Thomas Carter Bache III

June 8, 1972March 15, 2021

Age 48, left this world as he slept peacefully in the early morning of March 15, 2021.

Born on June 8, 1972 in San Diego; where he spent most of his life. Tom was proud of his decade of service in the Marine Corps, including leading an infantry squad in the invasion and rapid victory in the 2003 Iraq War. He was a champion distance runner when at University of San Diego High School (San Diego CIF champion in cross-country and track and school record holder), and he was inducted into the University HS/Cathedral Catholic HS Athletic Hall of Fame. He became a pillar of the San Diego running community as a master-level USTAF official, training partner, mentor, and inspiring competitor (he ran a 2:42 marathon at age 47 and finished high in several mountainous ultra-marathons). He officiated at countless meets at levels from high school to international. He competed for San Diego Track Club (SDTC) and served as a SDTC and USTAF Board Member and Officer.

Tom had a gift for making, keeping, and inspiring friends. He organized and led numerous mountain runs and backpacking adventures. His friendly presence enriched countless lives, and he will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his parents, Lolitia B. Bache and Thomas Carter Bache, Jr (Ann Kerr) and their son, David; sister, Kristin Markowicz (John) and their children, John, Joseph, James, and Jane; sister, Stephanie Bache (Mark Simon) and their daughter, Marlo.

A funeral mass will be held at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene (1945 Illion Street, San Diego, CA 92110) May 1, 2021 at 1:30pm.


1 May

Funeral Service

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Church of St. Mary Magdalene

1945 Illion Street
San Diego, CA 92110


Thomas Carter Bache III

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Donna Gookin

March 27, 2021

Tom always had a smile and word of encouragement when I would see him.
He did a lot to keep the Balboa park 8 mile going with his new route that helped bypass dog park and still see the good parts of the park.

I am so glad to have known him and his parents for many years!

Kendahl Romero

March 24, 2021

I knew Tom from SDTC. He was such a friendly and talented person. I am saddened by his passing and send all my healing energy, love and prayers to his family. He was a gift to this lifetime. I hope for his family, some of their pain is alleviated in knowing he was a light of positivity, inspiration and happiness for others.

Joaeph & gail Markowicz

March 20, 2021

Mr. & Mrs. John Markowicz, we are very sorry to hear about the loss of your brother, Thomas. The Lord must have had a need for a good, strong, young man. You are all in our prays. ALL OUR LOVE Aunt Gail & Uncle Joey

Ellen Turkel

March 20, 2021

Tommy was always with a smile and and an aura of positive energy. He freely shared his passionate spirit with family, friends, and the entire running community, which he serviced joyfully.

I remember congratulating him at a all comers track meet 2 years ago on his race and his reply was ' My sister Kristy is one with the real talent. ' That was Tommy, humble, kind and thoughtful.

Tommy is missed by so many. I hope we can all remember him with loving, joyfully passion and energy.

Will Ellison

March 20, 2021

Tom was one of the first people I met when I moved to San Diego. We met at a race of course, he told me about the SDTC and scheduled workouts. Ran lots of good miles with Tom and had a lot of fun along the way. A solid guy and a good friend. This one is tough and will hurt for a while.

Tonie Campbell

March 20, 2021

The track and field community have loss far too many too soon this past year. When Arnie (Robinson), Rafer (Johnson), actor/shot putter Tiny Lister and Olympian Willie Smith (400m) passed, I said to my fellow track family that God must be putting on one heck of a track meet in heaven. With Tom’s passing, I’m more certain of this now. God’s going to get the kindest, most caring and passionate track official you could ask for. God speed my friend, my brother Tom. Rest in power.

Wes Williams

March 19, 2021

To the Bache family my sincere condolences to you and your extended family. My memories of Tom will always be that of a man who would always greet me with a warm smile and a kind word. I’ve had the pleasure to know the family since the early 70’s and I can’t imagine the void Tom has left them. But I have to say that for me my life was better to have known him than to have not known him. I pray that the LORD brings comfort to his family and to all those who knew and loved him.🙏🏿