James was born at St. Thomas Hospital in Canon City on July 9, 1966 to Joanna Marie (Dinkel) Baugh and James Walter Baugh. He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church; confirmed and a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
In 1967 the family moved to Seattle where James started school. He graduated from Canon City High School in 1984 with a 4.0 average. James started college at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado where the first signs of MS appeared. Upon returning home, James was diagnosed with Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. This was the beginning of a 34 year journey dealing with the progression of MS.
James was a fighter with determination, a great attitude, and perseverance. He never complained, was always cooperative, exercised constantly, and worked hard at maintaining his independence. Once in a while, he would comment on his regret of not being married and having a family.
He became a certified draftsman, Colorado licensed real estate broker, helped raise livestock, and worked in several family businesses. In high school drafting class, he designed a home which was built by the class in his senior year. His love of construction and design led him to pursue education as an architect in college and his working life.
James ended his long journey in St. Thomas More Hospital on September 2, 2018 at 5:00 a.m.
He is survived by his father, James Walter Baugh; step-mother, Lucille Baugh; half-sister, Marlene Roth; half-brothers, David (Karen) Dinkel, Larry Roth, Stephen Roth, step-brothers, Dean (Lori) Michael, and Eric (Kathryn) Michael; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Joanna Marie Baugh; grandparents, Howard and Marie Baugh and Nicholas and Regina Dinkel:
James had several friends which stayed near him over the years: Jodi Enderle, Kurt Layton, and members of the Class of 1957. Pastor Dan Kletke of St. John’s Lutheran Church visited him often and came to his home to give him communion services.
Funeral service, 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2018 at St. John Lutheran Church, located at Central Avenue and Greydene Street, Canon City, Colorado. Following the service his ashes will be interred at Mountain Vale Cemetery, located at Chestnut Street and Pinion Avenue. Afterward a celebration of his life will be held at 1260 North Raynolds Ave, Canon City, Colorado.