40 years with the station, he and co-host Lynette Morgan won a national award in 2011
LYNDEN — Jim Bouma, Lynden resident and 40-year employee with local Christian radio station KWPZ Praise 106.5, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 19, while working out at the Homestead fitness center.
CRISTA Media, owner of the station, was mourning Bouma’s sudden passing, the organization said in a Wednesday press release.
Bouma had most recently been serving as both operations manager and weekday Morning Show co-host for the station.
“The CRISTA Media ministry is reeling from the devastating news of Jim Bouma’s tragic passing,” said TJ Malievsky, vice president. “Jim was an incredible light to those he served alongside at PRAISE 106.5 and our listeners throughout Washington and British Columbia. He was an amazing man of faith whose impact on the community will never be forgotten, and his legacy at PRAISE 106.5 will be forever etched in our history. During this heartbreaking time our thoughts and prayers are with Sharon and the Bouma family.”
Bouma is survived by his wife, Sharon; sons Hunter and Chase, daughters-in-law Aimee and Samantha, grandsons Canyon, Wyatt, Silas and Talon, and granddaughter Clarke.
CRISTA said Jim and Sharon Bouma met while attending college in Iowa. Upon getting married, the college sweethearts ultimately settled in Sharon’s hometown of Lynden, opening the door for Jim to begin a career at PRAISE 106.5 that would end up spanning four decades.
The station, founded as KLYN in Lynden, continued on Front Street until relocating operations to Bellingham in 2015. The reach of its FM Christian radio format is throughout northwest Washington and into British Columbia.
In January 2011 the Morning Show of Bouma with co-host Lynette Morgan won the Air Personality of the Year award from National Religious Broadcasters among large-market music-format stations.
This was the online post of the station on Wednesday: “It is with a heavy heart that we make you aware of the unexpected passing of Jim Bouma yesterday. This is a heartbreaking loss for all of us. While we do grieve, we do not grieve without hope. We know he is with Jesus! Jim answered his call to serve at PRAISE 106.5 40 years ago and we are so grateful how God used him to touch the lives of thousands upon thousands of listeners. His legacy here will never be forgotten. We would love to ask you to pray for Jim’s family and the station during this difficult time. You can share your memories, prayers and sentiments in the comments and they will be passed on to his family.”
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