As funeral services begin for Deputy U.S. Marshal, Chase White, killed in the line of duty, his mother remembers him as a father who loved his family and his country.

“Service has really been a part of his life. I know he loved his job. I know the Marshals that he knew loved him,” said his mother, Lynnda White.

Deputy White was killed Nov. 29 while trying to serve a felony warrant when he was ambushed by a man wanted for stalking a Tucson PD sergeant. 

Deputy White was a married father of four young children, ages 7 to 14. His wife sat beside his mother at a special event Wednesday. 

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation pledged to donate $100,000 to help pay for the mortgage of the deputy’s family.

“Chase was their hero at home.. his family was his life and he took care of them and his plan was to keep them in their forever home,” Lynnda White said.  

Public viewing services took place Thursday evening in Oro Valley. A celebration of life private service is planned Friday morning at the Tucson Convention Center.

White was also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves. He was preparing for an overseas deployment that would last up to three years. The Peoria, Ill. native joined the U.S. Marshals Service in 2015.