Oct. 25, 1962 – March 10, 2011
Courage, character, inspirational and a loving Christian nature are just a few of the words that could be used to describe Steve and the amazing life he led. Steve was a giant of a man not only in stature, but also in heart. From his early years growing up in Davis to his last moments in the arms of his loving wife Brenda in the living room of their Davis home, Steve brought smiles and often tears of happiness and joy to those around him.
After 33-plus years of battling some of life’s worst demons, and while being embraced and caressed by Brenda, with his parents, relatives and close friends surrounding his bed, Steve gently smiled, shed two tears and left to be with his Lord.
Steve was born Oct. 25, 1962, in Sacramento. Steve’s early years growing up in Davis were very happy and marked by his enjoyment and success in athletic endeavors. As a young boy, Steve took a keen interest in flight, both air and space. Steve’s interest became a passion that continued throughout his life, and led to Steve being the first of the Chastain family to become a pilot. It seemed only fitting that at the exact moment of Steve’s passing, a large C-5A aircraft passed directly over the Chastain home at low level for all to hear or see.
The man who was known as a loving husband to wife Brenda, role model and caring father to his four children, and devoted son to his parents, began inspiring many more when he was merely age 15. That was the age that Steve first began his battle with cancer. Over the next 33-years, Steve battled many cancers, and cancer’s related complications. His strength, courage and seemingly indestructible physical nature were matched with mental strength and fortitude.
Steve’s Christian faith throughout his life was very strong. Steve, Brenda and their children were very involved in their church, church missions, and spreading the faith through the examples they set. Their church family was a strong one and provided comfort, care and love through years of both wonderful fellowship and challenging times.
Steve is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Brenda, and their four children: Josh, Sam, Hannah and Hope. Steve is also survived by his parents, Bob and Betty Chastain of Woodland, and his brother, Robert Chastain and wife Michelle of Seattle and their two children Katie (Carl Nelson) and Kristen, and four grandchildren (Ava, Hudson, Jordan and Sydney).
Steve was very blessed with, and survived by, a large local extended family, the Dennis and Madelon Pytel family (Brenda’s parents). Brenda is one of five children: Dennis (Michelle), Darren (Jeannie), Kris (Jeff Souza) and Karen (Frank Rodgers). Through the Pytel side of his family, Steve is survived by many nieces and nephews: Brian, Steven, Allison, Ariel, Eric, Jordan, Abby, Jarrod, Brandi and Victoria.
The family and friends held a celebration of life ceremony for Steve on March 15.