Chase Ray Hetmer
Chase Ray Hetmer
  • September 12, 1987 - August 15, 2014
  • Kaufman, Texas

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Chase Ray Hetmer was born on September 12, 1987 in Dallas, TX to Charles and Twina Hetmer of Kaufman. 26 amazing years later, God decided it was time for him to come home, and Chase passed away on August 15, 2014.

It’s impossible to try and give a caption of Chase’s amazing journey through life. But we’ll try our best because it’s worth it… He’s worth it.

Chase was riddled with health issues throughout his life, but it never stopped him from being appreciative for what he had and who he was. Being thankful and caring to others was what set Chase apart from the rest. Whenever there was a reason to be thankful and loving, Chase would let you know. And when there wasn’t a reason to be, he’d certainly find one. In everything. Things that we all tend to take for granted. But not Chase. He was kind, loving, caring, appreciative… The list goes on and on. He was everything that all men strive to be, and that most men never get to be. Special. In every sense of the word.

Chase was smart. Very smart. And a lot more intelligent than anyone gave him credit for. It may be cliché, but it’s true that you really “don’t know what you’ve got, until it’s gone”. Chase touched more lives than anyone could have ever imagined. Not only his family, but the entire world around him. He was a special person. One that we all should strive to be like one day. And he will be sorely missed by anyone who had the privilege of knowing Chase and what he stood for.

Although life tended to be more difficult due to his health issues, Chase did graduate from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. He grew to love electronics and was pursuing a career in audio editing. Perfect for his love of movies, music, and audio books. It was a passion that grew from the time he was working in an Austin duplication company until now. He knew what he wanted to do. He was good at it. And no one was going to stand in his way. He had been attending Eastfield College and was preparing to transfer to Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches in the fall. He set his sights on it, and went after it. There was no feeling sorry for himself. And no handicap too big for him to overcome. He proved it time and time again. His entire life.

Chase enjoyed spending time with his family. And was a life time member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Kaufman. He is survived by his parents , Charles and Twina Hetmer of Kaufman, brother Christopher Hetmer of Kaufman, sister Courtney Merritt of Kaufman, sister-in-law Landy Hetmer of Kaufman, brother-in-law Greg Merritt of Kaufman, grandmother Frances Hetmer of Kaufman, grandmother Daisy Harmon of Mabank, and five nieces and nephews.

Chase will be forever missed. Not just because of the kindness and loving nature he stood for, but because the world has lost a GREAT man. I pray that we will all be fortunate enough to one day walk the path that God has laid for each and every one of us. Chase did. And he did it better than anyone could ever dream of doing. We will be hard pressed to find anyone who did it better than Chase. And we will all miss him tremendously. We love you Chase.

Funeral mass for Chase will be at 11:00am, Saturday, August 30, 2014 at St. Ann Catholic Church, 806 N. Washington, Kaufman, TX. Recitation of the Rosary will be at 7:00pm, Friday, August 29, 204 at St Ann Catholic church.