Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Shawn Michael Chase, 43

Bolivar, NY – Shawn Michael Chase, 43, previously of Belmont, died at home unexpectedly of a heart attack due to complications of diabetes on Monday, January 2, 2023. He was born in Cuba on June 7, 1979 the son of David L. and Diana M. (Kazanjian) Chase. 

Shawn attended Genesee Valley School and the Belmont BOCES. He worked for his mother’s Daycare services in Belmont, and loved being around the children. He was a volunteer firefighter until his health wouldn’t allow him to continue. Most of all, his passion was music, if he had to be indoors he needed it to be focused on music (or fighting with the cats). He worked as a DJ, was a member of several bands including Those Guys, Overgrown, and Erudition. He owned and operated his own recording studio helping several other local musicians record and produce their music. With Those Guys he toured across the United States, playing in several music festivals. He started with the local Pork Stock Festivals, and his love grew from there. When he didn’t have to be inside, he only ever wanted to be outdoors (where he preferred to be), he loved camping (having camped across the country)hunting, fishing, and was a generally well rounded outdoorsman. 

He is survived by: two daughters, Dahlia and Nikki Chase; his parents, Diana (Donald) Watkins, and David (Chris) Chase; siblings, Gage Watkins, Aaron (Laurie) Watkins, Vanessa (Noah) Thompson, David Chase Jr., Matt Chase, and Catrina Maynard; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and great nephews. 

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 7, 2023 from 1 – 3 PM at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home of Belmont, 17 Schuyler Street. His funeral will follow at 3 PM in the funeral home with Deacon Frank Pasquale presiding. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, 5440 NY-19, Belmont, NY 14813. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


  1. Such a great loss! He will certainly be missed as the friends face of our local DG😢Prayers to the family!

  2. Rest Easy Johnny! You were a good dude and even better friend.

  3. Gone but never forgotten.... thats what you say? Your earthly existence got in the way of how brightly you truly shine, Shawn. You touched the lives of so many, your demise has left a huge hole in this bleak thing we call life. See you soon. One love.

  4. You were a friend when I needed one the most. Lifted me up and gave me courage to take on this world. Take care old friend.

  5. Shawn embodied the true meaning of selflessness. He would give anything, if he knew it would help someone. He yearned to make this world a better place & expressed that not only through his creative outlets, but in his everyday life. If everyone were a little more like Shawn, this world would in fact be a better place.

    You will live forever in our hearts ❤ Love you!

  6. RIP old friend. We had some awesome times growing up in Belmont. Gone too soon. You will be missed by many.