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Tuesday, 31 December 2013 11:15

Stephen "Coach" Feaver Obituary

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Stephen "Coach" Feaver
June 1948 ~ December 2013

Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, Jan. 3rd, 11 am, at Monte Vista Chapel.

Beloved and legendary Turlock High School Water Polo Coach Steve Feaver passed away on the morning of Dec. 11 after a battle with cancer.

“A piece of the culture of Turlock High School and our community has been lost but certainly will not be forgotten,” said Turlock Unified School District Superintendent Sonny Da Marto. “The number of students and athletes who have been inspired by Steve Feaver has been tremendous, and we know that these young people will continue to live and practice his teachings.”

Feaver retired in 2011 after a 39 year-career as Turlock High School's water polo coach. He led the Bulldogs to 15 Central California Conference championships, one Sac-Joaquin Section championship in 1990, and five undefeated CCC seasons.

“Coach Feaver left his mark on many of us,” former player Tommy Tickenoff said. “Through polo he taught us life lessons and pushed us to be better men, in and out of the pool. He was loved and his memory will always be cherished.”

In 2006 the THS Aquatic Center was renovated and renamed in honor of Feaver, who starteed teaching at THS in 1971. Feaver led the Bulldogs to a home record of 40-3 in the Feaver Aquatic Center, from its 2007 opening to his 2011 retirement.

“I played for him, was mentored by him, and coached alongside him for almost 10 years. He was like a second father to me,” said Ryan Denis, Feaver’s former player and a fellow coach from 2002 to 2011. “The thing that I find most sad and ironic is that he found out shortly after he retired that he had this cancer, he gave his whole life to the education of youth and the sport of water polo and swimming and when he retires to spend time with family he was called home. He had a quote that I will remember him by forever, 'We are all just players on a team and God is the coach, whatever he decides our next move is I'm okay with it because he's the coach and I'm a part of the team.'”

Feaver finished his career with 750 overall wins, the most in the history of boys water polo in the Sac-Joaquin Section. He had a 373-106 career record in CCC games.

Feaver also coached the Turlock High School Varsity Boys Swim Team from 1971 to 2009. In that time span, the swim team won 20 CCC championships, with 18 undefeated CCC seasons.


Feaver is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Virginia; his daughter Erika Jimenez and her husband Nick, his son Ryan Feaver and his wife Karla, his grandchildren Natalie and Noelle Jimenez and Molly and Charlie Feaver, as well as his brother Cliff Feaver.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 1660 Arbor Way, Turlock, CA 95380; the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, pancan.org; or Sequoia Lake Conference of YMCAs, 49716 Highway 180, Miramonte, CA 93641.

Memorial service will be at Monte Vista Chapel on Friday, Jan 3rd at 11 am.


- Previously submitted content by the Feaver family and/or Allen Mortuary was deleted as requested by Turlock Journal due to a complaint of plagiarism. The current information is from the intial announcement of Mr. Feaver's passing: Legendary Turlock High School Water Polo Coach Steve Feaver Passes

 
Please share your memories and condolences at www.AllenMortuary.com.



To view more Turlock Obituaries submitted by local funeral homes, families, and loved ones, visit the TurlockCityNews.com Obituaries page.
 
 

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  1. SAD

It's sad that the Journal had to being negative attention to a celebration of a great man's life. The author is stated as "Obituary" and not anybody who would like to steal the credit for writing this. I'm sure the family or Allen's Mortuary...

It's sad that the Journal had to being negative attention to a celebration of a great man's life. The author is stated as "Obituary" and not anybody who would like to steal the credit for writing this. I'm sure the family or Allen's Mortuary appreciates the trouble you have caused and on this day especially. I give the Turlock Journal credit for being petty and caring about making money off someone who had given so much to the Turlock community. This obituary doesn't even have advertisements like the other articles on this website. Turlock appreciated all the good work Turlock City News.

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  1. Really??

Really?? Is the Turlock journal going to sue families for plagiarism of their own family's obituary? That is sad.
What if none of us buy the paper or tell them about news when we see it?

