HAMPTON FALLS - Donald H. Chase, 87, of Hampton Falls, died March 11, 2014, at his home after a brief illness.
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He was born June 2, 1926, in Newburyport, Mass., a son of the late Harry and Edith (Smith) Chase.
Raised in Seabrook, he graduated from Amesbury High School and was a veteran of World War II and Korea serving with the U.S. Navy. In 1958, he graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor's degree in forestry. He later served with the U.S. Air Force and with the U.S. Army Reserve.
Mr. Chase was employed as a realty specialist for the U.S. Dept. of Interior Fish & Wildlife Service working out of the Boston office retiring with over 40 years of government service.
Earlier he had also worked as head sawyer at his father's saw mill.
He had made his home in Hampton Falls since 1956. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Grange and Historical Society, all of Hampton Falls, and in his earlier years was a volunteer firefighter with the Hampton Falls Fire Department.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman, a member of St. James Lodge No. 102 F. & A.M. of Hampton, Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Portsmouth and Dover, and the Bektash Temple Shrine, Concord.
Mr. Chase was a supporter of many veterans' organizations, was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and at one time held his pilots' license.
He was the husband of the late Betty-Lou (Campbell) Chase who died in 1992 and the father of Dorothy C. Hubbard, who died in 2001.
Family members include his daughter, Jennifer K. Ireton and her husband David and their children, Sydney, Brandon and Shaun, all of Rockaway, N.J.; his son, Duncan Chase of Concord, his son-in-law, Henry "Hy" Hubbard and his children, Jennifer and April and his wife Heidi, nieces and nephews.
He was also predeceased by his brother, Josiah Chase and his sister, Virginia Randall.
SERVICES: Visiting hours will be Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 6-8 p.m., at the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, 811 Lafayette Road, Hampton. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 21, 2014, at First Baptist Church, 3 Lincoln Ave., Hampton Falls. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan, 66675. For more information, go to RemickGendron.com.
Remick & Gendron Funeral Home
811 Lafayette Road Hampton, NH 03842
Published in Union Leader on Mar. 18, 2014