Mark Malcolm Chase | obituary

West Newbury – Mark Malcolm “Marcus” Chase, passed away on February 4, 2022 at his home in West Newbury, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in southwestern Minnesota on October 7, 1955, he grew up in Lake Minnetonka and the farming region of central Minnesota. He graduated from high school in 1974 and immediately entered the U.S. Army, spending a decade in combat arms, Army Special Forces beginning with the evacuation of Saigon in the Republic of the South -Vietnam in April 1975. Tours in Korea along the DMZ and from there many other hotspots around the world. He was honorably discharged and decorated in 1984. He was a quiet warrior.

Upon his return to civilian life, he attended the University of Minnesota for a year in the International Business and Marketing program and in 1986 transferred to Northeastern University in Boston to pursue the same major with a best program and a minor in engineering.

He worked for five years at Burnette & Moynihan, a small lumber yard in Revere, MA, where he found a passion and understanding for heavy and commercial construction, focusing and becoming an expert in the structural plywood business. He quickly rose through the ranks in this industry and later developed engineered plywood forming panels with Champion International and 3M Corp., where he and his mentor invented and patented one of the first Green Commercial FSC forming products. (Forest Stewart Council) to the world. . For a decade, this product known as Dri-Form 90 revolutionized this part of the concrete placement industry.

He eventually became director of sales, marketing and new business development for the Western Hemisphere for a large German engineering company. His contributions to this industry were many.

In 1988 he married his best friend, Lucia and remained married to her until her death. They were born for each other and raised two sons, Max and Dylan of whom Marcus was extremely proud and always had the utmost respect for them. They were his life; they were his heroes.

Marcus and his wife started a commercial fishing business in 1990 and fished actively in the North Atlantic for 37 years. Marcus was a multi-tasker who was an avid hunter sharing years and years of wonderful hunting adventures and memories with his wife and sons.

Marcus has always said how blessed he was to have had great mentors who attributed to his many successes in the military and throughout his life and business.

He was a life member and board member of the Essex County Sportsmens Association, a member of the North End Boat Club and the Newburyport Elks. He was a philanthropist and helped many needy organizations and people where he could be of help.

In addition to his wife, Lucia, he is survived by his two sons, Max, and Dylan and his wife Taylor; his only grandson, Walter; his mother, Donna; his father, Robert and his wife, Bonnie; his brother, Steven and his wife Mary; his stepmother, Jane; his sisters-in-law, Martha, Edmee and her husband Charles, and Greta; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice Association ( or the American Bluefin Tuna Assn. (

A memorial service will be held February 19 at 11 a.m. at All Saints Anglican Church, 67 Friend Street, Amesbury, MA 01913. Arrangements are being made by Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury, MA 01913.


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