James Weston Chase

November 11, 1922June 12, 2018
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Jim passed away at the age of 95 on June 12, 2018 at his residence in Wilsonville, Oregon surrounded by the love and support of his family.

A celebration of life will be Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home in Gresham, Oregon.

Jim was born November 11, 1922 in Seattle, Washington and graduated from Enumclaw High School. He attended the University of Kentucky specializing in topographic drafting. Jim was an army veteran of World War II and served overseas in New Guinea. After the war he went to work at Bonneville Power Administration and did surveying for transmission lines in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. In 1953 he moved to Seattle, Washington and worked for the Seattle Engineering Department as an associate engineer. Jim left the City of Seattle in 1960 to start his own surveying business in Oregon and joined Donald E Marx; forming Marx and Chase Surveyors Inc. From 1983 until his retirement in 1992 he was a partner in Chase, Jones & Assoc. Inc. Jim was a registered land surveyor of Oregon and Washington.

Growing up Jim had been a boy scout and later went on to being a cub master. He was a member of the following organizations: Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon and was a past director; former Exalter Ruler of Gresham Elks; former president of the Past Exalted Rulers Association of Oregon and Washington; American Legion; VFW; Optimist Club of Gresham; Bicentennial Chairman of Gresham and Communities in 1976; Founder in 1976 and past president (for 7 years) of Gresham Historical Society; and past member of the Civil Engineering Advisory Committee at Mt. Hood Community College. After retirement he and Jeri enjoyed playing golf and going on beach trips to the Oregon coastal town of Seaside. Winters were spent enjoying golf and friends in Indio, California. Jim volunteered as Marshall for several years for the following PGA and LPGA tournaments: Bob Hope Chrysler Classic; Dinah Shore Nabisco Championship; The Skins Game; Lexus Challenge and PGA Qualifying School. Jim will be remembered for his big warm smile, kindness, being a gentleman, patience and his love of life. He enjoyed watching the Blazers, golf and old time movies on TV. Jim loved reading history books, and sharing his knowledge of history with others, playing the guitar and ukulele, singing and dancing, wood carving, golfing, spending time with his grandchildren, and the company of friends and family.

He is survived by his companion Jeri Lundbom of Wilsonville, Oregon, his daughter Judy Terry and her husband Jon of Naples, Idaho and son Joey Chase of Estacada, Oregon. Other family members include Marv and Diana Morlan of Wilsonville, Oregon and Larry and Janet Lundbom of Estacada, Oregon, 16 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. He is preceded in death by daughter Susan Lynn Chase.

The family suggests remembrances be sent to the Gresham Historical Society, PO Box 65, Gresham, Oregon, 97030.


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August 23, 2018

Just one more time.....
Grab your guitar Jim and sing me another song, just one more time.

I have had the pleasure of being sung to, by Jim, with his warbling voice, and as I remember these times, I just smile with delight.

It has been a great honor knowing this man, so kind and caring and he gave great hugs. Big strong hugs.
We enjoyed being with Geri and Jim at the beach, and watching those two dance like professionals at the Elks Club.

You are loved Jim and we will miss you so much. We will all watch over Geri for you.

Theresa Adamson

July 11, 2018

Uncle Jim was the best Uncle any child could ask for. Their were 9 children in my family and we always knew how much he loved us. I can remember being young and going to their house for a special holiday and him and my Aunt Dorothy playing the piano and the accordion and us kids standing around the piano singing songs together and Uncle Jim had such a nice voice. I will be eternally grateful to Jeri and Dianne for the love they showed him in his final years and making him a genuine part of their family These are such cherished memories for me as well as in his later life chatting on the telephone and there was never a time that before he hung up he would always tell me he loved me and for me to get out and enjoy life . I know we shall rejoice one day when we meet again until then you will always have a very special place in my heart !! Your niece, Theresa

Ryan Lundbom

July 10, 2018

Too many memories to share them all, but most of all he inspired me to get into golfing and think of him every time it am out on the links.

robert and maxine riell

July 10, 2018

We enjoyed Jim's company while living in Rancho Casa Blanca, Indio, during the winter months. We played golf together, enjoyed having a glass of wine and listening to his guitar playing at gatherings on our decks in the evenings. We loved it when he fell into a water hazard while, as a Marshall, trying to retrieve golf balls from a leaky boat. Geri hosed him down on the lawn outside before letting him enter their home.

He always decorated his house so elaborately for Christmas, and then he decorated the creek they lived by as well. We all missed those beautiful decorations when they moved. The neighborhood was just not the same anymore without them.

Jim was a gentleman in every sense of the word and knowing him enriched our lives immeasurably. May he rest in peace and love.