David Allen Bass (1968-2021)

On Sunday evening, July 11th, 2021, at the age of 53, David Allen Bass of Kyle Texas, passed away unexpectedly following a chronic onset of anemia.  Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on the 29th of May 1968 to Mary Ellen and Donald Douglas Bass, David was one of four children. David will be remembered as a truly loyal friend, and for his love of cats and his annual crawfish boils. 

Following graduation from Ruston high school in Ruston, Louisiana, he enrolled and then graduated from Louisiana Tech with his undergraduate degree. From there he came to Texas and worked building ropes courses used for experiential education, which involved travel to other areas of the nation, including time spent working in Ohio. He went on to complete his master’s degree in biology from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.  Following graduation, David moved to Kyle, Texas and secured a career with the Lower Colorado River Authority in Austin where he served as an Aquatic Scientist protecting the Colorado River, its reservoirs, and tributaries for over 20 years. He was a well-respected expert in the field of water quality data collection and analysis, and aquatic systems management. He worked closely with other scientists and agencies to develop aquatic assessment tools for statewide evaluations. Professional affiliations included the Texas Aquatic Plant Management Society, where he held multiple offices and participated in state and local conferences and training events; and he was a mentor to many students at Texas State University. 

David was a naturalist and loved hunting and being outside. He had a penchant for British humor and television shows. He was known for his yearly crawfish boils and “Gumbo Days” at the office. His gumbo was so well enjoyed that he would take special orders and even make home deliveries to his friends and coworkers. David was a world traveler having visited Bahrain, Australia, and Scotland. He was a loyal friend and would help anyone, anytime – personally or professionally.

David was preceded in death by Jennifer, his sister, in 1967 and by his mother, Mary, in 2002.  

David leaves behind a legacy of hard work and dear friends and family. He is survived by his father Donald Douglas Bass, his sisters Laurie Elizabeth Bass, and Kathleen Melise Blankenship and her wife Samantha. He will also be missed by his niece Brook Evans and nephew Jacob Evans, and his beloved cats, Sybil and Basil. 

Please join David’s family to celebrate his remarkable life and spread his ashes at Lake Travis – a place he loved and spent so much time working, protecting, and enjoying. The celebration date and place will be announced soon. Please check back to this website or register to receive electronic notifications from Harrell Funeral Home about David’s services. 

Please keep David’s family and friends in your prayers as they heal from their sudden loss. 

Please visit https://www.harrellfuneralhomes.com/obituary/594074/david-allen-bass/ to share a fond memory, photograph, or condolence with David’s family on his On-line memorial site.

Funeral assistance provided by Harrell Funeral Home 1715 Kirby, Kyle, TX 78640 (512) 268-8200

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