Marion Edward “Chubby” Bass, 82, of Vero Beach, died March 11, 2016 at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach.
Chubby was born in Daytona Beach, FL and moved to Vero Beach from Titusville, FL at age 10.
He was a graduate of Vero Beach High School Class of 1952. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida and a Master’s Degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.
Chubby was one of the most gifted athletes to come out of Vero Beach High School. He was named Little All State sin two sports-basketball as a sophomore and football as a senior. He is listed as the school’s second most prolific scorer in football. This is all the more noteworthy, according to a classmate, in that he was a running back only in his senior year.. Though he was engaged in sports throughout the academic year, his grades earned him a place in the National Honor Society.
Chubby was a pilot in the United States Air Force.
Chubby was a member and long time Deacon of First Baptist Church of Vero Beach. He was a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Vero Beach.
Chubby Bass had a long career in Education in Indian River County. He was first a dean at Vero Beach High School. His also served as principal at Gifford Middle Six. He opened the new Sebastian River Middle School. He finished his career as principal at Vero Beach Junior High School. He retired in 1995.
He and his wife enjoyed spending the summers in Linville, NC.
Survivors include wife of 55 years, Jean E. Bass of Vero Beach; son, David Bass (Vicky) of Vero Beach; daughter, Dr. Rebecca Bass (Judson McCurdy) of Macon, GA; brothers, Bob Bass of Clewiston, FL and Larry Bass (Helen) of Plant City, FL; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Graves Bass of Vero Beach; grandsons, Hunter Wynn, Bryce Bass, Reid Bass and Christian Taylor; granddaughter, Mason Bass and numerous nieces and nephews.
Chubby was preceded in death by his daughter, Susan Elaine Bass Taylor and granddaughter, Taylor Wynn.