Gordon Elvyn Bascom, age 83, passed away on 21 August 2023 at his stepson’s home. He was born on 13 November 1939 to Elvyn and Venice Manwaring Bascom in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was the first of five children. He cherished growing up in the Roosevelt area. He often said, “When my tank is low, I return to the Basin.”
Gordon’s passions were family, reading, history, sports, and the outdoors. He fathered three sons and was a dad to his five stepchildren. He was always packing a few books in his arms. While attending Dixie State Junior College, he was honored with the Rebel history award. He participated on a baseball team that took the championship trophy at an All Church event on 3 different occasions. He was employed by the US Forest Service for over 20 years, where he fought fires and maintained and improved US Forest Service campgrounds.
Gordon graduated from Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah. He attended Dixie State Junior College. He then earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education, with English, history, and reading endorsements from Weber State College. Master’s in school counseling studies was at the University of Phoenix.
Gordon embraced the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was a scholar in the scriptures and well-versed in LDS doctrine. He served an LDS mission in Northern California. He loved the area and the people.
Gordon played basketball, football, and ran track in high school. High school football, his favorite sport, was cut short due to a knee injury. He continued playing basketball at Dixie State, where Elder Jeffery Holland was a teammate, study partner, and friend. He was a walk-on basketball player at Weber State College. He treasured the coaching of Dick Motta and Phil Johnson. During his 30-year teaching career, he coached basketball, football, and track.
Gordon was preceded in death by his parents and son, Coby. He is survived by his wife Sharee, sons Tamber (Linda) Bascom and Darby (Laura) Bascom, stepchildren Shaylyn Bouwer, Steven (Kassandra) Worsley, Shaundra (Ricardo) Avalos, Shane Worsley, and Sheldon (Stacey) Worsley, sister Wilda (Norman) Tanner, brothers Dale (Lei) Bascom, Glen (Louise) Bascom, Kent (Nancy) Bascom, 19 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and 62 nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 26, 2023, at 12:00 P.M. at the Paris Chapel, 109 S. Main St., Paris, Idaho. There will be a viewing for friends and family prior to the services from 10:30 to 11:30 A.M. at the church. Interment at Paris City Cemetery.
Those who would like to attend the service virtually may use the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81038754076