Donald Basye

Donald Arthur Basye

April 12th, 1931 - July 8th, 2019
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Don Basye, 88, of Watertown, passed away Monday, July 8, 2019.

Celebration of Don's Life, funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., with visitation starting at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Watertown Christian Church, Watertown with Pastor Gerald Volk officiating. Nancy Maynard will be the pianist.

Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Watertown.

Pallbearers will be Doug Basye, Dan Basye, Jon Prosise, Tyler Basye and Dane Basye.

Donald Arthur Basye was born April 12, 1931 in Milwaukee, WI to Donald Sinclair and Christine Birgette (Hefte) Basye. The family moved to Arlington, SD when Don was very young. He grew up in Arlington and graduated from Arlington High School. Don also graduated from Dakota Bible College and after graduation he ministered in Kingsford, MI. On a revival Don met Joan Isabelle Fowler and the couple married September 2, 1955 in Cummings, KS.

Don enjoyed his career as a minister throughout the Midwest for over 40 years. After retiring from the ministry he became an over the road trucker for nearly 20 years, before retiring at the age of 81.

Joan passed away on July 17, 2017 after 61 years of marriage.

Don’s hobbies were learning history, walking, yard and wood work, and watching various sports. He also enjoyed bible study and visiting with friends.

Don is survived by his four children, Douglas and Barbara both Watertown, Linda (Jon) Prosise of Columbia, TN and Daniel (Betsey) Basye of Watertown; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his sister, Twyla; and his daughter-in-law, Janet.

Don will be remembered for his passion for the Lord, the church and talking to others about God’s love!

Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown, SD
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday July 13th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday July 13th, 2019 2:00pm
    Watertown Christian Church
    201 Golf Course Road
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    201 Golf Course Rd (towards Derby Downs) Watertown, SD 57201
    Pastor Gerald Volk
  • Interment

    Mount Hope Cemetery
    1133 11th St. NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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  • Reception

    Watertown Christian Church
    201 Golf Course Road
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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Barbara Lively

Posted at 07:23pm
I am so sorry for your loss. It's tough when you lose a parent and even more so when you have lost them both. With love and sympathy.
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Posted at 10:04pm
From his children. Love you dad.
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Posted at 01:00pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Mary Hritz

Posted at 10:49am
I had the pleasure of knowing Don Basye while working for the Public Opinion. Don and i had a lot of conversations while waiting for our papers in the parking lot. He was a very knowledgeable and sincere gentleman. We had many conversations about our final destiny in life. He was an inspiration and breath of fresh air in our missions of life. Rest in peace dear friend and co-worker. See you on the other side. Your family is lucky to have such a great person in their lives! MARY HRITZ

Miranda Cain

Posted at 10:54am
Tyler Basye (Don's eldest grandson and my fiance) and I were just having a conversation the other night about how he believes Grandma Joan really liked me. That she would be happy that we're finally to get married, and that maybe she saw a little of herself in me because according to Tyler, "she was a spitfire and so are you" (insert a big mischevious Basye grin here).

We lost Grandpa Don after some really tough months following a bad car accident. When we told him we were engaged, he told us not to wait to get married. I don't know if that's the Pastor in him, or if he knew 2020 would be a stretch.

We went through a similar experience with Grandma Joan nearly 2 years ago to the day.

I'm really sad to see them go. To lose their smiles, hugs, and loves they graciously gave me even when I wasn't "officially" part of the family. I'm thankful for the grandson they helped raise and created so many silly memories with. I'm looking forward to lots of hugs, sad smiles, and goofy stories with the Basye family this week. And I'm really proud to soon take the last name of some of the most genuine and God-fearing people I've ever met.

Love you guys.

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