TUCSON, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – A woman who dedicates her life to putting faith into God now sat with closed eyes, praying that faith will get her through the loss of her son.
Rev. Lynnda White knows her son didn’t die in vain.
“I know he loved his job. I know the Marshals that he knew loved him,” said White.
Chase White, a deputy U.S. Marshal and Air Force reservist, was just getting ready for deployment, but his mom said her son’s passion for serving others was apparent from the time he was just a little boy.
“When he was in the 4th grade, his teacher asked him to teach his classmates to read. So service has really been a part of his life,” she said.
But the duty he valued above all, being a dad.
He leaves behind four children.
“Chase was their hero at home because his family was his life,” his mom said.
And if anyone understands that, it’s Frank Siller. He founded the nonprofit Tunnel to Towers after losing his brother, a brave firefighter, during 9/11.
His foundation donated $100,000 to White’s family Wednesday, so they can pay off their mortgage and stay in their home, the place that holds memories of the man they looked up to every day.
“You’re going to help keep them safe. So I thank you for that,” said Chase’s mom.
A mother left with a heavy heart, but a heart full of gratitude, for those giving what they have to a family whose leader, gave everything.
A public viewing is set for Thursday night in Oro Valley. On Friday, there will be procession from the funeral home to a service and celebration of life in Tucson.