University of Southern California
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Mike Bass Colon Cancer Research Fund

Benefiting the Research of Dr. Heinz-Josef Lenz at USC Norris

Mike Bass

In Celebration and Loving Memory of Our Beloved Mike Bass (June 19th, 1955 - January 1st, 2015)

Born to Si and Shirley Bass, Mike was the baby of the family. He had two older sisters, Dinah and Carolyn. The Bass Family was a military family, and Colorado, Washington State, and Hawaii were some of the places they called home.

Mike graduated High School in DuPont, Washington in 1973, and went on to further his education at Pacific Lutheran University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1977. He then transferred to Stanford University, where he was awarded both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in 1978.

Mike's first job out of college was as a Computer Programmer for Shell Oil in Texas. He was there for just two years. Working for a large corporation, so far from family, was not his cup of tea. His parents established Encinitas Coin & Jewelry in northern San Diego, California, while Mike was in Texas. The business was thriving... Mike relocated in 1980 to work hand-in-hand with his Dad at the family business. It was the perfect fit for Mike who grew up with a love for collecting coins.

Two months later Mike met his bride to be, Vicki Mason, on the dance floor of the Chicago Mining Company in Encinitas. Soon after in 1982, they married and bought Encinitas Coin & Jewelry from Mike's parents. He transformed the business to include vintage & estate jewelry and sterling silver hollowware and flatware. Mike and Vicki purchased their first and only home in Carlsbad in 1985 and welcomed their first son, Sean, the same year. Son Cory followed in 1987, and son Brian, in 1992.

Mike Bass

Mike loved his 34 years' work dealing with coins and beautiful jewels. He enjoyed interacting with the public and hearing the stories told by his customers. He saw his deepest desire come true by watching his three sons follow his legacy as the 3rd generation working at his beloved Encinitas Coin & Jewelry.

His most treasured times were spent with Vicki and their three boys. He traded his early passion for jet-skiing & waterskiing, into taking his sons snowboarding, to concerts, and watching sports with them. He was an avid sports fan: football, baseball, basketball, golf and tennis... he loved it all! The simple yet important things like sharing a meal with the ones he loved, after a long day at work were times Mike cherished most. A happy man with a big smile and an open heart. A friend to all he met. Mike, forever in our hearts!

Mike’s life was sadly cut short by Colorectal (Colon) Cancer- an aggressive, hard to treat cancer that is sadly the least funded of all Cancer Charities yet the number two killer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mike’s memory to USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center to further the important research work of Dr. Heinz-Josef Lenz. USC Norris helped Mike personally, and he volunteered his own body via clinical trials in search of a cure. His last selfless act was to donate his body to science.

Mike Bass

Dr. Heinz-Josef Lenz’s Research Laboratory's primary goal is to create novel treatments that will improve care for patients with Colorectal Cancer and advance science for a cure. Please join me to help fund research for Colorectal Cancer in search of a cure and to help extend the average life expectancy of Stage IV Colorectal Cancer patients, like my dear husband, by donating generously to the Mike Bass Colon Cancer Research Fund, at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center to support the work of Dr. Heinz-Josef Lenz.

THANK YOU, To All of our Family Friends and Loved Ones. We would like to express our sincerest gratitude for your prayers, love and support that has given us strength during this very difficult time.

Love, Vicki, Sean, Cory & Brian Bass.
The Bass, Mason and Scanlon Families, and our extended Family.

Make your donation using the button below. Be sure to click on the "Memorial or honorarium information" link on page two of the donation form and indicate your gift is in memory of "Mike Bass."

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If you would like to make your contribution by check or donor advised fund, please make the check payable to “USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center” and write “Mike Bass Colon Cancer Research Fund” in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to the following address with an accompanying cover letter that includes your full name, preferred mailing address and phone number, and the designation of the gift (Mike Bass Colon Cancer Research Fund):

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
1441 Eastlake Ave, Suite 8302
Los Angeles, CA 90089
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