Chase Covington Taylor was truly one of a kind. Not in that cliché way that everyone who passes a little too soon is often described but in that real, holy smokes, “ you will never meet another person like him” kind of way. Chase was hilarious, kind, loyal and filled with so much love. Chase was always the first to stand up when someone needed help.
He was laid back from day one, happy and filled with joy. Days spent on the baseball or soccer fields, or out hunting and fishing were great days in his book. Throughout high school, many family weekends consisted of traveling with select teams and forming friendships that lasted a lifetime.
Chase graduated from Westbrook High School in 2012 and then began his college journey. He obtained his instrumentation degree from LIT and continued pursuing his bachelor’s at Lamar University. While attending Lamar, he was initiated into the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He immediately found a second home and became a leader to his brothers. Within the brotherhood, bonds were created that impacted Chase’s short life profoundly. His impact on his brothers will continue throughout generations.
Chase had just begun a career as a Process Operator at Chevron Phillips four months prior to the tragedy. He was one of 15 that were hired out of 1400 applicants. The Plant manager spoke highly of his work ethic and positive outlook about life. He also mentioned that Chase earned the respect from everyone at the plant. Chase loved his job, the people he worked with and was very excited about his bright outlook and growing his career with Chevron Phillips.
Jonathan Miller wrote this about Chase on his graduation day from Lamar University, which sums up who Chase Covington Taylor was.
The guy I looked up to so much. The guy I wanted to be like. I was only friends with him for a year and a half, yet it felt like 2o years of friendship. He taught me how to always put a smile on my face even if the day was not going well, because life is too short. Words can’t really describe how he was. He was the best person in the world and he has made me the man I am today by following his actions and approaches to this world. I could go on and on about this man, I truly could. At the end, thank you for befriending me. I love you Chase and I miss you, always be so grateful for you! I don’t know what the future holds but I’m going to make sure to have a little Chase in everything I do.
Chase’s charismatic personality was most infectious. He had a smile as bright as his red hair and with a heart of pure gold. To know him was to love him and to be his friend was to love him even more. He leaves a profound legacy, that always remained those close to hi. To never let life get in the way of spending time with people you love.
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