Hampton Falls, NH — Donald H. Chase, 87, of Hampton Falls, died on March 11, 2014, at his home after a brief illness.
He was born on June 2, 1926, in Newburyport, Mass., and was a son of the late Harry and Edith (Smith) Chase.
Raised in Seabrook, he graduated from Amesbury High School, and was a veteran of WWII 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 Reserves.
Mr. Chase was employed as a realty specialist for the U.S. Dept. of Interior Fish & Wildlife Service, working out of the Boston office, and retiring with over 40 years of government service. Earlier, he had also worked as head sawyer at his father’s sawmill.
He had made his home in Hampton Falls since 1956, 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 pilot's 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; and nieces and nephews.
He was also predeceased by his brother, Josiah Chase; and his sister, Virginia Randall.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m., on Thursday, March 20, at the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, 811 Lafayette Road, Hampton. Services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, March 21, at the 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, Kansas 66675. Please visit www.RemickGendron.com to view Don’s memorial website, sign the tribute wall, or for directions.