"Dr. Chase was an anchor in the community,” said Mayor Zack Tucker. “I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing. Dr. Chase passionately loved Monticello. I believe it showed in his years of service in the community, on and off the City Council; which will be greatly missed. I will be eternally grateful for his leadership, friendship, and compassion for the community.”
Outside of his local dental practice, Chase was active in many groups and organizations over the years; including serving on Monticello's City Council, 2004-present, and serving as Interim Mayor after the passing of his father-in-law Mayor Allen Maxwell, March 2014-July 2014.
Dr. Chase also served the community by coaching youth baseball, softball, and soccer, worked as city pool manger, served on the Industrial Development Committee, Chamber of Commerce Board, the American Cancer Society Board, and Monticello Schools Foundation; to name a few. He continued to be active as a Rotary Club member, serving as a past President, and an active member of Monticello’s First Baptist Church.
His professional dental affiliations include member of the International College of Dentists, American Dental Association, former President of the Southeast District Dental Society, board member of the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners, former President of the Arkansas State Dental Association, Medicaid Task Force, alternate delegate to the ADA Annual Session, and a charter board member of the Arkansas Mission of Mercy where he was the Local Coordinator.
He received many honors and awards in his 53 years; some of the most recent were being named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International and Arkansas State Dental Association's Distinguished Service Award.
Funeral service will be 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2016 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Bruce Venable officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Family visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sunday evening at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to: AR MOM (Arkansas Mission of Mercy) through ASDA, 7480 Hwy 107, Sherwood, AR 72101 or American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Ave., Little Rock, AR 72207.