Obituary of Glen Bassett
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Glen Irwin Bassett, a resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at the age of 84 years. Glen passed away at the Dawson Creek and District Hospital with family at his side.
Glen grew up on a farm in Upper Cutbank, British Columbia (south of Dawson Creek), with his parents Harvey and Hazel Bassett. He and his twin sister Glenda were the oldest in the family, followed by Teresa, Irene, Raymond, Leonard, and Cheryl. He drove a team of horses on a sled 2 1/2 miles to get his younger siblings to the local school, building a fire in the wood heater to warm the school up. He started grade 8 in Dawson Creek, but soon went home to help out and work in the family logging operations. Glen took over the farm when his mother and father separated.
In 1959, Glen became interested in a nearby farm girl, Eva Jerome. They married in July of 1960. She continued her teaching career while they raised three sons, Frank, Jesse, and Steve. Glen continued to expand the farm by buying neighbouring bush quarters then clearing, plowing, and haying them. By 1973 he was able to start ranching by buying 50 bred heifers and continued to increase his herd to over 200 by the early 2000s. He played a large role in the Bear Mountain Grazing Association and represented it in local and provincial meetings.
Glen continued his ranch life until Parkinsons’s left him unable to do all the work. He then sold out and retired to Dawson Creek. There he began activities at the local Senior Citizens Hall, along with bowling and playing card games with family and friends.
Glen leaves behind his wife Eva; sons Frank (Rhonda), Jesse, Steve (Michele); eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many other family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
A private family service was held at Reynars Funeral Chapel on Saturday, May 6, 2023. Pauline Haycock officiated, and the eulogy was read by his nephew Howard Bassett.
For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Glen to the Dawson Creek & District Hospital Foundation, 11100 - 13 Street, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, V1G 3W8.
Very Respectfully, Reynars Funeral Home and Crematorium