Morris Chadwick “Chad” Gaffin, 81, died on Sunday, May 24, 2020 in Reno, Nev., of acute leukemia. He had been a resident of Carson Valley Senior Living facility in Gardnerville, Nev., since January 2016.
Chad was born in Pleasant Hill, Tenn., to Luke Morris and Anna Christine Horn Gaffin as the eldest of their two sons. He graduated from White County High School in Sparta in 1957, and then received a B.S. degree in industrial technology from Tennessee Tech University in 1962. He served as an active-duty artillery officer in the U.S. Army in Hanau, Germany for three years before beginning a 30-year career in the Boy Scouts of America. He served as a scout executive in Middle Tennessee and Southern Mississippi, and then as a National and World Jamboree Administrator at the BSA national office in Irving, Texas. He eventually became the council executive for Northwest Texas Council in Wichita Falls, Texas from 1987-1993.
Chad was a beloved father, a lover of nature and all things outdoors, a tennis enthusiast, and a devout Christian. He is survived by his three children, David and Robert Gaffin, and Britta Swanson, four grandchildren, Luke, Erik, Emmalyn, and Ethan, and his brother Donald.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Aug. 6, at 10:30 a.m. at High’s Chapel. Full military honors will be administered by American Legion Post 173 and VFW Post 5064 at the funeral home. There will be no visitation prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Boy Scouts of America. Online condolences may be made at www.highfuneralhome.com.
High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) July 30, 2021