Irvin was born on March 8, 1934 in Afton, Wyoming. He passed away on March 19, 2019 in his Springville, Utah home surrounded by his wife and family.
Irvin married the love of his life, Nel Lo Hepworth Bassett on August 25, 1960 in the Idaho Falls Temple. He loved, supported, and accompanied Nel Lo in all that she wanted to do in life. He encouraged her in her genealogical research and volunteer service.
Together, Irvin and Nel Lo had five children and one foster child: Collette Cook (Val), Gene Bassett (Janna), Robin Bassett (Miang), Ellen Riggi (Bryan), Susan Bassett (1970-2001), LaVerne Crocker (Keith 1955-2017). They have 24 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Irvin graduated from Star Valley High School. He attended the University of Wyoming, where he got his Bachelor’s Degree. He got his Master’s Degree in Physics from Brigham Young University, where he was employed in the physics department. His work included maintaining lab equipment, planetarium duties, and working alongside Harvey Fletcher on his acoustical research.
Irvin gained a strong testimony of the church at a young age. He served in the French Mission, where he learned the French language and spoke it frequently in his life. He had several callings in the church throughout his life, including clerk, bishop, cub scout and scout leader, and many more. He loved to travel. Whether it be by bicycle, car, motor home, truck, or motorcycle, he loved seeing the world. He also had a great love for music. Throughout his life, he enjoyed performing in dance bands, both in school and in the community, and singing in groups.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Springville Stake Center 245 South 600 East, Springville, UT. Viewings will he held on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 6-8 PM at Wheeler Mortuary 211 East 200 South, Springville, UT and Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 9:45-10:45 AM at the Springville Stake Center.