Lloyd David Baskett(1956 - 2013)

   Lloyd David Baskett (known as "Dave") passed away unexpectantly in his sleep on December 8th, 2013 in Hayward, CA at the age of 57.
He was born in Stockton to Dr. L. Dale and Hazel Baskett on December 1st, 1956. He is survived by his wife of 16 years Michele Baskett who resides in Modesto and has two siblings IdaMae Egbert of Glendora, CA. and Leslie Baskett of Modesto. He has four children Lance, Chris, Noelle and Kathryn Baskett and two stepchildren Dean Taylor, Colette Wilkins, and 12 grandchildren. He also leaves behind many other relatives.
   Dave went to military school all his life and graduated from Brentwood Military Academy. After High School he joined the Army and gained the ranks of Corporal, when he arrived home he went to Sierra College for Mechanic Technician. Along the way he changed careers and went to Western Pacific for truck driver training.
   Dave truly loved truck driving and had several jobs for trucking companies throughout the valley. His last employment was Zac's Transport, where he became a part of their family. He was described as the third leg of their company. He always gave 120%, and he always said, "How could I help". No matter what, Dave always showed up with no questions asked. Although, living in various places, California is what he called home and resided in Modesto with his wife Michele.
   Dave loved Nascar, going to garage sales, golfing, classic cars and was an active part in his kids and grandkids lives. One of Dave's biggest accomplishments was being a loving husband, father and grandfather to all his children, stepchildren, and grandchildren.
  Dave was known as the tickle monster of the family. He had an impeccable memory, loved classic rock, antiques, Victorian homes and was known to tell a joke or two. He always gave the best bear hugs imaginable. Dave had various life long friends and anyone who knew him instantly felt connected to him because he was always so generous with his time and would do anything for them even for a stranger, he never new how to say No.
Brother of mine I'm going to miss you everyday its hard to believe I'm never going to hear you call me "Sis" again you meant the world to me.
Dave was an extremely loyal and loving husband to Michele and he always had her back no matter what.
"Dad, I don't understand why you had to leave us so soon, right when our lives were beginning to blossom. You will be by my side walking me down the aisle in August and holding all our hearts until we meet again. The love we kids felt for you will never ever be able to be replaced and you will be forever in our hearts and thoughts. You were the missing piece of our lives growing up and we are so honored and proud to hold the Baskett name and call you our Dad. Since we first arrived in California you gave us nothing but love and support we knew we could call you for anything. It gives us great joy to know that you are proud of our accomplishments, before leaving this life and us. You will never be forgotten."
Viewing and Services will be held at Franklin and Downs Funeral Home on G and 12th street, Modesto on Thursday December 19, 2013. Viewing time from 4:00-5:00p.m. with services beginning at 5:00p.m.
Graveside service is scheduled for Friday December 20, 2013 at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery at 12:30 p.m.


Funeral Home

Franklin & Downs Funeral Home
1050 McHenry Avenue Modesto, CA 95350
(209) 529-5723

Published in the Modesto Bee on Dec. 18, 2013