In Memory


Jim Malsch

James “Jim” Malsch Jr., 60, passed away on October 6, 2023, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born September 13, 1963, in Shreveport to James and Evelyn Malsch. Jim attended St. Joseph Catholic School and graduated from Captain Shreve High School. After high school, he graduated from Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College, where he discovered his passion for computers.

Jim spent his life carving out his own unique path to success. After graduating from NLTCC, he began his IT career at Business Land. In 1994, he co-founded Enterprise Computing Services, LLC, ultimately growing it into one of the largest privately held IT companies in North Louisiana. He retired from ECS after 25 years to pursue other interests. 

Because of his desire to mentor other entrepreneurs, Jim never officially stopped working. He had a heart for start-up businesses and was a wonderful inspiration to so many.  He loved listening to people’s ideas for new businesses, connecting them with resources, and guiding them on the path to success. Jim joined the board at Cohab in 2014 and took over as Chairman in May of that same year. He served until 2019 when he assumed the role as Immediate Past Chairman; he then returned as Chairman for a second term in 2021.  He was an active member on the board of Sci-Port Discovery Center since 2018 and served as Board President for the Caddo Career and Technology Center Foundation. 

As an entrepreneur, Jim invested in and mentored many local companies ranging from a brewery to a sports sideline replay application. The accomplishment he was most proud of was the restoration of the Andress Ford Motor Company building into the Andress Artist & Entrepreneur Center, which has helped revitalize downtown Shreveport. It now houses executive offices and creative spaces for artists. 

In addition to his business accomplishments, Jim was an extremely talented self-taught bass player, whose musical career began in a garage during high school and included playing with The Killer Bees, Loose Talk, Mojo Tango Foxtrot, and many, many local bands. On Sundays, Jim could be found playing alongside musicians at jam sessions at the Red River Brewpub. As part of his music hobby, Jim was the co-owner of Shreveport Music Company. 

He is preceded in death by his grandparents; his parents James and Evelyn Malsch; his brother David; brothers in-law Richard Wegener and Bobby Gay.  He is survived by his wife Bobbie Malsch; sisters Sharon Malsch Wegener, and Cynthia Malsch Monroe and husband, Michael Monroe; sisters-in-law Jackie Gay and Beata Fabi Malsch; nieces Whitney Wegener Mills and Ashley Monroe; nephews Timothy Monroe and Joel Fabi Boman; great-niece Madelyn Mills, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

All services will be held at The Simple Church at the Shreveport Convention Center, 400 Caddo St. Shreveport, LA 71101 on Saturday, October 14, 2023. The Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 2:00 p.m. 

Donations can be made to the Jim Malsch Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of North Louisiana, 401 Edwards St. Suite 105, Shreveport, LA 71101, at or The Simple Church, 601 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA 71111.

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