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Santa Monica Loses Long-Time Newspaper Man and Youth Advocate

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By Jason Islas
Staff Writer

July 22, 2013 -- Herbert Shank Chase Jr., former owner of the Santa Monica Independent Journal and long-time advocate for youth, died July 6 after a short bout with illness. He was 90.

Chase, who was born in New Jersey on March 21, 1923, moved to Santa Monica after serving as a Marine in the Pacific theater during the Second World War.

“I think I met Herb for the first time when I was 17 years old,” said Kip Dellinger, whose father was Chase's one-time business partner. “Herb was a piece of Santa Monica.”

Dellinger reminisced about his father's erstwhile partner, calling him a “genuine gentleman.

“You couldn't stay upset with Herb,” he said.

While Chase made an impact with his weekly newspaper, the Independent Journal, many of his friends remember for his work with Santa Monica's children.

Allan Young, former president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica, said “When I was a young kid, I used to deliver for his newspaper.”

Young worked closely with Chase, who sat on the board of the Boys & Girls Club for more than half a century.

“He was on the board for 55 years,” said Young. “That's pretty unique in today's nonprofit world.”

“He was a kind, gentle man,” Young said. “He really cared about the club and what was going on with kids. He was at every board meeting until he got ill.”

Chase could also be counted on to support youth in anyway he could.

“I could always call him and he'd provide jobs for 18 year-old kids who were supporting their families,” said Young.

Council member Bob Holbrook said that though he didn't spend much time with Chase, he was a household name in Santa Monica.

“We sat together one night at a SAMOHI football game,” Holbrook said. “He really loved the community.”

Aside from his work with the Boys & Girls Club, Chase coached little league baseball, Bobby Sox Softball, AYSO soccer and football.

Parks and Recreation Chair Phil Brock remembered Chase fondly.

“He was extremely active in our community in a very positive way,” said Brock, who has also been very active with the Boys & Girls Club. “He was very nice, a very giving and warm person.”

While he may be gone, it is clear to those who knew him that his legacy will live on.

“It's the end of an era,” said Holbrook.

Chase is survived by his seven children and 14 grandchildren. His family is planning a gathering on August 2 in Santa Monica to celebrate his life.

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