ProAudio.com lost one of our founders and longtime company president, John Paul Kimzey, on November 17th 2017 after a long battle with cancer.
John Paul has been a long-time Fort Worth businessman, dating back to working in his father’s store (Kimzey’s Radio & Television) at the age of 13. He eventually would assume full ownership of that business. His progress didn’t stop there, he was involved in numerous radio, television, and other ventures, including building the cable system for the city of Greenville, TX as well as owning 2 radio stations there.
Of course, he founded Crouse-Kimzey (which became ProAudio.com) in 1971 with his uncle John R. “Buddy” Crouse, originally as a broadcast consulting firm. Crouse-Kimzey company would become a premier source for all radio electronics “from the microphone to the transmitter”. You can read more about ProAudio.com/Crouse-Kimzey’s history here.
Educated at Fort Worth’s Texas Christian University (TCU) in Radio & Television as well as Ranch Management, in addition to his legacy in the North Texas Broadcast industry, John Paul has been involved in the ranching industry. John Paul was very proud of his heritage as a Fort Worth native, involved in his church, University Christian Church, as well as numerous organizations such as Fort Worth Country Day School, Speedway Children’s Charities, Sons of the Revolution, Fort Worth Air Power Council, and Fort Worth Rotary Club.
Here at ProAudio.com, we will remember John Paul for his wisdom and insight into our business, as well as his friendly visits, often bringing his faithful dog, Jack. John Paul Kimzey is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lane Anne Kimzey, as well as his three sons: Rob, Paul, and Bill, and his 6 grandchildren. He will be remembered not only by his close family, but by his numerous friends, extended family, and even doctors and nurses whom he formed close relationships with throughout his treatment.