Jeff Bass

Date of Birth

August 8, 1947

Date of Death

March 5, 2015

Jeff Bass was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1947 and moved to LA at the same time as the Dodgers left Brooklyn. He was drafted into the Army in 1966, spending 15 months in Vietnam. He had a spinal cord injury from a surfing accident a few months after being discharged in 1968. With great family support, he earned a master’s degree in Educational Psychology, and moved to SB and worked at UCSB in 1979. He married Michele Britton in 1981, and raised two great kids, Leah and Marshall. Jeff worked as a Social Worker for over 30 years where he gained a reputation as the “go-to guy” for public benefits programs. Jeff volunteered in many non-profit organizations in SB. Jeff felt strongly about helping people and giving back to the community.

Jeff loved reading science fiction and history; he also loved collecting stamps and spent many happy hours among his philatelic binders and stamps and all things postal. In Jeff’s retirement he enjoyed taking classes at SBCC. His favorite subjects included: Criminal Justice, Rock and Roll, film, and PE.

Jeff is survived by his beloved wife, Michele, of over 30 years, his two children, Marshall and Leah, and his sister, Adrienne.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either of the following:
Independent Living Resource Center of Santa Barbara: Contributors can personalize donations in the comment section using the online donation link at or put Jeff’s name in the memo line if contributing by check.
Santa Barbara City College: Make checks out to SBCC Foundation, 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109, write “in memory of Jeff Bass” in the memo line on check, or donate online @ clicking on “donate” button, indicate amount, and designate Jeff Bass Memorial in the “specific instructions” box.


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