E. University Drive, Mesa, Arizona, as well as Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 9:00 to 9:45 AM, at the LDS Church Building at 745 N. Val Vista Drive in Mesa. Funeral Services will immediately follow at 10:00 AM. Jim will be laid to rest at the Green Acres Cemetery at 401 N. Hayden Road in Scottsdale following the service.

The Jim Baugh Math Lovers Scholarship has been set up in Dr. Baugh’s name. At the family’s request, please consider making a donation to his scholarship in lieu of flowers. Donations may be made online at: https://www.gatewaycc.edu/about-gateway/jim-baugh-math-lovers-scholarship or send a check made payable to GateWay Community College, at 108 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034,and write Jim Baugh in the memo line.


  • His mother was my Aunt whom we did not relate on a regular basis. James Baugh lived a great life with many accomplishments.

  • Kathy and Allen Davis

    We have your whole family in our thoughts and prayers. Memory Eternal!

  • Donna Nye (Barbara's daughter in DE)

    Debbie I am so sorry for your loss…You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Bruce and Nancy Kerns

    A special person who will be missed by all who knew him. Our memories of Jim will last forever. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Debi and her family.

  • Cliff Bates (Chief,USAF)

    So sorry for your loss, Debbie. Major Jim was a special person. Lot of fun times at the dealership. God bless you and family.

  • Saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. Please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • We all loved and admired Jim.
    Please accept our deepest condolences

  • Please accept my condolences on the loss of your loved one. When someone we love dies the heartache and grief can be unbearable. I hope you will be comforted in knowing that God cares for you and sees your pain. (1 Peter 5:7) May you find comfort and relief during this difficult time as you cherish the fond memories of James.

  • Praying for entire family at this very difficult and sad time.
    You’ve always made me feel like a part of the family. Please let me know how I can help in the future.
    Sending my love to the entire family.

  • My deepest condolences to the family. Remember you are not alone at this diffficult time. “God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress.” Psalm 46:1

  • Jim, Connie and Les became my brothers and sister when they came to live with my parents as very young children. My family loved Jim as their own. We will miss him so much and cherish his memory.

  • Karen (Tenneson) Lamoureux

    Uncle “Jimmy” has always held a special place in my heart. I will forever cherish the wonderful memories I have of him while I was growing up. He will truly be missed.

  • So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Please know of our heartfelt sympathy in this time of loss.

    Marc and Mary Ann Mason

  • Jerry and Kay Curtis

    We love the Baugh Family! Debi, Rachel and Justin- know that Jim was admired, loved and respected by many. We send our love and thoughts to all of you!

  • Jim was one of our family’s many cousins. Unfortunately, we never met until later in life, but I found him to be a wonderful and interesting person. He had achieved much in his short life. Sorry to hear of his passing.

  • Nancy Hendrickson

    God be with you ’till we meet again brother. Until then, your kindness, strength and ability to make everyone happy in your presence is engraven in my memory, and will continue to warm my heart whenever I think of you. Thank you for being an important part of my life, and you always will be – into the eternities. I am so grateful. Love you Jim.

  • Tina and Tim Thomas

    Debbie: we saw the sad news in the West Point bulletin we received today. Absolutely heartbreaking to read about Jim’s passing. He clearly touched many people with his math expertise and personality, to include all those with whom he served in the military. He will be sorely missed by family, friends, students, and his officer classmates.

  • Something triggered me to look up
    my dear friend Jim and deeply saddened to learn of his passing. We played hundreds of handball games together and he was one tough competitor. Sandi and I fondly remember when Jim and Justin did us a big favor and hauled off a truckload of ugly pink tiles from our house in Scottsdale we had just moved into. Many fond memories and I look forward to competing against Jim on the court again someday.

  • Alan Lindberg

    Dr. Baugh was the instructor that broke my paralyzing fear of math. He instilled in me an layman’s passion for mathmatics. I did not follow through with traditional academics but as the WWW-internet offered free access to more knowledge it was because of Dr. Baugh’s generous and thorough teaching that I came to have a plebian passion for math. I add my heartfelt thoughts upon finding out he has passed. Thank you Dr. Baugh!

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