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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95 responses to Thomas Christopher Basom

  1. Vanessa Poon says:

    Sending my heartfelt condolences to Trish and family. Wishing you peace and comfort as you remember Chris.

  2. Blessed to have known Chris. Thoughts and prayers to Deni, Conrad and family.

  3. I am devastated. Chris was not only my tax advisor but a very dear friend who I have known for decades. My love, best wishes, and prayers are with Trish, Conrad, and the family.

  4. Mark Verre says:

    You’ve got some big shoes to fill, Conrad, but knowing and listening to your Dad, I am sure you are up to the task. We are so blessed to have known him.

  5. Michael Cetinich says:

    This is a much belated expression of sympathy to the family of Chris Basom.
    I became friends with Chris Terese Fred and Marion in 1980 when we were all associated with the International Diamond Corporation based in Dan Rafael (Marin County).
    I have many fond memories of business meetings, client seminars and social events with the Basom Family…and when recently thinking about
    Fred and Chris…and coming upon Chris’ obituary…I was truly saddened to hear of his sudden heart attack and death.
    If anyone in the family wishes to contact me…my cell number is (415) 992-2504.
    I am living in Daly City (near San Francisco)…having retired in 2007.
    Once again…my sincere condolences to the family.
    Chris was a genuinely good and kind person…and I am pleased to have learned of his 30+ years of success in the financial planning industry.
    May he continue to go to the Light…and be at Peace with Ultimate Love!

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