Oct 27, 1949 - Jan 13, 2016
Chester David Grant October 27, 1949
January 13, 2016
Chet passed away the evening of January 13, 2016. He was comforted and surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was 66 years old. A special thanks to the Nursing staff at Sutter Medical Center for their compassionate support and care to Chet and his family.
Chet was born in Stockton, CA on October 27, 1949 – the only son of Robert (Bob) and Emma Deane (Deanie) Grant. The family moved to Sacramento in 1955. Chet graduated from McClatchy High School, where he ran track and played football. After High School, Chet attended Sac City College and also achieved a Bachelor of Arts at Sacramento State University. In 1968, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he served both in isolated duty at Tree Point Light House in Alaska, and at the Search and Rescue Station Muskegon, on Lake Michigan. At discharge, Chet returned to Sacramento.
Chet enjoyed the adventure of travel. He traveled to South America, North Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Scotland, Greece, Turkey, and several years ago he and his son Cameron, drove to the arctic circle and to see Tree Point Light House.
Chet’s life long passion was soccer. He was involved in the early development of the soccer programs in the Sacramento area. He coached at the recreational, high school, and competitive levels. He later achieved his National “A” Coaching License and worked with the Olympic Development Program. Many of those Chet had coached over the years remained his friends.
He is dearly missed by his loving wife of 25 years, Sonja; his children, Cameron and Savannah Grant, and Andy Watson of Bozeman, Montana; his mother Deanie Grant; mother-in-law Jane Rosenberger; his sister Barbara Kihlthau; his nieces and nephews, Ashleigh Bailey, Rachel Kihlthau, Carrie Kihlthau, Mary Beth and Adam Burrell, Jeff and Michelle Pallansch; his great niece Emerson Burrell; and many cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Sun Grove Church Memorial Ministry or Sutter Medical Research Melanoma. The memorial celebration for Chet will be held at Sun Grove Church on January 30, 2016 at
11:00 am; celebration of life to follow at Laguna Town Hall at Noon
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA