October 1, 1955 – September 27, 2018 Basil passed away at the age of 62 following a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his wife, Debbie and children, Alex and Christy at his home in Nipomo, California. Basil was born in Long Beach, New York to Polyxeni Fthenakis and Emanuel John Fthenakis. The family, including Basil’s older brother John moved to Los Altos, California in 1962. Basil earned a B.A. in economics from UC Davis in 1976 and a J.D. degree from Santa Clara University Law School in 1979. He practiced and specialized in commercial litigation in Silicon Valley for twenty years, and then transitioned into technology related corporate work as a sole practitioner. Basil and Debbie met at Central Peninsula Church in Foster City and were married in 1984, eventually settling in Mountain View where they raised their two children, Alex and Christy. Basil and Debbie made Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto their spiritual home for over thirty years. Basil had a passion for studying God’s word and teaching and mentoring others.
As retirement neared in 2016, Basil and Debbie moved to Nipomo, on the Central Coast of California where they found community at Grace Bible Church in nearby Arroyo Grande. Basil continued studying and teaching the scriptures. His transition to retirement included camping, golf lessons, and mentoring students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He also enjoyed traveling with Debbie to visit Alex in Scotland and Christy in Oregon and found joy in their independent, creative spirits. Basil is survived by his wife, Debbie, son Alex, daughter Christy, stepmother Hermione Fthenakis, niece Lisa Fthenakis, nephew Michael Fthenakis and their mother, Sue Fthenakis. He is predeceased by his mother Polyxeni Fthenakis, father Emanuel Fthenakis, brother John Fthenakis, uncle Mike Makarounis and aunt Elaine Makarounis. Memorial donations can be made to any of the following: YoungLife –CA 20 (South Peninsula) 4154 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto CA 94303 giving.younglife.org YoungLife – CA 487 (San Luis Obispo) 954 Tarragon Ln. San Luis Obispo CA 94301 International Justice Mission P.O. Box 96961 Washington DC 20090 ijm.org Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) 1500 Rosecrans Ave. Ste 200 Manhattan Beach CA 90266 pancan.org