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Johnny Lauren Kasten 1951 - 2013
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July 19, 2014
DONELLA: CAN NOT BELIEVE THAT JOHN HAS NOT BEEN ON THIS EARTH FOR A YEAR!!! LIFE DOES GO ON BUT JOHN WILL ALWAYS HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN OUR HEARTS.
PAT & RICK HIRSCHBERG, LA QUINTA, CA
August 02, 2013
There is a few people in this world that you can say are truly genuine. Coach kasten was definitely one of those people. I am just glad to have had the opportunity to reconnect with coach on the football field this past year. You will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jason and the rest of the kasten family. God bless.
July 30, 2013
Dear Family, John will always hold a special place in our hearts. He was quick with a joke and gave the best hugs on coming and going. He teased this cousin unmercifully, Ray still loves to tell the story of our first date at the Elks Lodge Luau, and John's with a twinkle in his eyes with his announcement when Ray won the Lei... but I always knew it was with love, why else would he sit at a wedding reception for hours untangling my necklace :) And we all witnessed first hand the love he held for his family. He is watching over you all. Love you guys
July 30, 2013
My deepest condolences to the entire Kasten family. I first met John in kindergarten and he was a friend from then on, throughout our school years. Our dads were friends also, I last saw him at a wedding celebration and we chit chatted awhile, he was a talker, but in a good way. He will definitely be missed. May God bless you all during this difficult time.
July 30, 2013
John, you will be missed! I hope you got to enjoy that bottle of wine I brought you last time I saw you. You are in our prayers. Muto family
July 29, 2013
Although I was not able to share in your grief in person, please know that grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your love ones today and always. Thank you John for many years of friendship. We shall cherish the memories forever.

Maria Rios and family
July 29, 2013
My Deepest Sympathy to the Kasten Family......John was not only our mechanic, but a Great friend of our Family.....may God give you all Strength & Peace to get through these days....Love Rodriguez Family
July 28, 2013
John, I thank God for putting in my life friends like you. Not a good bye, but till we meet again. My prayers are with your family.
July 28, 2013
Oh John! I saw you on July 9. You fixed my car's battery fast so I could get to a doctor appointment on time. How I wish I could turn back time. I would skip the doctor and have a longer conversation with you. You were always so nice and helpful to me. I will miss you. Say hello to Cecil and Daron for me.
July 27, 2013
I just heard this evening that John moved into the next life and I already miss him greatly. I am disappointed that I didn't know in time to pay my respects in person so I shall attempt to do so here. He was one of the good people, some call them angels, that cross our paths from time to time. I say this for many reasons, but most simply, John always made me feel better after leaving his shop than when I came in. I enjoyed talking with him so much. He was a Renaissance man, able to express himself with eloquence and compassion about almost everything,even Shakespeare! He cared for others, especially those less fortunate, and seem guided by something greater than himself. To his family I express my deepest condolences for your loss. My sincere hope is that you will feel his loving presence in a new way, for surely his spirit will always be with you and with those of us blessed by his presence.
July 27, 2013
Johnny was a special,honest, helpful,friendly,intelligent soul who will be missed by everyone in my family. I guess God needed him for some difficult assignment in heaven. Thank you for every thing you did for us. Friend always Lou Fiore Thousand Palms
July 27, 2013
DEAR Donella and family so sorry for your loss i was so sad to hear of JOHN passing i loved him like a brother which in my heart he was and always will be.please know my payers are with you
July 27, 2013
my deepest condolences to John's mother, brother, sister, wife, children and grandchildren. and to everyone who knew him, my sympathies, for his passing will leave some kind of void in all our lives. to the family, take care, prosper and God bless. to John, while you're up there(and i'm sure you are) work on your handicap.
July 26, 2013
John, so sorry you left us and family prayers. Merle Riddle
July 26, 2013
Dear Mrs Kasten: I was shocked and saddened to hear of John's passing. He will be greatly missed. The best mechanic I ever had. With my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Olga Teague
July 26, 2013
John was a very good friend and there is no doubt he will be missed by all. He was taken from us way to soon. My heart goes out to his lovely family. He was so proud of his wife, his kids Jason and Katie and his grandchildren and spoke of them all the time. He leaves us with such fond memories. He remains in our hearts forever.
