Planned Giving gift will benefit military families
In a planned gift of generosity, Ernie Chapman, son of California Orange Magnate Charles C. Chapman, and former Mayor of Fullerton, Calif., provided in his estate for a donation of $100,000 to the Armed Services YMCA.
Chapman, long time supporter of the YMCA and the Armed Services YMCA, became a member of the Armed Services YMCA's National Board of Directors and was Board Secretary for a period of time. His generous gift will allow service members to continue to receive support at locations across the country.
Chapman passed in Aug., 2002, but his gift was received just recently received.
(Photo) Irvin C. "Ernie" Chapman at the Chapman College 124th Anniversary, Orange, California, March 4, 1985. Courtesy Chapman University.
His obituary in the Los Angeles Times recounted:
"Son of the man who created the booming Valencia orange industry in Orange County, Chapman helped usher in the urbanization of the county after the Depression and World War II when he sold off the family's Fullerton orchards for housing and commercial developments.
He was also the longest-serving university board member in the nation, having been a trustee at Chapman University, named for his father, from 1934 until his death.
Family members, friends and colleagues remembered him Tuesday as quiet, principled and astute in business.
"He beat Nixon before JFK did," Doti said.
Chapman, keenly aware of being a member of one of the region's most prominent families, made his own mark. Besides running the family business and serving on the university board, he was mayor of Fullerton from 1948 to 1950, was the first chairman of the city's Planning Commission in 1938, and sat on the Orange County Fair and Exposition Center board longer than anyone.
He was the kind of man who never missed a Kiwanis Club meeting in 62 years, the county's oldest Eagle Scout and a lifelong member of the First Christian Church in Fullerton, of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), his wife said.
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