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  1. Anonymous

No one is suing anyone. The journal reporters worked very hard to honour Mr. Feaver, by writing an article that took time to reflect on his life and contributions to aquatic athleticism as opposed to simply copying and pasting something to get...

No one is suing anyone. The journal reporters worked very hard to honour Mr. Feaver, by writing an article that took time to reflect on his life and contributions to aquatic athleticism as opposed to simply copying and pasting something to get page-views and website traffic. Don't be dramatic, they politely asked to have the content written by the journal's reporter to be cited or removed as per traditional journalistic standards and conduct. It was not content that was contributed by the family, it was content that was researched and written by the journal's sports writer because they felt that his achievements called for more than a traditional obituary. Now, refrain from using the comment section as a means to defame people and instead use it to celebrate this great man's life and tenure as a pillar for Turlock sports. Thank you and God Bless the Feaver family and its friends.

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  1. what really happened

http://www.turlockjournal.com/archives/23216/
this is the link to the article that the journal had written, as you will see it says it is written by Frankie Tovar, the journal's sports reporter. it was not content that was submitted by the family...

http://www.turlockjournal.com/archives/23216/
this is the link to the article that the journal had written, as you will see it says it is written by Frankie Tovar, the journal's sports reporter. it was not content that was submitted by the family or by the mortuary that was called out for plagiarism, it was content written by a reporter of the journal who took his time researching and writing an ode to Mr. Feaver's life and contribution to Turlock. Turlock City News had copied and pasted his article word for word, and put the author as "obituary" instead of taking the time to write their own story, or receive information from the Feaver family or the obit by Allen Mortuary. It would seem that it is not the Journal being petty here, rather a "news" agency who won't admit their wrongdoing and take the appropriate responsibility for stealing another writer's own work, but instead make it out to seem that it was content submitted by the mortuary or family (when it wasn't) so that they'll look like the "victims".

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  1. Big Frank

No one is suing anyone. The journal reporters worked very hard to honour Mr. Feaver, by writing an article that took time to reflect on his life and contributions to aquatic athleticism as opposed to simply copying and pasting something to get...

No one is suing anyone. The journal reporters worked very hard to honour Mr. Feaver, by writing an article that took time to reflect on his life and contributions to aquatic athleticism as opposed to simply copying and pasting something to get page-views and website traffic. Don't be dramatic, they politely asked to have the content written by the journal's reporter to be cited or removed as per traditional journalistic standards and conduct. It was not content that was contributed by the family, it was content that was researched and written by the journal's sports writer because they felt that his achievements called for more than a traditional obituary. Now, refrain from using the comment section as a means to defame people and instead use it to celebrate this great man's life and tenure as a pillar for Turlock sports. Thank you and God Bless the Feaver family and its friends.

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  1. Big Frank

http://www.turlockjournal.com/archives/23216/
this is the link to the article that the journal had written, as you will see it says it is written by Frankie Tovar, the journal's sports reporter. it was not content that was submitted by the family...

http://www.turlockjournal.com/archives/23216/
this is the link to the article that the journal had written, as you will see it says it is written by Frankie Tovar, the journal's sports reporter. it was not content that was submitted by the family or by the mortuary that was called out for plagiarism, it was content written by a reporter of the journal who took his time researching and writing an ode to Mr. Feaver's life and contribution to Turlock. Turlock City News had copied and pasted his article word for word, and put the author as "obituary" instead of taking the time to write their own story, or receive information from the Feaver family or the obit by Allen Mortuary. It would seem that it is not the Journal being petty here, rather a "news" agency who won't admit their wrongdoing and take the appropriate responsibility for stealing another writer's own work, but instead make it out to seem that it was content submitted by the mortuary or family (when it wasn't) so that they'll look like the "victims".

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  1. Guest

If it were the other way around would TCN call it petty? All of this did not have to be posted publicly. Perhaps everyone is being a little petty and not thinking of the family. But every click equals money.

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  1. Old

Unless it's a search engine then pay per click is so 1999. Remember the Napster era? Get a clue old people at the Turlock Urinal.

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