"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7. A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Daniel "Dan" Chase was granted his angel wings Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. He was 76 and a resident of Baton Rouge. He was born on June 26, 1935, in Natchez, Miss., to Ben and Audrey Chase. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lilly Waltman Chase, whom he married Jan. 6, 1956, at First United Methodist Church in Natchitoches. Survivors also include his two daughters, Martha Chase Bryant and spouse Kevin, and Lisa Chase Potter and spouse Gary; grandchildren, Jason and Jeremy Blakeney, Jake Causey and wife Christon, Josh Causey and wife Melinda, and Jared Causey; great-grandchildren, Jade Blakeney, Emmie Cooper, Trent, Jaycee, and Brant Causey; siblings, Martha Chase Moss and Edgar "Poop" Chase; sister-in-law, Louise Cooley; brother-in-law, William Waltman and wife Faye; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ben "Buck" Chase. Dan attended and graduated from Waterproof High School in 1953. He continued his education at Northwestern State University where he received significant recognition through the years including an honorary doctorate of humanities, Long Purple Line, PHD (Persons of Highest Distinction), Golden Jubilee Alumnus of 50 Years, ROTC Hall of Fame and Daughters of American Revolution Metal of Honor. Over the course of his career, he enjoyed being a head football coach and teacher at Vidalia High School and a coach and teacher at Prescott Junior High School. He was also the founder of Dan Chase Taxidermy Supply and enjoyed success as an entrepreneur by pioneering the mass production of polyurethane mannequins for taxidermy uses. Dan enjoyed deer hunting, Northwestern football and athletics, and most of all spending time with his family. He took great pride in being an active sponsor for Alcoholics Anonymous through which he was able to have a positive effect on countless lives. He also served on the Northwestern State University Foundation Board. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him. Visitation will be at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Highway, on Friday, June 3, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation resumes at the funeral home on Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. until service at 10 a.m. Interment at Resthaven Gardens of Memory. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hope Center in Marksville and Natchez Children's Home in Natchez, Miss. "I don't know what your destiny will be; But one thing I do know; the only one among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." - Albert Schweitzer.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from June 3 to June 4, 2011