July 26, 2013
I was so saddened to learn of John's passing. I have such fond memories of a great friend from high school. Although I don't get home often, I would always make it a point to swing through Cecil's to say a quick hello. It is a special human being who is remembered with love and fondness 50 years after first meeting class. I am certain he is instantly striking up new friendships as he passes through the pearly gates. He will be missed.

Cindy Cotton Brady
July 26, 2013
Our favorite mechanic and dear friend John has left us to make a better life in heaven. I just wanted to let him know that he will always be remember by our family. Thanks for all you did for us John and my son Damian said he sure is going to miss the football talks you and he had many times. Take care friend - Kenne, Damian, Justin Kersey and Leticia Casillas
July 26, 2013
We knew John as our faithful and trustworthy mechanic for many years.
Whenever John had time, he would share an interesting story which had a lesson to it.
We enjoyed hearing about the family and seeing Nancy still doing book work at Cecil's.
We just thank The Lord that John will be able to retire in a heavenly mansion by the grace of The Lord.
July 26, 2013
Sending our love, prayers and deepest condolences to the Kasten family.
The Butvidas Family
July 26, 2013
John, you worked with a smile on your face, and that gave me confidence that you knew what you were doing... My family will miss your smile and your dedication to us your customers.. You will be missed my friend.
Jesse Vasquez..
July 25, 2013
I can't believe he is gone. He was my substitute teacher for science in middle school and later in life when I met my husband he was his mechanic. he remembered me. This is so sad. My deepest condolence to his family. He was a good man!
July 25, 2013
ONCE IN A LIFETIME, YOU CROSS PATHS WITH SOMEONE SPECIAL AND YOU ARE NOT SURE WHY...AS TIME PASSES, HOWEVER, YOU REALIZE THAT EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON...EVEN THOUGH OUR PATHS CROSSED WIH JOHN IN OUR LATER YEARS, WE WERE BOTH GREATFUL AND THANKFUL FOR THAT CHANCE..YOU WILL FOREVER REMAIN IN OUR HEARTS, JOHN.
July 25, 2013
Words cannot express our sadness of John's passing. His loving character and generosity will be missed. May all of the wonderful memories get his family through this difficult time.
July 25, 2013
Donella, Jason, Katie and all of the Kasten Family, I cant express to you all in words how saddened I am... I know John brought so much love & guidance to his family because it is apparent in the wonderful family legacy following him..Although I cannot believe that he was taken so quickly and unexpectedly.. My heart is with you guys and will see you on Saturday.
July 25, 2013
ONCE IN A LIFETIME, SOMEONE SUPER SPECIAL CROSSES YOUR PATH AND, AT THE TIME, YOU WONDER WHY. AS TIME GOES BY, HOWEVER, YOU NO LONGER WONDER WHY...BECAUSE EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON...ALTHOUGH WE FELT FORTUNATE AND GREATFUL MEETING JOHN LATER ON IN OUR LIVES, HE WILL FOREVER HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN OUR HEARTS.
July 25, 2013
Our deepenst sympathy and condolences go to the Kasten family. We were shocked to hear of his passing which was way too soon. Ten years ago, Cecil's was recommended to us and we have never met a more caring, friendly and honest man in the automotive repair business. May the Lord and your memories comfort you at this time until you will be together again.
July 24, 2013
My heart goes out to the Kasten family....John will be missed on Sage Street at Jim's Radiator for sure.... He would stop by every day with his bright smile. May you be comforted by your wonderful memories. God Bless you all.
July 24, 2013
Dear Donalla, Nancy,Fred and family
I can't even begin to tell all of you how much my heart ache for all of you. I know when the right words just don't exist...and times when feelings are to deep to express. My prayer are with you all at this time and my thoughts are with you every day. I was told years ago that time was the best healer. I really can't say if that's true, but I do know that memories will help us along the way. May peace be with you all with Gods blessings.
Much Love to You all.
Norma Maxwell
July 24, 2013
My prayers and thoughts are with your family.
July 24, 2013
I am sure Aunt Glady welcomed him with open arms. My heartfelt condolences to the family
July 24, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you can find a measure of comfort in prayer and in the scriptures like John 6:40 that says we can see our dear loved ones again.
July 24, 2013
Fred, Jamie, & The Kasten Family,
I am very saddened to hear of John's passing. What Cecil and John built in downtown Indio was very special. My thoughts and prayers are with the Kasten Family during this difficult time.
