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Donald Gene Basom

March 18, 1958 — Jan. 31, 2019

Donald Gene Basom, 60, left this world on Jan. 31, 2019, surrounded by his family.

Don was born March 18, 1958, in Port Angeles, Wash., to Marcus and Janet Basom. Don attended R.A. Long High School, Lower Columbia College, and then moved to L.A. where he graduated from Dick Grove School of Music with a degree in percussion.

Don was a professional musician and music was always a part of his daily life. He played with numerous bands in the local area and traveled playing “gigs” in the Western United States for 25 years. Don was proud to have played in a band that traveled to Korea to entertain our service members through the USO. He also performed apartment maintenance and was a painting and porcelain refinishing contractor in Portland until his health deteriorated, and he returned to the Longview area to be closer to family. Don enjoyed flying aircraft in his younger days and originally set out to become a pilot.

Don loved the cosmos and was fascinated by its energy and his connection to it. He spent hours talking about it and researching it. His questions are now answered. Don was kind, quiet, and humorous and loved to make you laugh. His joy was entertaining others.

He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Marcus “Nick” and Janet Basom.

Don’s memory will be cherished by his siblings, Mike Basom and Julie Miller (Doug), both of Longview; five nephews and nieces, William McCormick (Sandra), Kimberly Hort (Teek), and Marcus Miller, all of Longview, Krista Miller (Derek) of Newberg, Ore., and Janae Poindexter (Dustin) of Castle Rock; an uncle, Scott Yarger (Sue) of Olympia; four great-nieces and great-nephews; his cousins; and many friends.

A celebration of Don’s life is planned for 2 p.m. Feb. 22 in Steele Chapel at Longview Memorial Park.

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