Thomas Lloyd Bascom passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on October 26, 2023 in Pocatello, Idaho. He was born August 31, 1953 in Artesia, CA to Billy Raymond Bascom and Eloise Oler Bascom. He was the second of 5 children. His childhood was spent in Apple Valley and Victorville, CA. He graduated from Victorville High School in 1972.
The most memorable years were when his dad bought and ran the Roy Rogers Riding Stables in Apple Valley from 1969 to 1978. He loved being a cowboy and his experience at the riding stables gave him lots of opportunity to learn how to manage a riding stable business, horses, harness a team to a wagon and drive a wagon, and to be a farrier. He even tried Bronc riding at least for one rodeo.
In May of 1973, he bought the Burro Ride at Calico Ghost Town. He often talked about his time at Calico and his most favorite claim to fame was during his time there. Disney Studios came and filmed the story of Dorsey, the Mail Carrying Dog. His dad's horses were rented to the studio to be used in the film. Tom was cast as the deputy so he could ride behind the inexperienced riders to get the horses moving in the "chase scene". He ran the Burro rides until November of 1974 when he had to close the business.
The following year in 1975, he met the love of his life Terri Westover, and they got married in August of that year. They moved to Idaho where their first two children were born, Shawn and Eryn. In 1978, they moved back to Apple Valley where Jennifer, Cody, Joel, Kara, Breanne and Raechel followed over the years.
In 1992, shortly after Raechel was born, they decided to go back to Aberdeen, Idaho where they remained for many years. In 1998, Marjarie completed the family. While in Aberdeen, Tom worked for Simplot for several years. Then he got his CDL and worked for Transystems as a driver until his retirement. In 2007, He moved to American Falls for a time and then to Pocatello.
He was 70 years old at the time of his passing. He is preceded in death by his parents Billy Bascom and Eloise Oler Bascom, his grandparents, many Aunts and Uncles, and a brother-in-law Bob Casady. He is survived by his siblings, Barbara (Bob) Casady, Richard Bascom, Jean (Allen) Fossat and Anita (Cary) Packer; Terri Westover Bascom, and his children Shawn (Tiffany) Bascom, Eryn (Roy) Phillips, Jennifer Bascom, Cody (Kelsey) Bascom, Joel (Mallarie) Bascom, Kara (Jared) Colucci, Breanne (Robert) Viles, Raechel (Jay) Lucero, and Marjarie (Steven) Henry. He is also survived by his 23 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on November 2 at 3:30 p.m. at the LDS chapel at 147 Bringhurst St, Chubbuck ID 83202.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornelisonfh.com
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