Judith Ann Chase

Judith Ann "Judy" Parker Chase was born in April 1921 to Henry Parker and Helen Cone of Flint, Mich., and passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at her home in Montecito, Calif., with her four kids and dog, Molly by her side. Judy was the wife of Daniel Chavez Chase (predeceased her Aug. 22, 2012). Judy spent her early years in Santa Monica and Ojai, Calif., then attended UC Berkeley, UCLA and then with Dan, the University of Arizona. She later earned her master''s degree from Penn State. They moved to San Luis Obispo in 1954, where "Dr. Dan" established a new department called Agricultural Business Management at Cal Poly, while Judy raised her children in her beloved country settings. She loved the countless animals, vegetable gardens and fruit trees, and helped the kids with years of attending piano practices, sports activities and scout meetings. Judy became head of Chase Pacific Properties, and with Dan, they invested in home rentals for college students. As years went by, they acquired in-laws, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In 1980, Dan and Judy moved to their newly built home in Montecito. Judy was a caring and inspiring mom, grandma, wife and friend to many in her last years. Judy and Dan touched everyone''s lives with their humor, love of nature, animals, kindness and zest for life. They enjoyed their life on the beach where they watched the dolphins and pelicans, gardened, raised their dogs, traveled to various destinations, attended to Santa Barbara friends, hosted family, engaged with local clubs and interests and had daily lunches out to favorite spots with friends, family and visitors. Judy also wrote and published two books, She Only Wants a Horse and Laughing with the Animals. Judy''s children include Nancy Watts of San Luis Obispo; Dan Chase (Lisa Michaels) of Orinda, Calif.; Doug Chase (Robbie) of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and Jeff Chase (Debbie) of Saratoga, Calif. Grandchildren include Laura Watts, Karen Lencioni, Michael, Stephen, Caroline, Andrea, and Ken; and great-grandchildren include Emily Louise and Madeleine Grace Lencioni. A service, to remember both Judy and Dan, is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at the Santa Barbara Cemetery, 901 Channel Drive in Santa Barbara. Donations can be made to your local hospice or favorite nature or animal protection charity. For a viewing of her life''s journey we hope you enjoy this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZeSKZ1KrBw

Published in San Luis Obispo County Tribune on Nov. 28, 2012