CE Industry Mourns Loss of Jason Baumann, 59

Longtime sales rep for Yamaha, API, Polk Audio, KEF, and Milestone AV, Jason Baumann dies unexpectedly at age 59.


Industry veteran Jason Baumann, 59, passed away unexpectedly on February 21, 2021 at his home in Frisco, Texas. Jason made electronics a lifelong career, with roles in marketing and sales. He last served as regional sales manager for Yamaha. He also held sales positions with Audio Products International, KEF America, Milestone AV, Polk Audio, ProSource, and others.

His obituary reads: Jason Baumann, son of Melvin and Marcella Baumann, was born on October 3, 1961 in Ashley, North Dakota. He attended Ashley public schools where he played football and basketball and was crowned homecoming king. He graduated from high school in 1980. He attended North Dakota State University. Jason was united in marriage to Rita Howard on April 4, 1987.

The couple resided in Phoenix and Dallas and had two children (Leah and Jacob). His greatest joy was his children and grandchildren. Jason loved going to the movies with his kids, getting pedicures with his daughter, and was always searching for the perfect pizza. He also enjoyed going for walks and exploring new hiking trails with his kids.

Survivors include 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; and brother Rodney Baumann of Omaha, Nebraska.

“Jason was a dear friend whose life touched so many in our industry,” says Bonnie Perella, Manager, National Specialty Retail, Legrand | AV. “He always put his family first, yet he somehow always made time to listen to his peers. He’d share his wisdom and almost always add laughter to the conversation. Jason was one of the good guys who will never be forgotten.”

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family by sending cards or letters to: 3604 Rand Creek Trail, McKinney, TX 75070. Please also visit Jason’s memorial page to share a story on how he touched your life.

A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday, March 4 at 10 a.m. at the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home.

About the Author

Jason Knott
Jason Knott:

Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald's Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California.




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