Art passed away at his home with his family by his side Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

He was born in Fortuna on Jan. 28, 1926 to Arthur Davis and Mae Mattox Chase and raised on the Chase Ranch above College of Redwoods. He attended Fields Landing School and graduated from Eureka High in 1944.

Art enlisted in the Army Air Corp right after high school and returned to Eureka after his discharge. He attended Humboldt State and graduated from Oregon State University in 1951. He went to work for his long-time friend Bob Mathews Jr., where he met and married Della Sears in 1954. They had four children. Family always came first and he put a special touch on so many everyday things, making them some of our best memories.

After retirement from Peterson Tractor, he tried acting in the Redwood Curtain production It’s a Wonderful Life, playing Uncle Billy. In 2012, he was able to go on one of the first Honor Flights and enjoyed every minute — except when, at the airport, they confiscated the Lord Calvert from his suitcase.

Art is survived by his loving wife of 63 years; sons Steve of Eureka and Arthur S. (Tina) of Red Bluff; daughters Christina of Arcata and Alisa Cox of Rexberg, Idaho; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; sisters LaRue Parsons of Mission Viejo, Barbara Corner of Eureka and Carol Kinser of Fortuna; and sister-in law Lori Chase Franz of Seattle. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. Art was preceded in death by his parents, brother Harry, sisters Dorothy Locker and Joy Chase and grandson Logan Arthur Cox.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Donations may be made to your favorite charity.


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