Govert Loockerman Bassett, who was known to all of his friends as Sandy, age 94, passed away on November 29, 2022 at his home in Legacy Village in Sugarhouse, Utah from old age. He is preceded in death by beloved wife Caroline Wroe Bassett, his brother Charles Andrew Loockerman Bassett, MD (Cal), his mother Vesta Loockerman Bassett, his father Harold Bassett, and his grandson Kyle Emerson Bassett.
Sandy was born November 7, 1928 in the small town of Crisfield, MD along the Chesapeake Bay. After graduating from Crisfield High School and having a short stint at Hill Boarding School in Pottstown, PA he attended the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. After serving in the US Navy he held jobs with Pratt and Whitney, Honeywell, Amphenol, Etri, Osteodyne, and finally AWI. His career took him to many places in the world including the UK, France, Italy, Greece and Japan as well as nearly every state in the US.
Sandy met his wife Carol in 1952 and after a brief time they were married on his birthday in 1953. Sandy and Carol had three boys, Govert Loockerman II (Tad), Dana Wroe, and Joel Breckenridge. Sandy is survived by his three boys, his sister-in-law Nancy, Tad’s wife Cindy, Dana’s wife Le Thu, Joel’s partner Marky, granddaughter Allison, her husband John, cousin Jane and several nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews.
Sandy was accomplished at many things. He loved skiing which he took up at the young age of 69. Like everything else he tried he put his full effort into the sport, soon taking up the new parabolic skis. He kept up skiing for another 18 years. He was a pilot, first flying navy planes, then taking a very long sabbatical only to take it up again with sail planes when he was well into his 50’s. He would spend many hours working to get the outer surface of his sail plane as frictionless as possible to ensure that it would slip through the air with the minimum of resistance. Then he would go to competitions, dragging Carol along in order to have someone to come find him when the lift ran out – typically in some farmer’s field well off the beaten track. He remodeled houses, built model rockets and model airplanes, collected baskets full of starfish while snorkeling, and was pretty fearless when trying something new. When Carol got pancreatic cancer, he became her care giver right to the end.
Sandy was always kind to others and always polite. He was always ready to help anyone in any way he could and everyone who knew him would always comment on how much fun it was to be around him and know him.
Sandy’s family would like to thank the staff of both Legacy Village of Sugarhouse and Enhabit Home Health and Hospice for the fantastic care they provided for Sandy during the last 4 years of his life. They treated him with dignity, compassion, friendship and they eased his passing on to the other side.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Sandy and Carol’s name to the Huntsman Cancer Institute. A celebration of life for Sandy will be held at a future date. Details can be found at this website when they become available.