GALEN CHASTAIN APR 18, 1936 - DEC 5, 2018
Galen Chastain passed away peacefully at home on December 5, 2018. Born on April 18, 1936 near Mangum Oklahoma, he was the son of George and Nancy Chastain. He has been a resident of Merced since 1952 where he graduated from high school in 1954.
He earned a Bachelor or Arts degree from UC Berkeley and a Master of Science degree from the University of Santa Clara. After a two year commission in the U.S. Army, he began his career in education as a mathematics teacher and as a school administrator. He retired from full-time service in 1995 and continued to provide interim administrative duties in various Merced County school districts.
Galen is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Karen L. Chastain, sons Craig (Teresa), Scott, and Keith (Jill Settera). He has six grandchildren, Sarah, Joshua, Jacob, Naomi, Kyle and Lindsey and also four greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Denny Chastain, and his sister, Norma White.
Service to the community was one of his priorities, especially through the Rotary Clubs of Merced where he had longtime memberships.
At Galen’s request, there will be no public service. The immediate family will have a private memorial at a later date.