Herb-Chase-obitLongtime Santa Monica resident Herbert Shank Chase, Jr., who owned the former Santa Monica Independent Journal newspaper and was active with a variety of youth organizations in the city, passed away July 6 following a brief illness. He was 90.
Born March 21, 1923 to Herbert S. Chase Sr. and Hazel Noera Chase, he grew up in Elizabeth, NJ where he attended Pingry School. He finished at Governor prep school and later attended Hamilton College and Colgate University.
Chase, who enlisted in officer training in the Marines and was stationed at Camp Pendleton in California, served in the Pacific theater during World War II. While at Camp Pendleton, Chase developed a love of California.
He married Elise Kirkland, also of Elizabeth, and they left the East Coast to settle in Malibu. When Chase later moved to Santa Monica, he purchased the Santa Monica Independent Journal weekly newspaper from Henry Luce. Through his newspaper he led many crusades including opposition to oil drilling in the Santa Monica Bay and against corruption and development schemes that he believed would have compromised the natural beauty of local beaches, his family said.
He later married Marjorie Zickler of Holland, Mich. in 1970 through a shared love of horses. Chase devoted himself to a career as editor and publisher of various publications including the “Good Life,” his family said.
He was also devoted to the Boys & Girls Club and served on the board for over 50 years. Chase was a longtime booster of Santa Monica and in his final years launched an online publication called “Santa Monica Boosters.”
Active with the local sports scene, Chase coached Santa Monica Little League baseball, Santa Monica Bobby Sox softball, American Youth Soccer Organization teams and youth football. Chase loved kids of many ages and his life as a parent was distinguished by involvement with his children’s many friends, his family said.
He is survived by seven children, Anne Chase-Stapleton of Samish Island, Wash.; Ashley Andrews and husband Vincent of North Salem, NY; Herb Chase III of Pacific Palisades; Frances Workman and husband Henry Workman of Newbury Park; Carole Elliott and husband Glen of Palo Alto; step daughter Lory Bierschenk and husband Kurt of Pacific Palisades; and Paige Chase of Santa Monica; as well as 15 grandchildren.
A gathering in memory of Chase in scheduled Friday, Aug. 2 in Santa Monica.