Chester Arthur "Chet" Soares (1956 - 2018)

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Kenai resident Chester Arthur Soares 62, passed away January 13th at Providence Hospital after a lengthy battle with lymphoma. Chet left this earth surrounded by those he loved most, his children.

Chet was born January 5th 1956 in Oakland California to William "Sonny" and Mary "Chris" Soares. In 1970 the family moved from Oakland to Kenai. Chet graduated from KCHS in 1974. He worked for Air Land Transport for 19 years and Carlile Transportation, before suffering a stroke in 2011 that left him unable to work. He also loved calling bingo in the 1990s and early 2000s.

His family wrote, "Our Dad loved circle track racing, he ran Twin City Raceway for many years and started the night races racing under the lights in 2004, something he was very proud of. He was looking forward to getting back into racing this summer with his brother, Frank. He loved NASCAR and the Oakland Raiders, but more than anything he loved his grandchildren. He had the biggest heart, and would give anyone the shirt off his back or even his last dollar. He never met a stranger."

He is proceeded into death by his parents, William and Mary Soares.

Chet will be missed by many but in particular, his children, Billy Soares, Ashliey Purcell and T.J. Soares all of Kenai.
Grandchildren, Jackson and Ryland Purcell, Devon Armstrong, Lexi and Raynen Soares.
Brothers Cliff (Sherry) Soares of Washington, Frank (Sherian) Soares of Kenai, Sister Julie (Mike) Holland of Reno.
Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

A celebration of life will be held at 2pm Saturday February 3rd at the American Legion in Kenai. Please bring your favorite story to share.

Arrangements were made by legacy funeral home.

Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Jan. 26, 2018