Obituary of Mark Anthony Bass
Mark passed from this world Friday, August 26, 2016. The eldest of four children, Mark was born to Shelby and Shirley Bass on July 5, 1959, in China Lake, California and grew up in Buena Park, California.
Mark and Vicki were married on April 26, 1980 in La Habra, California. He moved his young family to Nevada County in 1985 to work for the family business. Mark was the owner of Bass Fire Protection, where he designed and installed fire sprinklers for over 30 years. He mentored many young people to bring them into the trade that he was passionate about and that his family had been in for 80-plus years. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District for 18 years; he also served as Treasurer.
In his spare time, Mark enjoyed cooking, hiking, fishing and never missed an opportunity to learn something new, whether in a class, book or by taking a trip. He loved teaching his grandchildren about science, discussing books with his granddaughter and was the first one called for help with math homework. He was known in the family as the paparazzi and was never seen without his camera at family functions.
His family was everything to him, and he loved them dearly. He is survived by his wife, Vicki Bass; his three daughters, Shaunna Carter (Michael), Sarah Bass-Rutherford (Jeremy), and Samantha Bass; his grandchildren, Rian and Zachery Rutherford and Anthony Carter; his sisters, Tina Cavalli (Mark), Susan Bass-Curr (Michael), and Carrie Hall (Mark); his seven nieces, seven nephews; eight grandnephews and 13 grandnieces; and his beloved dog Izzy. He was preceded in death by his father, Shelby Monroe Bass, in 2003, and his mother, Shirley Faye Bass, on April 1, 2016. Please join us in celebrating Mark’s life on Saturday, September 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Western Gateway Park, Pavilion 2, in Penn Valley.In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Firefighters Burn Institute, 3101 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA, 95820.
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