Frederick “Ted” Basque was born June 28, 1935, and was raised in Suffolk, Va. Ted attended Augusta Military Academy, upon graduation his family moved to Lodi, Calif., and Ted enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served as a navigator for B-57 bombers.
In 1962, Ted met the love of his life Marcia; he swept her off her feet with his dashing good looks, charm, wit and snazzy car. They were married on Dec. 16, 1962. They welcomed their only child Bob in 1963.
The family settled in the Sacramento area where Ted worked for the aerospace industry. Ted quickly rose through the ranks to positions of increasing responsibility.Ted ended his career as the quality manager for OEA Aerospace in Fairfield, Calif. Much to the chagrin of colleagues, Ted retired in 1999.
In retirement Ted devoted himself to his darling Marcia, his beloved dogs, his home and a new found love of RVing. Through the RV community he met many friends. Ted and Marcia moved from California to Oregon and recently to Arizona. He and Marcia celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2012.
Ted is remembered as having a dry wit, a slow drawl, a devotion to family, dedication to animals and a desire to have everything in its place. Ted was truly one-of-a-kind and irreplaceable. He is survived by his wife, Marcia; son, Bob; brother, Mike; sisters, Kathy, and Cheri; niece, Cristin; and grand-niece Fiona.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be sent to SmallPawsRescue.org.