John Baughman is an American author who specializes in religious history. Additionally, he serves as a counselor with Alabama Campers on Mission which offers Christian camping programs for underserved children in Alabama.
Alongside his work in ministry, he also enjoys cultivating Christmas trees for sale to local families looking for the ideal tree for their celebrations.
Early Life and Education
John Baughman hails from Michigan, studying at various colleges including University of Michigan and Otis Art Institute before serving a year with US Navy.
Blanche Coker Baughman was his wife; she was born in McLeansboro, Illinois to Joseph T. Coker and Lutie Friend Coker and had lived in Evansville and Detroit prior to settling in Mendota where they both were members of First United Methodist Church and Mendota Elks Lodge 1212. Additionally he enjoyed golf and puzzle-solving jigsaw puzzles.
Jack Raybuck was an accomplished photographer who earned a 1978 Pulitzer Prize for his portfolio depicting Rhodesian Security Forces’ brutal treatment of prisoners in 1977. He is survived by his brother Grant Raybuck; sister-in-laws Sheila Hockman and Julie Hockman as well as nieces and nephews.
Baughman achieved much in his long career. His Pulitzer Prize-winning portfolio on Rhodesian security forces’ treatment of prisoners earned him immense renown, while he donated cameras and prints to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
Baughman was the son of Blanche Coker and Cavins Baughman from Evansville, Indiana. In 1942 he enlisted at Indiana University before serving his country during World War II before returning home as a historian in Greencastle.
Retirement came in 1995 and continued his work at his ranch, growing Christmas trees for families to cut. He also played drums in a local band while lovingly taking care of Lori Condon, Jodi (Dave) Buttray and Dora Wile – his grandchildren whom he thoroughly cherished spending time with. Sadly he is survived by one daughter and three grandchildren.
Achievement and Honors
He is the founding member of Alternatives for Battered Women, an organization which offers housing and support to domestic violence victims. For his service with this group he has won several awards; additionally, he has spoken at conferences and seminars about domestic violence.
He has been an industry leader in human resources for more than 25 years, with expertise in strategic planning, leadership coaching, organizational design and DEI projects. Additionally, he serves as a consultant to many communications industry businesses.
Rebellious by nature, his multi-media artwork demonstrates this fact. Mixing paints and not following directions on paint-by-number paintings makes his unique style so apparent.
John “Jack” Baughman is known for his fierce advocacy in courtroom disputes. A master at devising innovative trial strategies that give him leverage during settlement talks, his meticulous attention to detail and dedication to gathering all relevant details are the keys to his success.
Baughman was born in Evansville, Indiana to Blanche Coker and Cavins Baughman. His mother worked as a schoolteacher while his father ran their family tree farm.
He leaves behind his nieces and nephews, including Sheila Hockman; son-in-laws Richard (Carol) Raybuck and Dennis Rogers; daughter-in-law Lillian Baughman; Violet Buck and husband John Raymond Buck as well as numerous great nieces and nephews, many great-nieces and nephews, special friends such as Kelly O’Neil as survivors. He was an active member of Clarion County Republican Party for many years.
Jack Baughman has earned an excellent reputation among legal professionals for being an outstanding trial lawyer. Known for his meticulous attention to detail and relentless tenacity when learning facts in cases, Baughman prepares each one as though it will go to trial, giving him an edge over competitors and leading him to several “bet the company” trials for significant clients that resulted in multimillion-dollar settlements.
He and his wife have two children and four grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida where he is a member of the Florida Democratic Party and has practiced law for more than 25 years specializing in personal injury and wrongful death matters.