Originally Shared by Arizona Masonry Contractors Association / Arizona Masonry Guild, Inc.
I am sad to report the passing of Robert “Ducky” Baum on Monday, February 27, 2017.
Ducky was born on January 18, 1942 in Morton, Illinois. After graduating from Morton High School in 1960, he began his career as a bricklayer apprentice. He quickly became a foreman on large masonry projects and began to take a keen interest in his father’s business, Otto Baum and Sons Masonry. At the age of 27, Ducky took over the entire reigns of the company.
In 1983, Ducky moved his family to Phoenix to help run Sun Valley Masonry. His strong work ethic and integrity in business helped shape Sun Valley’s reputation as a leading masonry contracting firm throughout the state.
Ducky will be remembered for his unconditional love of his family, his unwavering faith in God, his dedication to his employees & the masonry industry and his charitable works.
“Ducky was one of the stalwart icons of our industry. When I think of Ducky many words come to mind: hard-working, committed, passionate, knowledgeable, honest, integrity, compassionate, generous, humble.
There is no question that Ducky was a very hard working man who was thoroughly committed to his family, the people who he worked with, his company and the masonry industry. Ducky was a man of action who was very involved in the daily activities of the many projects that his people built. He was very instrumental in the success and growth of Sun Valley Construction that made them one of the premier Masonry Contractors in Arizona and nationally. I have had numerous interactions with Ducky over the years as we worked together to address project challenges or meet on a job to work out logistics and was always impressed with his vast construction knowledge and his great pride and passion for masonry and building beautiful buildings. In all my dealings with Ducky, there was one thing I could always count on- I would be treated fairly and respectfully. He was always very honest and up front with you, either good news or bad. He was a tough negotiator but always worked from a position of integrity that resulted in equitable and satisfying solutions for all sides. What I think about the most was Ducky’s compassion for his fellow man. There are a great many whose lives have been enriched and are better as a result of Ducky’s very quiet and self-less actions. He was a humble man who did not extend his generosity with the intention to receive accolades or recognition, but because he felt it was the right thing to do in service to his Creator and to those in need of help. He will be missed here on Earth but his legacy will live on.”- Dave Endres, Oldcastle Superlite
On September 21, 2012, Ducky was presented the Bart Del Duca Award which is awarded to an industry member who demonstrates an outstanding performance, service or significant achievement in the masonry industry. Earlier this year, Ducky was inducted in the Mason Contractors Association of America’s Masonry Hall of Fame.
Ducky is survived by his wife of 51 years Christine Schupbach, their 4 children and 16 grandchildren.
Information regarding memorial services is listed below.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Baum Family during this difficult time.
Visitation: Sunday, March 5th from 4pm to 7pm at Apostolic Christian Church: 9230 N 26th Street Phoenix, AZ 85028
Funeral Service: Monday March 6th at 10:30am at Redemption Gilbert: 1820 W. Elliot Rd., Gilbert AZ 85233. (Please do not send flowers to this location, see below.)
Flowers: If you would like to send flowers, please send to Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N. 7th St. Phoenix, AZ 85020. 602-944-1561.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to: “Loving Shepherd Ministries” or “The Phoenix Rescue Mission”