Fred Theyon Bassett


(Oct. 12, 2006)

Fred Theyon Bassett died on Oct. 12 in Lovell after a brief illness.

He was born Dec. 21, 1913 in the small community of Iona to Fred Herbert and Susan Alzina Bassett.

He grew up in Iona and attended schools in Kane and Lovell. After high school he tended sheep in the Big Horns, then served in the Eastern States Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1931-1933.

When he returned from his mission, he attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie where he met Barbara Clark at the LDS Institute. They married on Jan. 3, 1940, in the Salt Lake City Temple.

Fred spent World War II working at the shipyards on Mare Island near San Francisco. Since then, Fred and Barbara made their home in Lovell, where he worked as a blacksmith and welder. In addition, he was served faithfully in the LDS Church, 4-H and the Boy Scouts. He was awarded the BSA Silver Beaver.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; and one daughter, Ruth Bryant; as well as three grandchildren, Randall Swensen, Elaine Bassett and Rikke Swensen.

He is survived by six children, 25 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Surviving children and in-laws are Irene (Robert) Swensen of Salt Lake City, Fred C. (Louise) Bassett of Longview, Texas, Donella (Mike) Pease of Powell, Bruce (Marie) Bassett of Orem, Utah, Donald Bryant of Vernonia, Ore., Jason (Della) Bassett, of Richfield Wash. and Carlos (Connie) Bassett of Laramie.

Funeral services were held Oct. 16 in the Lovell Stake Center. Burial followed in the Lovell Cemetery.