Raymond Sims Baum

Portland, Oregon

1955 - 2018 (Age 62)


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In Loving Memory Raymond Sims BaumAug. 18, 1955 - Feb. 9, 2018Raymond Sims Baum, 62, of La Grande, passed away from complications of Prostate Cancer Feb. 9, 2018, at the Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at the Church of Jesus Christ of...

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I was so saddened to hear of Ray's death. I knew him when he was in junior high and I was a lifeguard at LaGrande city pool. He hung around the pool a lot. He was such a nice and good spirited kid. I met him again, a few years ago in LaGrande and he was still that way. It was such a pleasure to visit with him and his wife Kristine.
He accomplished so much and gave much back to others in his life.
My deepest condolences to Kristine and Ray's family.

Jan Schneider

Warm thoughts of great memories growing up with a cousin we all knew was destined for special things. Great guy, kind, brilliant, dedicated to his family and faith. We toiled endlessly for our demanding Gram and were the better for it. A life lived well but way too short. I always told him he's a Republican I'd vote for. He liked that. Much love to his family.

Love and hugs to the Baum family. We treasure Rays friendship and wonderful sense of humor. So many memories watching our girls play soccer! He may be absent, but Ray is so very present in many hearts❤ Love, Jim & Sally Moore, Torrie, Leanne, Kyle & Krissy Bryson

I am so saddened by the loss of Ray, he was the older brother I never had. When my family moved to LaGrande in 1973, our fathers became best friends and the Baum family treated our family like royalty. Ray was the senior class president at LaGrande high school and I was a sophomore, but Ray looked out for me and introduced me to everybody. I will never forget the hours we spent in the basement listening to music while he tried to teach me the finer points of foosball. The last time I...

Majority Leader Ray Baum was instrumental in helping me navigate a very tense Legislative session in 1995. His friendly and warm personality helped through many tough times. I remember after one very contentious session he was in my office with several other members when Ray said I am calling home now -so everyone was quiet while he made his call. After talking to Kristine he spoke to his young son and said " you have to be the man of the house and help mom, so be a good boy and do what...

Ray Baum is one of the finest men I have ever met, and I enjoyed working with him from a telecom industry perspective and during his time working for Chairman Walden. He became a good friend over the years, and I will miss him. His cornerstone traits were Honesty, Trust, Integrity, and a wonderful sense of humor.

I was a Vermont Commissioner when Ray joined NARUC. I served on the USF joint board with him and chaired the Separations joint board when he chaired the Telcom committee.. I was Vice Chair and when he left to work on the hill I became Chair of the Committee. And I was a Democrat! Ray and I did not always agree on matters, and we spent hours over the years finding common ground and a path we could both live with. Many times since we lamented that that appears to be a lost art in todays...

Great guy, I worked with Ray on serval issues over the years and our children swam together in LaGrande. He will be missed, his honesty and integrity in law practice and in public service was model for all of us. Good men, fathers, husbands, and friends are hard to lose. I trust he is in the bosom of the Lord. My heartfelt prayers for his wife, children and familey.

My heartfelt condolences to Ray's family. He was an amazing person. He was incredibly dedicated not only to his family but his work as well. I am privileged to have had the honor of working with him. He will be terribly missed.

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