Steve Dain
DR. STEVE DAIN, MA, DC, ND 1939 - 2007 Steve passed away peacefully on October 10, 2007 at home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Robyn, and stepdaughters Donna Weber of Fremont and Suzanne Robbins of Eugene, Oregon. He is also survived by his brother Douglas Richards of Brentwood, his sister Janis Richards of Dublin, 3 nephews and 1 niece. Steven was born July 9, 1939 in Oakland, CA, son of the late Frank and Doris Richards. He graduated from Oakland Tech High School in 1957. He continued his education and received his B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1961. He received his Masters Degree in Physical Education and Child Development from Berkeley in 1963. Steve's teaching career began at Arroyo High School, and continued at Mission, Kennedy, and Emeryville High Schools, where he had the greatest impact of his teaching career. Through his caring attitude, he developed close bonds with his students. His open-door policy helped to provide guidance and success for students who were previously struggling. His love of anatomy and the sciences led him on a new path in 1985. He entered Life Chiropractic College West, graduating in 1988 with his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. Upon graduation, he opened a small practice in Union City. This enabled him to do what he loves most, helping, healing and guiding all those who came in contact with him. It wasn't long before he was also back teaching at Life Chiropractic College West and Ohlone College. His continuing love of learning led him to complete a Doctor of Naturopathy Degree in 2006. His dynamic personality and vast knowledge had students, friends, family and others seeking his guidance on various subjects. His acceptance of everyone was just one of his exceptional qualities. Students, patients, family, and friends found Steve easily approachable about ANY subject. His healing hands, love and caring has touched thousands of lives over the years. Many throughout the years have expressed their inspiration, love, gratitude and devotion to him. He was loved by all. Throughout all his endeavors, his love of animals never diminished. His eclectic collection has included a rabbit, a raccoon, an iguana, rats, pot-bellied pigs, cats, fish, birds, and a variety of dogs ranging from a Fox Terrier to Great Danes. This earned him the nickname of "Dr. Doolittle", of which he was proud. Steve was originally diagnosed in 2001 with breast cancer. It returned in 2004 and then again in August of 2007. He fought a vigilant fight right up to the end. He continued to live every day to the fullest and enjoyed each and every moment. Steve was truly one of a kind. His love, caring and compassion will be missed by all. Services will be held Saturday, October 20, 2007 at Eden United Church of Christ, 21455 Birch Street, Hayward at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Dr. Steve Dain Scholarship Fund in care of Life Chiropractic College West, 25001 Industrial Blvd., Hayward, CA or to the Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation of Fremont.
Published by ANG Newspapers from Oct. 13 to Oct. 14, 2007.
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Piecing together the tapestry of my life, I came across this obituary about the most genuine human being I have ever known, Steve Dain. I truly loved this man, who I engaged as a therapist back in 1978 when I was only 18. I cannot remember how I found him, but Steve literally saved my life. He was the real deal, beautiful inside and out. I will always remember and admire his courage, tenacity and insistence upon living an authentic life, no matter the cost. Rest well valiant warrior, you will always be alive in my heart.
Susan Rees Rosquist
January 20, 2021
Steve, my husband and I had been great friends for many, many years. We lived in the same Union City neighborhood and shared a common interest in animals and holistic medicine. I always looked forward to my visits as his patient/friend because we always had something to talk about but somehow never had time to finish our talks so we always had something to look forward to the next time we met. We appreciated the caring and compassionate way he handled his patients and the extra time he took to comfort them. Our deepest and sincerest sympathies to all his loved ones, especially to Robyn.
Brenda & Eddie Alves
October 26, 2007
Dr. Dain was my professor at Life West. He was truly an inspiration to me. I learned so much about HEALING from him and his wife. They helped me and my family when both of my parents were diagnosed with illnesses. Dr. Dain was a treasure to the chiropractic profession. My deepest sympathies goes out to his family. He was an awesome, awesome guy.
Dr. Elizabeth Hesse Sheehan and family
Elizabeth Hesse
October 25, 2007
I first met Steve when he was a P.E. teacher at Emeryville High School many years ago. Over the ensuing years, my wife and I kept in touch with him. Steve eventually bought a home near ours in Union City and our sons were his paper boys. He was a wonderful influence on them and they enjoyed dropping by to visit and going bowling with him. We just recently were informed of his passing. Our deepest condolences to Robyn and the entire family. We will always remember Steve's kindness, his joy of life, his wonderful smile, and his passion for everything he did. It is a great personal loss. We will miss him terribly.
Richard and Rita Nahm
Richard Nahm
October 22, 2007
Dr. Dain was a teacher of mine several years ago. He made the class fun and was always one of the most sought after teachers. My condolences to his family.
October 22, 2007
I just found out today via e-mail of Dr. Dain's passing. It took me by surprise. He was a passionate man and I learned more from him than I even realized I had at the time. I consider myself very blessed to have known him. I am so sorry for his family's loss...and our loss of such a loving and passionate man.
Dr. Jennifer Padrta
October 21, 2007
I remember Steve vividly from our shared days at Oakland Tech. He was always vibrant, had a terrific smile and was great looking!
Al Perez
October 20, 2007
I attended Oakland Tech with Steve and remember him fondly. My condolences to his family.
robert osborne
October 18, 2007
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