HERBERT DUNCAN CHAFFEY
1936 to 2016
Born in Hoquiam, Washington, Herb Chaffey spent his youth working in the logging industry, never realizing his future career would make use of some of that same lumber he helped harvest.
Although he received his Accounting degree from the University of Washington, Herb quickly realized that he was more entrepreneur than accountant and decided to set a new blueprint for his future.
In 1963, he partnered with Don Wick to build homes under the Wick Homes, Inc. name. Then, in 1984, he began using the Chaffey name and over the next 32 years, until his passing in 2016, he built approximately 13,000 homes all over the greater Puget Sound region. Herb loved the smell of fresh cut lumber and walking the houses as they were in various stages of production. He expected excellence and it showed in the houses he built. His last venture, Chaffey Building Group, was the continuation of his love of home building and his ongoing commitment that every home be unique and expertly built by craftsmen who shared his dedication to excellence.
With a genuine passion for his business and the community as a whole, Herb built a legacy under the name Chaffey, not only in the home building arena, but also in the area of youth baseball. The Chaffey Baseball team, a group of talented 15-18 year old boys, has been a perennial select baseball power in the Pacific Northwest for over 35 years. Most of the students involved in the program go on to play Division I baseball in college and some have continued on to the major leagues. Herb spent countless hours with these young men, encouraging them to grow, learn and succeed, not only in the sport he loved so much, but also in their education and career pursuits. If you are interested in seeing more of the Chaffey Baseball club or even want to hit up a game, click HERE.
Herb’s love of the University of Washington Huskies, combined with his love of baseball, resulted in his desire to see the UW build a first class baseball stadium. That dream was realized in 2009, when the University of Washington dedicated and named the baseball field “Chaffey Field” in appreciation of his generosity and support.
Herb Chaffey left a mark on home building and our community that will never be forgotten. His legacy will continue in each home carefully and expertly built by Chaffey Building Group.