Constituents Deceased list

Vernon Chase ’55 was born in Long Beach, California, on June 1, 1933, to Vernon and Thelma Chase. Vern graduated from South Pasadena High School in 1951 and attended SCU. After graduating he was able to immediately satisfy his passion for aviation by joining Flying Tiger Line. He then combined his love of aviation and travel by going on active duty as a Navy aircraft loadmaster for two years, based in Morocco. He returned to Flying Tigers and met Barbara while living in the San Francisco Bay Area. The air cargo industry required family moves to Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, back to Seattle, and back to San Francisco while working for West Coast Airlines, Air West, and World Airways. When he left the private aviation industry, he moved to Oregon and started working for the Port of Portland. After two years there he was sent on a temporary assignment to Tokyo as the director of far east trade development. He returned to Portland, where he continued to work for the Port of Portland and eventually the Port of Valdez, Alaska, and his own firm, Alaska-Northwest Development Services. When he and Barbara retired in 1998, they moved to Seattle to be closer to their children. They eventually settled down in Edmonds, Washington. In Edmonds, he was involved with city of Edmonds activities, the YMCA, and Rotary. He and Barbara were honored with their 2006 selection as Edmonds Citizens of the Year. Vern was also a person of unstoppable energy and zest for life. His insatiable love of traveling the world was demonstrated during both work and vacation as he traveled to every continent except Antarctica. But Vern loved his family most of all and was enamored by his grandchildren. He enjoyed working in the fledgling air cargo industry as well as supporting Barbara’s numerous civic activities and the professional and personal pursuits of his children. At age 85, he passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 11, 2018. Vern is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Barbara, and children Thomas Chase ’83 (Toni) of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Jeanne Tiscareno (Bob) of Seattle, and Dave Chase (Coleen) of Bellingham, Washington. Always playful at heart, he was devoted to grandchildren Bobby, Abby, Mimi, Danny, Tommy, and Cam as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Bronson. Vern will be remembered as eternally kind to everyone, a great family man, and a person who lived out Christian values every day of his life.

29 Mar 2019