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Dec, 2021

Thomas Christopher Basom - Coach/Board Member passed away

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

Please join us as we celebrate and remember his life.  Truly, a life well lived. 

Monday December 20, 2021

2:00pm Pacific


O’Connor Mortuary

25301 Alicia Parkway

Laguna Hills, CA


Because Chris had a broad impact on the community through his business, charitable work and friendships, we do anticipate a very large attendance.  With limited seating in the mortuary, please plan accordingly or join us online if you prefer.  The link below will be active early and cameras will turn on 5 minutes before the service begins.  

Webcast link:

Email/Event ID:  [email protected]

Event Password: 277UGL


We encourage you to share your stories at the service or sign the electronic “guestbook” below the obituary here:

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