James David Basye (Jim) died unexpectedly in early February 2022. He was 67. Jim grew up in Rochester NY and graduated from Brighton High School. Jim was a high school swimmer and wrestler. As a Boy Scout Jim achieved the rank of Life Scout. He attended Lehigh University but transferred and graduated with a BA from the University of Northern Colorado majoring in Communications and Psychology.
For a few years after college Jim lived in Lander, Wyoming where he was a DJ for the local radio station. While in Lander, he fulfilled his life-long dream of earning his private pilot’s license.
As a young man Jim was an excellent skier, loved to bike ride and prided himself on being a pretty good cook. When Jim decided to move to Denver, he began training for a series of securities licenses for selling insurance and other investment products. This became his life’s work.
Jim’s insatiable curiosity for learning, his love of fine art and music would last a lifetime. He never missed the major exhibits at the Denver Art Museum and other museums around the country. He also became interested in Asian culture, meditation and religions, which led him to study and practice Karate.
Jim loved all things related to aviation. His knowledge of vintage WWII military planes, space exploration, the planets, the International Space Station, Star Wars and Star Trek were some of his favorite topics to discuss with like-minded friends.
He was an avid reader and especially enjoyed spy thrillers, science fiction and futuristic novels. He loved to discuss books and politics. He listened and learned from C-Span to keep up with unbiased news, books and authors. He learned and practiced investment strategies whenever time allowed. His favorite TV program was CBS Sunday Morning.
Jim is survived by sisters Joan Basye Jordan (Mark) of VA , Anne Basye-Harris (Rich) of CO, his step-brother Grant Fish of Rochester, NY and will be missed by his nieces Kym, Heather, Bethany, Lizzy and his nephew Alex.
On Wednesday August 17, at 11:15 AM, the family will gather at White Haven Cemetery in Pittsford, NY where Jim’s ashes will be interned at the Nature Walk.