Chester Grant

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

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA
US 95624


  • Pat Hunt says:

    Dear Sonja and family, My heartfelt condolences to you all. I will always remember Chet as a wonderful friend and mentor to my son Joey Bilotta and the many other lucky boys and their parents that got to call him friend and coach. I have many wonderful memories of Chet best of all that he was the worlds best, and longest, hugger! I’m hoping that soon you will all be able to replace your grief with smiles for all the great memories of your husband and father. Hugs….Pat Hunt I’m so sorry I will have to miss his memorial but it happens to be on the same day as my brother-in-laws.

  • Scott, Dayna, Katie and Carter Limpach says:

    Our family would like to present our most sincere condolences to Sonja, Cameron, Savannah and all of us who called Chet a friend. We met the Grant family 15 years ago when Sonja’s first soccer coaching experience included Carter with Cameron, and Chet as Assistant Coach. The boys are best friends to this day and Carter is one of “Sonja’s Boys”. Over many years of Competitive soccer, near and far, countless hours on the sidelines we came to call the family very dear to us. We will remember fondly Chet’s low key personality and soft chuckle when he heard something funny, in his good ear. There was always a sense of strength just below the surface; he did not need to be loud to create that presence of respect. He was a coach and friend that instilled confidence by his example. We will miss Chet and will continue to be close to the Grant family.

  • Stephanie (Odgers) O'Melia says:

    My deepest sympathies to the Barbara and Deanie and the rest of the family. I was so sorry to hear about your loss. Chester was a wonderful person. I remember going to watch him play football with Bob, Deanie and Barbara. After we would gather at the Grant house and have hot chocolate and donuts. He will be greatly missed.

  • The Avila Family says:

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Chet was not only a great coach, but an amazing man who touched us all. He will be greatly missed. We will continue praying for you and your family. ❤

  • Pelle says:

    Sonja, Cameron and Savannah, I am so sorry for this loss. Sweet Chet was a good man. The world was better becasue he was here. A legacy to be proud of and a life over too soon. We are thinking of you all and sending our love. Maya and Tibor

  • Kevin Crawford says:

    I fisrt met Chet in elementary school at Hollywood Park. We hung around a lot as kids do. We used to walk home together with our buddies from Joaquin Miller JHS. Back then he was always one of the smallest in stature but largest in personality and character. Although we sort of lost touch at McClatchy and afterword, whenever we reconnected later in life it was as if we’d never been apart. He was the same old good buddy. The last time we were together at a high school reunion we talked about getting together with our families for a visit in Santa Cruz. Sadly I think he got sick right after that. I wish to convey my deepest condolences to Chet’s family on his untimely passing. I’m proud to call him my friend. I’m very sorry I didn’t get a chance to visit with him one last time. Rest in peace my brother.

  • Alisa Fong says:

    It has been over three decades (1984-1985) since Chet was my high school soccer coach at John F. Kennedy, and I remember his voice, smile, and passion for the game like it was yesterday. His coaching phrases and comments regularly come to mind and mouth when I watch my young sons play soccer, and I find myself fondly remembering him and the great times we shared. Chet had high expectations of his players, and always made them better. I can only begin to imagine the number of young players’ lives he touched on the pitch and beyond. I’m sure that his love for the game will continue on through so many. I regret that I will not be able to attend the celebration of life due to a family engagement, but as a tribute several former JFK alumni players will be gathering at Reichmuth Park (our home and practice field back in the day) in Sacramento on Saturday, February 6, at 11:00 a.m. to play a casual small sided game in his honor. Any players (and their families) who were touched by his coaching are welcome to join. Rest in Peace Chet, and my deepest sympathy to his family for their loss.

  • Alan and Mary Lynn says:

    So sorry to hear of his passing – Sincere condolences, Savannah, to you and your family – May God fill your heart with fond and happy memories of his life

  • Russell Grant says:

    I met Chet working at Healthcare. He joked about me being a long lost brother. What I remember about Chet was how upbeat he was. I am sorry to hear of his passing. He was a great man who touched a lot of lives.

  • Joyce Reynolds Siler says:

    So sorry to hear of Chet passing. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. He was such a wonderful athletic and a great friend Since elementary school at Hollywood Park through High school at McClatchy HS and will never forget him. Rest in peace, no more pain and suffering.

  • Ty Twist says:

    Chet, You were a very good Coach and a good friend. Remember when we won the City Cup as the Greenhaven Hawks? I remember showing up just before game time because my parent’s and I were coming home from South Shore. Why they took me up there when they knew we had a Final game on Sunday?? I coached all of my kids soccer teams when they were younger and I still coach one of them. I always took the team name “The Hawks”. Thanks again.for the good times. cheers Ty

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