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James Theodore Bashor


1931 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
James Theodore Bashor Obituary
August 25, 1931 - January 25, 2018 James "Jim" Theodore Bashor, 86, was born August 25, 1931 in Covina, California, to the late Orin Paul Bashor and Edith M. Hay. Jim passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018, with his wife Dianne by his side from complications related to COPD. He died peacefully and without pain. Having moved to San Diego, Jim graduated from Hoover High School. He later joined the Army and was part of the Berlin Airlift. Jim's commitment to the military continued throughout his life. He actively supported the Military Day Parade and the USS Midway. His lifelong patriotism culminated with one of San Diego Zoo's largest gifts providing support for the Zoo's Wounded Warrior Project and free admission in perpetuity for active members of the military and their families. After being honorably discharged from the military, Jim decided he needed to earn his college degree. Having watched numerous football games at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Jim decided to attend University of Southern California where he graduated with a Master's degree in Business Administration. USC also became one of Jim's favorite charitable endeavors. Business career opportunities led Jim back to San Diego. At the same time, Jim met the love of his life, Dianne, on a blind date. They married the following year and were married for 49 years. Long known for his positive outlook, sense of humor and passion for living, Jim always included his friends in travel and sporting events. Having won a part in the show "Mama Mia" on Broadway, Jim took several of his friends to New York to watch his performance on Broadway. After watching the show, all agreed Jim should stick with his business endeavors in San Diego. Jim loved sports. If it was skiing in Aspen, attending USC football games or watching his horse win, each event brought great joy to Jim. One of his great thrills came in 2016 when his horse Danzing Candy led the Kentucky Derby for most of the race. Jim will always be remembered as a loving husband, a man of honor and a generous friend. A viewing will be held from 4:00PM to 8:00PM on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Salli Lynn Chapel of Greenwood Mortuary, 4300 Imperial Ave., San Diego, CA. Jim's funeral service will be at 1:30 PM on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at The Village Community Presbyterian Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA, with his committal service to follow at Greenwood Memorial Park. ln lieu of flowers, Dianne would be honored by a gift to UCLA Department of Head and Neck Surgery or Father Joe's Villages.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 2 to Feb. 15, 2018
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