Basil LaVern Bryant
Basil LaVern Bryant passed away at home in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada on March 13, 2012 at the age of 73.
Basil was born in 1938 to Basil and Mildred (Jubb) Bryant, in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He served in the U.S. Navy prior to following his parents to Alaska and homesteading in Houston in the 1950s. Basil worked in the construction trade and building airplanes before trying his hand at prospecting for gold in Alaska. In 1972, Basil ventured to the Klondike, where he spent the next four decades mining around Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada.
Basil’s passion in life was his work. In the workplace, it could be said that he hid an iron fist in a velvet glove and that he made moving the earth an art form. He enjoyed his solitude, but always had time to reminisce. In later years he took up golf as his second interest in life.
Basil is survived by three daughters: Brandy Farrell (Rick) of Anchorage, Lydia Cortes (Danny) of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and Alexandria Bryant of Whitehorse; granddaughters Gabrielle and Victoria Cortes of Halifax; his brother Leonard Bryant (Sigrid) of Mesa, Arizona; his sister Jackie Newman of Ogden, Utah; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his infant sister Barbara and his brother, Joe.