He was a graduate of Woodsboro High School and American Technological University.
Captain Basaldua served in the 118th Assault Helicopter Company known as the Thunderbirds in the Vietnam War. He earned numerous campaign awards including the Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, the Bronze Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, 46 Air Medals, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Army Aviation Badge Expert Rifle and Meritorious Service Medal.
He is preceded in death by his wife Eva Basaldua, Mother Reyes “Gracie” Perez, sister Andrea Lara, and brother Alfredo Romero.
Survivors include his two daughters Cynthia K. Black and Stacey M. Dunn; sisters Lucy Ballin, Dorothy Mann, Helen Melo, Rachel Ramirez; one brother, Adam Basaldua; grandchildren Eva Steger, James Tremble Jr.; and great grandchildren Kaecyn and Dretyn Tremble.
A rosary was recited Friday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home, in Refugio.
Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 10 a.m. at St. Teresa Catholic Church in Woodsboro.