Rev. Clarence M. Bassett died peacefully at his home in Austin, Texas, on Jan. 29, 2013. He was born in Greenville, Texas, on June 14, 1921, and grew up in Amarillo, Texas.
In June 1941, Clarence met his beloved future wife Katherine Myers at a Presbyterian youth conference. They both later graduated from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Clarence went on to graduate from the Union Presbyterian Seminary and Katherine from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in 1946. They married on Sept. 4 and served a year at a church in Nederland, Texas. In 1947, they went to work in Mexico, where Katherine grew up, for the Presbyterian Mission. They served in Mexico until 1971. They then served together at Faith Presbyterian Church in Brownsville, Texas, from 1972 to 1981 and El Buen Pastor Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas, from 1981 to 1986.
After his retirement, Clarence continued to serve his former church and his community in many ways. He was strong in his faith and dedicated his life to service. He saw the value and good in everyone he met and was always ready and willing to extend a helping hand to those in need.
Clarence was preceded in death by his wife Katherine and brother James Bassett.
He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Betty Bassett of Uvalde, Texas; his sister-in-law, Mary Bassett of College Station, Texas; six children; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, many nephews and nieces and other extended family.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Genesis Presbyterian Church, 1507 Wilshire Blvd., Austin, Texas 78722.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Trinity Child Development Center, 5801 Westminster Dr., Austin, Texas 78723, the Presbyterian Mission Agency, 100 Witherspoon St., Louisville, Kentucky 40202 or the