Philip T. Basher
1922 ~ 2012
Philip T. Basher passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2012 in his beloved Seattle, where he
was born July 8, 1922.
He grew up in the Green Lake District, graduated from Lincoln High School and entered the University of Washington
where he rowed on the Freshman Crew. In his sophomore year he attended George Washington University, joined Sigma Chi fraternity and was employed as a clerk at FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C.
Phil, a member of the Naval Reserve, was called to active duty under the Navy V-12 program on July 1, 1943. After attending the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and Midshipman School, he was commissioned an Ensign and saw duty in the South Pacific and the Philippines during World War II. Before going overseas he married the love of his life, Ingaletta Unmack, whom he met as a fellow employee at the FBI.
At the end of the war, Phil returned to Seattle and obtained a B.A. from the University of Washington where he also attended law school while working as a special employee at the Seattle FBI office. He became a Special Agent in 1948. With many assignments throughout the U.S. and at FBI headquarters, he retired in 1976 as Special Agent in Charge of the Seattle office. Phil then joined Loomis Armored Car as Vice President and Administrative Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer. In 1985-86 he was President of the National Armored Car Association. He retired from Loomis in 1986.
As a youth, Phil spent several summers at the Boy Scout camp, Camp Parsons on Hood Canal. It was there he discovered the joy of camping, trekking and mountaineering. He summitted many mountains in the Olympics and the Cascades, including Mount Rainer. With his daughter Barbara, he took a 30 day trek in Nepal to Everest Base Camp. With daughter Linda and grandson Jason, he took a month long camping trip throughout the interior of Alaska.
Phil was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Ingaletta. Through their life together they took pleasure in building several outstanding homes. Together they enjoyed trips throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Besides many picnics, hiking and camping trips with family, Phil and Ingaletta enjoyed the game of golf and were longtime members of the Inglewood Golf Club. Phil is survived by his daughters Barbara (Jonathan) and Linda and his grandsons, Kenneth, Donald and Jason (Lucy).
There will be no services. Donations may be made to The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.