Donald G. Stedman: A Quietly Great Man
Donald G. Stedman passed away on Father’s Day, 2018. Though the passing of famous people may be mentioned by the media, there are many more truly great people who die each day without public fanfare. But they are giants, nonetheless, and the real secrets to the success of America. Pillars of strength in their neighborhoods, churches, and families. Trustworthy business leaders, dedicated patriots, and all-star examples of integrity and character. Don Stedman was a stellar model of all of the above. His persona was on the gentle and quiet side, but his presence and influence was massive in the lives of those who were blessed to know him. As one nephew said, Don Stedman was a “quietly great man.”
Born in 1928, Don was a WWII veteran who served in Japan during the occupation. He spent his entire career at only one company—Chevron—in southern California, Utah, Alaska (where he experienced the 1964 9.3 earthquake), San Francisco, Concord, and San Ramon. After his 1986 retirement as “Employee Relations Manager, Western Region,” he volunteered 21 years at the Contra Costa Sheriff’s office, over 12 years for HICAP seniors counseling, served on the Boy Scouts Eagle Council, and in 2003 was honored nationally as Chevron’s #1 volunteer. He was actively involved in his church in every city he ever lived in, even helping to start two Independent Christian Churches in cities that lacked one.
Don was an avid reader and golfer (and scored his only hole-in-one as an 80 year old). He enjoyed doing various handyman projects with his sons and organizing scrapbooks and coin collections with his daughter. To his family and friends, Don was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. But the love of his life was his wife, Gay, his constant companion for over 66 years of marriage.
He is also survived by his three children, Randy, Rick, and Teri, 7 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two sisters-in-law, two daughters-in-law, three granddaughters-in-law, and 3 nieces and 3 nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 30, at 2 PM, at Walnut Creek Church of Christ at 500 Minert Rd.