The New Jersey Amusement Association shared the news that Mike Chance, president of Chance Rides, Inc., lost a long battle with depression on April 19, at the age of 42.
“Yesterday our family and company suffered a tremendous loss. Our son and company president Mike Chance lost his long-term and well-fought battle with depression,” said Dick Chance, CEO of Chance Rides and Mike’s father. “Mike had suffered from this tough disease for years and had faithfully sought treatment and relief from its effects. Like any other disease that is not yet well understood, depression is often difficult to successfully treat.
“We are proud of Mike for bravely fighting this disease for years while living a full and rich life as a wonderful husband and father, son, grandson, brother, friend and a great company leader. He was a triathlete who competed alongside friends in Iron Man triathlons across the country,” Dick continued. “Mike valiantly fought this disease while focusing on doing great work together with our employees so the fact that he had this disease will come as a surprise to many who knew him.”
He concluded, “Just as with other diseases that take our loved ones too early, our family’s hope is that research into the treatment for depression will advance. And that those seeking relief from this disease will find a path to successful treatment.”
Mike joined the family business in 2000 with the purchase of D.H. Morgan Manufacturing. He was instrumental in expanding the company into roller coaster design and manufacturing, as well as the development of other new products. He is survived by his wife Mindi and their one son.
The funeral service is set for April 27 in Wichita, Kan., at 10:00 a.m. at the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. A reception will follow at the Wichita Country Club. Follow amusementtoday.com/ for more information regarding an online register for comments to the family.