Capt. Malcolm “Gene” Bass, 73, died Jan. 20, 2014, surrounded by family at Hospice of East Texas.
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Capt. Malcolm “Gene” Bass
He was born Dec. 20, 1940, to Malcolm and Ruby Bass. He was married to his wife for 25 years. He served his country by joining the Navy in August 1968, and retired in April of 1997 as a captain in the Navy Supply Corps after 29 years of service. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Louisiana Tech University, where he was a member of the state champion tennis team. He also received his master’s degree in psychology from University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and received his master of business administration from the University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas. He was working on his Ph.D. in counseling from University of North Texas. His career began as a real estate investment/management instructor, performing business appraisals and consulting services within the Dallas and Fort Worth area. He conducted education and training seminars for federal and state agencies. He then moved on to honor his entrepreneurial spirit by owning several businesses and finally retired after seven years as owner of Stem to Stern Home Inspections. He gave back to his community by being involved in the following clubs: president for two years of Yantis Lake Fork Lions Club; a co-pilot of the Quitman Pilot Club; and a member of the Lake Fork Sportsman’s Association, and Quitman United Methodist Church. He was teacher, advisor and mentor to his family, lovingly giving guidance to his family and friends without expecting anything in return. His wife, an aunt, two sons, three daughters, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren survive him.