Jeffrey Paul Bass
Jeffrey Paul Bass passed away at his home in Boise, ID, on Sunday, April 1, 2018, at the age of 43.
Jeff was born to parents Robert Bass and Mary Ritch Bass on January 23, 1975, in Nampa, Idaho. He grew up as the oldest son with his sister, Kim, and step-sister, Niki. As a child, Jeff enjoyed spending time traversing the North End Foothills of Boise, climbing trees, building forts, shooting his BB gun, riding bikes, sailing at Lucky Peak Reservoir, sledding, skiing, and playing sports in the front yard with his sister and friends. As he aged, his interests evolved to snowboarding, music, camping, and playing tight end (#80). He attended Boise High School and graduated in 1994. “Brave to the Grave.” He also studied at Northern Idaho College, College of Western Idaho, and Boise State University.
On July 11, 1998, Jeff married Amy Kardos gaining three more sisters: Olivia, Taylor, and Megan, a mother-in-law, Lisa, and a grandma Betty. Jeff’s first son, Cameron Robert Bass, arrived on Veterans Day, November 11, 1998. His second son, Alexander Paul, was born July 2, 2002. Jeff’s boys were his pride and joy and shared his love of nature, music, humor, and hard work.
Jeff worked at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in patient and visitor services where he always greeted everyone with a smile and especially loved taking care of friends and family when they came to the hospital—going the extra mile to make sure they were well taken care of. Jeff also worked for Mr. Mudd as a polyurethane foam lifter. It was easy to spot Jeff in his giant van as worked throughout the valley.
Jeff will be remembered as a loving father, husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend. A musician, recording and sharing his songs played on his guitar. A prankster: especially to his mom, aunts, and sons. A trendsetter: with his unique selection of hats and novelty tees. An animal lover. An artist: leaving his signature “cat butt” in all our homes, on our whiteboards, scrap paper, and with sidewalk chalk. A tinker: building, fixing, and playing with all sorts of gadgets in his garage, house, and yard, which he usually gave to his sons, nieces, and nephews. Jeff was the kindest and most loving person, putting others before himself daily. He never left a room without hugging you and saying “I love you” or “I’m proud of you.” We will miss his jokes, his crooked smile, his laugh, and his great big hugs.
He is survived by his two sons, Cameron Robert and Alexander Paul Bass; wife, Amy Bass; parents, Robert Bass and Mary Ritch Bass; sister and her family, Kim, Tony, Karsyn, and Paul Zaragoza; step-sister and her family, Niki Jones; Robert’s significant other, Elvia Moreno and her family; sister in laws and their families, Olivia Cook, Taylor Meservy, Megan Seward; mother-in-law, Lisa Meservy.
Jeff is also survived by a large extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins in Idaho and California, who he cared for deeply.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Willis and Adalee Bass of Carmichael, CA; grandparents, Russell and Mary Petrina Ritch of Citrus Heights, CA; and grandma in law, Betty Thompson of Boise, ID.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made “For the Boys” at: https://www.youcaring.com/jeffreycameronandalexbass-1159826#
A celebration of life will be held at 5:00 pm, on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at The Well Church, 1400 N. Cole Rd. in Boise.