Chad Flake was a faculty member at BYU. He served as a professor, General Reference Librarian, Documents Librarian, and was eventually appointed Curator of Special Collections. Under his direction, the Lee Library developed the finest collection of rare books in the Intermountain West and the second finest Mormon collection in existence. He was instrumental in acquiring and preserving rare manuscripts for BYU. Flake served as a missionary in the British Mission, and he held many ward and stake positions: counselor in a bishopric; High Councilman, stake Sunday School superintendent, and many teaching positions. Flake passed away on 18 June 2003.