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Obituary for Lyle Oran Chase
7 September, 1921 - 22 December, 1996
From The Idaho Press-Tribune
December, 1996
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo


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Lyle Chase

     Lyle Chase, 75, of Nampa passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 1996, at his home in Nampa.  Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, December 24, 1996, at the Melba Cemetery in Melba, Idaho, with Basil Lewis officiating.
     Lyle was born September 7, 1921, in Huston, ID, to Claude and Musa Chase.  He spent his boyhood on the banks of the Snake River, attended Cozy Basin School, and Melba High School where he graduated in 1939.  He was a gifted high school athlete who excelled in football, basketball and baseball.  He married his high school sweetheart, Marguerite Clark, on March 12, 1941.  He enlisted in the Navy during World War II.
     After his discharge, he moved to Boise and started his own refrigeration company and installed the refrigeration in most of the Albertson's and Safeway stores from Spokane to Salt Lake City.  He invented a lima bean harvester and moved to California to build a prototype.  The lure of the beautiful Idaho mountains and streams brought the family back to Idaho.  He managed Albertson's Feed Mill for 15 years.  His first heart attack forced him to settle into a quieter profession of selling cars at Dobb's Motors for ten happy years.  He delighted spectators as the senior pitcher on the Dobb's Motors softball team.
     Upon retirement, he and Marguerite bought their first motorhome and toured the U.S.A. three times and once to Alaska.  Some of his best years were spent camping a forming new friendships in the Nampa Good Sam's Club and with the Idaho Old Time Fiddlers.  With his guitar and his big heart he dedicated his time to bringing pleasure to young and old alike at retirement centers, nursing homes and with the Junior Jammers.
     Through their full life Lyle and Marguerite raised four children.  Lyle taught his family the value of hard work, finishing a job, high moral values, willingness to try new things and to always recognize the good in others.  Lyle enjoyed camping, fishing and traveling on vacations with his wife and family.  Of all the adventures Lyle has taken, his now on the greatest adventure of all.
  Lyle is survived by his wife, Marguerite Chase, his children; Larry and Patsy Chase, Linda and J. Longeteig, Steve and Lynn Chase and Sue and Rick Myers; fifteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren; his brothers, Wendell and Helen Chase and Terrell and Leona Chase; and his sister, Fern and Arlo Kitchen.
     He was preceded in death by his mother an d father, brothers Alden and Max, and sisters Nelma and June.