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“J.J.was the greatest friend and classmate that I had during those 4 years of high school.It's tragic that I'm just finding out and that .....(sobs)...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: William Binion - Austin, TX

“Dearest Becky and Skylerr and the entire Birnbaum family, I am so sorry to hear of James' untimely death. I send you my sympathy and love. ”
2 of 18 | Posted by: Linda Keys (Erin's mom) - Austin, TX

“My thought and prayers are with your family as we are all missing JJ's laugh and smile. I knew JJ through his jam sessions with my brother. Always...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Jennifer Pinson - TX

“My condolences go out to JJ's family and friends. Unfortunately, I will be out of town and will miss the memorial service however my thoughts will be...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Willie Scoggins - Austin, TX

“I am incredibly sorry for your loss. JJ was one of a kind. My LBJ and Texas State experiences would not have been the same without him. His...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Michael Chapa - Austin, TX

“I remember that fantastic laugh of his, completely contagious and original. He always could make me smile in spite of myself... Such a sweetness to...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Sylvie Preston - New York City, NY

“JJ was one of a kind.Most of my high school memories centererd around him. He taught me the meaning of love and strength. He teased me like no other,...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Jessie Brennan - Austin, TX

“Becky, Skylerr, Birny, Grandma, Kenna, I am holding you in prayer and up to the higher powers of LOVE that are so mind-numbing and confusing when a...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Kristen - Austin, TX

“Say if I only could, I'd make a deal with God, And I'd get him to swap our places, Be running up that road, Be running up that hill, With no problems...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Anonymous

“I am truly sorry for your loss and saddened by this terrible happening. I once heard "As long as you love the one you lose, you never lose the one...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Ronni Brandi - Woodbury, NY

“We knew JJ through Boy Scouts and LBJ High school, but mainly through his deep friendship with our son, Willie. JJ had a delightfully skewed take on...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Ginny Burnett - Austin, TX

“Birny, Becky, and Skylerr You have our deepest sympathies. I'll never forget the first time I met JJ he was 5 at the time and was so excited to...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: D.J. and Lori - Austin, TX

“Dear Birny, please accept my deep condolences in this time of grief, you have my heartfelt sympathy. Your son sounds like he was a wonderful young...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Bonnie Burns - Friend

“Becky, Please feel my deepest sympathy for you and your family; a loss no one can comprehend. My wish for you and yours is that at some point your...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Jim Sayre - Dallas, TX

“I wish I could be there with you all, but I am 8000 miles away across the Pacific right now. JJ was genuinely one of the best guys I knew, and always...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Leo Carter - Austin, TX

“I am SO sorry to hear about this - but celebrate what a joy he was in your life. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: carol sureau - Olympia, WA

“Birny and Becky and the entire Birnbaum family, I am so sorry for your loss. It was a joy to read about your son in this obituary --what a great...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Kathleen Gmeiner - Columbus, OH

“We are praying for all the family. We are so very sorry and ask God to bliss you. ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Bob and Carole Hunter - arlington, VA


We lost our precious J.J. on April 15, 2012, when his car veered off of a winding road as he returned home to Austin. James Jackson Birnbaum, age 26, was a much-loved son, grandson, brother, uncle, and friend, and we are devastated by our sudden loss. J.J. was wise beyond his years and able to converse in great depth about any topic. Whether it was politics, sports, music, or life in general, J.J. had a well-formulated point of view that he shared to the amusement of all around him. He was extremely close to his mother, Becky, and sister, Skylerr, cared deeply for Birny, his dad, and was especially tender to his Granny. There is no better uncle than J.J. was to his three-year-old niece, Kenna—to her, he hung the moon in every sky.

An accomplished musician, J.J. had broad and diverse musical interests, ranging from classical to 60's rock-and-roll to blues guitar to worldly avant-garde sounds. Fans of KVRX will remember his stint as a DJ specializing in extreme music. He never missed a Dallas Cowboys game, although the team frustrated him to no end. Disc golf was his favorite sport. J.J. cherished his daily nature walks with his beloved dog, Shiva.

Born in Austin on January 30, 1986, J.J. attended Casis Elementary, Kealing Middle School, and graduated in 2004 from the Liberal Arts and Science Academy at LBJ High School, where he excelled in math and science. In 2010, he graduated from St. Edwards University with a Bachelor's degree in Business. At the time of his death, J.J. was working as a freelance writer for Yahoo while he pursued greater plans for his future.

J.J. is survived by his mother, Becky Jackson of Austin; father, Birny Birnbaum, sisters, Skylerr Jackson Birnbaum, Reeta Ricks, Beth Delis, and Summer Wood; niece, Kenna Skylerr Tuck; grandmother, Jean Jackson; honorary aunts, Jackie Gilbert and Suzanne Whatley, and many close friends.

A Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 21 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, St. Edwards University.