Alexander Davis Bache of La Canada Flintridge died by misadventure June 15, 2021. Born in 1995, in Arcadia, California, he spent his earliest years in Pasadena before moving with his family to La Canada in 1997. At La Canada High School he participated in men’s ensemble, theater and debate and was a standout wrestler at 182 lbs for a league championship team, earning the team MVP award his senior year. He graduated in 2014.
His tight group of friends will remember a thoughtful grandiose peer. He was an avid and prodigious reader and media critic. Their group endured many mental health challenges and worked as best they knew how to support each other.
During the summer of 2012, he, his siblings and their father, bicycled from Astoria, OR east to Lavallette, NJ across the United States. As the only family member under the age of 18, he did not have a choice in his participation.
After LCHS, he matriculated at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. A novice oarsman, he advanced to the Varsity boat in the spring of his freshman year posting the third highest two thousand meter erg score for a freshman in school history. A misunderstanding with his professor cut short his participation during his sophomore year, leading to depression and a need to leave school. In pursuit of a career in education he earned an AA at Pasadena City College in 2020. At the time of his death he was attending the University of La Verne. He was proud of the legacy he was building as an atypical sojourn of our academic systems, proud that he had both failed and tried anew.
He returned to La Canada and served as an assistant wrestling coach at LCHS supervising the JV and girls squad for three seasons. After which he coached the JV and girls team at Los Osos High School. He was a dedicated and thoughtful teacher.
As the youngest of four, he was often a reluctant passenger on many trips. He traveled to the Baltic states at the age of 6 months and later visited Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Greece, Austria, Ukraine, Australia, Singapore, and Cambodia. He spent 4 months in Edinburgh, Scotland, assisting with Open Book Poetry and Augustine United Church spiritual education.
He was very active in the La Verne Church of the Brethren, especially when asked to help. Summers he served as lifeguard and camp manager at Camp La Verne near Jenks Lake in the San Bernardino mountains and deeply enjoyed his friendships and time spent with people there.
He is survived by his parents, Sara Davis of La Canada and Stephen Bache of Portland, OR, and sister Kathryn and her husband Christopher Lotz of San Francisco and their three children, Theodore, Arden, and Iris, sister Elizabeth and her husband Jonathan Bay of Long Beach, CA and his brother Christopher Bache of La Canada.
A memorial service for Alexander Bache will be held at the La Verne Church of the Brethren on November 30, 2021 at 3pm.