Mr. Chesser was born Feb. 26, 1938 in Roswell, N.M., to David Tesson Chesser and Sophia Louvene Moseley Chesser. He was raised in Roswell and graduated from Roswell High School in 1957. After graduating from high school, he entered the Army Reserves, serving six years and receiving an honorable discharge in 1963. He attended Eastern New Mexico University for two years. In 1959 he met and married Betha Jean Warren of Levelland, Texas. Their rose-garden wedding took place June 12, 1959, in Ruidoso, N.M.
The Chessers made their permanent home in Anchor Point in 1974. He was a faithful member of the Church of Christ. Mr. Chesser was a multi-talented individual. He worked in the potash mines in Carlsbad, N.M., and as a journeyman glazier. He worked in a meat-packing plant in Billings, Mont., and pounded rock in a quarry in North Port, Wash. He ranched and raised day-old calves and feeder calves in Colville, Wash. In Alaska he tried his hand at contracting and built eight homes on the Kenai Peninsula. He began commercial fishing in 1975, and fished Cook Inlet, Prince William Sound and Bristol Bay until he retired in 1999. His passion was hunting along the Yukon River for trophy moose and sport fishing with his kids, grandkids or anyone who wanted an adventure. In 1999 Mr. Chesser received his 200-ton Near Coastal Masters and had a boat delivery business, which took him from Cook Inlet to San Francisco Bay.
Mr. Chesser is survived by his wife, Betha, two sons, a daughter and their spouses and children: Keith and Donna Chesser and their children Rachel, Janice, Roman and Trenton; Russell and Deanna Chesser and their children Davin, Chandra and Ryley, all of Anchor Point; and Dianna and Dan Morris and their children Abriana and Makayla, all of Cameron Park, Calif.