January 20, 2021 (BELLINGHAM, WA / VANCOUVER, BC) – CRISTA Media is mourning the sudden and unexpected passing of Jim Bouma, a 40-year veteran of Bellingham-based (KWPZ) PRAISE 106.5. Bouma had most recently been serving as both Operations Manager and weekday Morning Show co-host for the station prior to his tragic passing on Tuesday, January 19.
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. Jim and Sharon Bouma met while attending college in Iowa. Upon getting married the college sweethearts ultimately settled in Sharon’s hometown of Lynden, Washington, opening the door for Jim to begin a career at PRAISE 106.5 that would end up spanning four decades.
Stated TJ Malievsky, Vice President of CRISTA Media: “The CRISTA Media ministry is reeling from the devastating news of Jim Bouma’s tragic passing. 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.”