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 John Mark Bassir

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John Mark Bassir

  • Birth 25 Jan 1967 San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
  • Death 6 Jan 2007 Hillsboro, Washington County, Oregon, USA
  • Burial Hillsboro, Washington County, Oregon, USA
  • Memorial ID 21090403

John is the first of two children born to Mark (Mohammad) Bassir and Martha "Jane" Keeney. He was raised by his mother and step father, James David Person, on a farm near Cherry Grove, Oregon. He graduated from Gaston High School and earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and photography from Portland State University, a master's degree in pharmaceutical research from Wake Forest University, and an associate degree in management from Portland Community College.
John worked at Oregon Health Sciences University for 20 years. He was a union shop steward for AFSME at OHSU and was a member of the American Chemical Society. He photographed the first cloning of a monkey at the OHSU Primate Center.

John enjoyed camping, gardening and helping on the family farm. He planted many iris bulbs and pine trees at the farm. He often gathered and collected large rocks for his yard in Hillsboro. John rarely went anywhere without a can or a two liter bottle of diet Pepsi. He also enjoyed and excelled in photography. He did both artistic and scientific. His photos were published in Time magazine of the first cloning of a monkey. He also did photos for friends and family weddings. John was a very caring person and was always willing to go out of his way to help family and friends.

On Oct. 22, 2005, he married Tami Neulieb in Lake Oswego, Oregon. His son, Ian Shawn, was born May 31, 2007, four months after John passed away.

John is my older half brother. He took his own life, but it most certainly was not his choice or decision. Within the few months that led up to that horrible day, he became consumed by an illness that took over his thoughts. John was loved by many who tried to help him and prayed for him. I am certain that John fought all that he could but the illness was too strong. He is now greatly missed.

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  • Maintained by: Jim P
  • Originally Created by: Tracy Turner
  • Added: 22 Aug 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21090403
  • Jim P
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Mark Bassir (25 Jan 1967–6 Jan 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21090403, citing Fir Lawn Cemetery, Hillsboro, Washington County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Jim P (contributor 47103099) .