Friends, family remember life of '73 Robert E. Lee grad

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Around 1 p.m. Thursday, Robert Dane Bass was sitting in his car at a red light where south Broadway meets Heritage in Tyler. He was rear-ended and killed just moments later by a speeding car.

Bass's widow in Plano. She says her husband was born and raised in Tyler, went to church there, and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School.

Now, friends, classmates, and family members reflect on the man they knew as "Dane."

Tim Quinn broke out the yearbook, the "1973 Lee Legend" and pointed out a familiar face in the crowd.

"My only memories of Dane were that of a really good guy that was always positive," said Quinn.

He says the last time he saw Dane was at his 30th high school reunion.

"[He was] still the same person [with a] great big smile," said Quinn. "[He was] just a super guy…Always did the right thing and pulled himself up by his boot straps…and had a great family and it's horrible he would have been taken this way."

A cross was left at the scene of the accident in the spot where Dane's car came to a stop.

Carrol Barrios works nearby and witnessed the wreck. She says her daughter placed the flowered cross, there after finding out the driver inside was from out of town.

"We wanted everyone to know that someone lost their life there," she said.

It is now the Colonial Hills Baptist Church parking lot, but friends of Dane Bass say he actually grew up in a home that used to sit where that parking lot sits today. Sadly, he died just a few hundred yards away at the intersection of Heritage and Broadway.

"Everyone knew where Dane lived because we drove by there all the time," said Robert Bailes, another classmate. "[He] always had a smile on his face and was always fun to be around…probably never hear an unkind word about him."

Dane's son, Cade Bass, spoke to us on the phone from Plano.

"[He was an] exemplary father," he said. "He was always there for me and my brother - just a really great person…great man of God…he was a giver."

We are told Dane was here on business in oil and gas sales. He had just had lunch when he was hit.

"You hate to see the world lose somebody for such an unnecessary reason," said Bailes.

Dane leaves behind a wife, son, and step-daughter. His oldest son died in a car accident while riding with a drunk driver.

Dane's funeral services are set for Sunday at 2 p.m. at Turrentine Jackson Morrow Funeral Home in Allen.

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