Thomas Christopher Basom

Thomas Christopher Basom

June 07, 1959 - December 06, 2021

Thomas Christopher Basom

June 07, 1959 - December 06, 2021


Thomas Christopher Basom

Taken from us too soon, Thomas Christopher Basom, aka Chris Basom, passed away Monday evening, December 6th of a sudden heart attack at the age of 62. He will be deeply missed by so many, as his positive impact on others and the community was widespread.

This comes as a shock to all who knew him, as Chris was so full of love and life. He made friends everywhere he went with his positively contagious attitude and his unique way of making you feel special, seen, and supported. Chris lived his life on purpose, with the intention to Be Kind. Those who knew him best enjoyed his strong personality, brilliant mind, silly sense of humor, his sensitive, compassionate heart, and his never-ending support and words of wisdom.

Born in Ypsilanti, Michigan to Fred and Marian Basom on June 7th, 1959, Chris grew up in a large family of 7 children. He excelled at school and took pride in being Student Body President at Loara High School, which contributed to his love of healthy debate. A problem solver and numbers guy, his tax and financial planning business of over 30 years served countless people in the community with humor and kindness as they navigated their financial journey.  Being a good father and a loyal husband was his top priority and he always made himself available to process through life’s ups and downs with those he cherished. His passion for soccer and being with his children led to volunteering with the AYSO for over 20 years as a coach, referee and on the Board. In his spare time, Chris enjoyed building Lego and passed along that Lego enthusiasm to his grandchildren. He was a true humanitarian to the end, as an organ donor he will help hundreds of people.

Survived by his wife Trish Elliott, his children Denielle Basom, Conrad Basom and Kelly Ritchie, his grandchildren Blair, Declan, Avery and Hudson, his siblings De Anne, Terese, Jonathan and Joseph, along with cousins, aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers, we invite you to support two of Chris’ passions —

Soccer and Lego:

The AYSO Playership Fund at

The Giving Brick at

Memorial Service

  • Date & Time: December 20, 2021 (2:00 PM)
  • Venue: O'Connor Mortuary
  • Location: 25301 Alicia Parkway Laguna Hills, CA 92653 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 581-4300

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94 responses to Thomas Christopher Basom

  1. Tara Neja says:

    My heart broke when I heard the news of Chris passing. He was always so exuberant and full of life. He had a personality like no other. From the lego collection to his tie collection and everything in between he found a way to make life fun. He has been a mentor to me for many years. He gave me courage to start my own business almost six years ago. He believed in me. I’m sure there are so many that he has done the same for. He was just like that. He genuinely cared about people. Chris will be missed and never forgotten. He made a difference in this world. I am glad I had the opportunity to know him.
    To Trish, Conrad, Terese, YTM family, and the rest of the family- you have all been in my thoughts and prayers daily. I do not have the words to express my deep sorrow and empathy for the loss you are going through. Just know I am here if there is anything you need.

  2. Thomas Weinum: Goodbye and God bless you and your Family Old Friend. We have a lot in common and will cherish thoser memories. Again God bless and hold you.

  3. Toni kelly says:

    Chris was a great man and will be missed by all those who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this time.

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