July 24, 2013
My deepest condolences on your lost, I've known john since high school I always considered him a friend always decent and kind with a good since of humor I will miss him. Rod Smith IHS '67
July 24, 2013
Kasten Family,My condolences with thoughts and Prayers at your time of sorrow.It was a big surprise when I heard of John's passing I have known him and his family for years,RIP John.
July 24, 2013
John, John, John...your leaving us so early has broken our hearts. We miss you, Dear One.
July 24, 2013
We are deeply saddened to hear about John's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family. He was always a pleasure to be around and will be missed.
July 24, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers to the entire Kastan family. We have been friends for many years and will miss your happy face. God Bless. Eddie and Joyce Gomez.
July 24, 2013
I am so sad to hear of John's sudden, and way too early, passing. One of the good, old Indio boys. Many blessings to the family, and I pray for your comfort and peace.
July 24, 2013
My prayers go out the the Kasten Family. John was not only a great mechanic who to took great care of all his customers he was also a wonderful family friend for many years. He will be greatly missed by our family.
July 24, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Kasten. I will always remember John, he was such a nice man and a great friend to my Grandpa Nabor. My family will miss John.
July 24, 2013
We are shocked and so sad to learn of John's passing. He was a wonderful kind and caring individual. We have known him for many years and it was a pleasure to visit him at Cecil's and do business win him. He will truly be missed. Our hearts go out to his family
Dottie and Max Ralph
July 24, 2013
I will miss John's gentle spirit and genuine display of welcome every time he would see me. I always felt as if I was not only a welcomed member of his circle, but an integral part of it. Donella, Aunt Nancy, Katie, Jason and Jamie, and family, although I cannot be there to share in your grief in person, know that I am there in thoughts and spirit. My love to you all.
July 24, 2013
We are shocked and so sad to learn of John's passing. He was a wonderful kind and caring individual. We have known him for many years and it was a pleasure to visit him at Cecil's and do business win him. He will truly be missed. Our hearts go out to his family
Dottie and Max Ralph
July 24, 2013
You will truly be missed! You left too early. I have good memories thru out the years and working with you at the shop after hours, especially when you would bring me a shasta and morgans from the house. Still one of my favorite drinks! Like your dad, you always had a joke to tell. Our prayers go out to all of the family. Love Rick, Betty, Alahna and Alec MacMillan
July 24, 2013
So very saddened with this news. As a customer of John's I always appreciated his care of my car and felt confident when needing anything pertaining to it. His friendly personality will be greatly missed. We have lost a good friend. Condolences to the family.
July 24, 2013
SUPER GUY!! JOHN WAS ALWAYS GOOD AND FAIR TO ME FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS. ALWAYS ENJOYED TALKING TO HIM (NONE BUSINESS) MAY HE REST IN PEACE!!
July 24, 2013
As I told you many times, before my husband passed away 5 years ago, he made sure that I continued to trust only you for maintenance on my vehicles. When you found out that Al had passed away, you were so kind, generous and caring. Your passing came as a shock and I'm deeply saddened for your family. I know that you are in paradise now. Thank you for the many many years of generosity. Rest in peace.
July 24, 2013
To all the Kasten Family!

John was my rehab counselor, and he was very good at it. He was always there for support and help when I needed it.
Later in the years when I was working in the automotive business we crossed paths again.

Even though he wasn't a counselor anymore he still was checking up on how I was doing. He was a great person and became a great friend.
My prayers and thoughts are with all of the family at this sad time.
July 24, 2013
Our heart goes out to the entire Kasten Family. John was an exceptional person and a pleasure to work with. I will miss his smile and warm greetings down at the shop. The Burton Family sends their best thoughts and prayers to John's whole family.
July 24, 2013
We are both Shocked to see the news about John. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. What a kind and gentle man. God must have needed him to take him this early. John, you made a difference and will be missed!
July 24, 2013
Johnny B Goode - we love you and miss you. We've been through the ups & downs and all around the dance floor with you. So many great memories made together. Peace to you and your family.
July 23, 2013
Donella, Katie, Jason, Nancy, Fred & Jamie -
My heart is heavy with the loss of John. I would surely attend the celebration of life on Saturday if I were not in New Hampshire. Recalling the very fond pool table antics on Sage St. of many, many years ago. Big hugs to you all. I am so sorry for this sudden sadness.
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