Chester Roy Banaag
April 29, 1963 – January 1, 2021
Dr. Chester Roy Banaag April 29, 1963 - January 1, 2021
Dr Chester Banaag was born to Dr Benjamin and Luz Banaag, born in Manila, Philippines the family decided to come back to California when Chester was only one year old. Chester grew up in Glendale and Simi Valley, California.
Blessed with many talents Chester started playing the trumpet at age 9, an instrument he introduced to both his sons Ryan and Riley, and for many years the father and sons played as a “trio” in church and other events. He also played the piano, accordion, Fugle Horn and French Horn. He loved singing with the church choir and has performed a few “Solo” numbers. As a student Chester was always a Valedictorian and was recognized for his scholastic achievements.
At the early age of 9 years old, Chester dreamed of becoming a Dentist and set-up practice in San Diego. As a child his family vacationed in San Diego, Chester fell in love with the city. He immediately moved to San Diego after completing his Dental degree from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 1989.
In 1989 He started a practice with Dr. Richard Disraeli. Dr. Chester Roy Banaag was in private practice in the Hillcrest area for 29 years. Chester was supported by the best staff members in Ruby, Tess, Abbey, Shirley and Sig. they remained a work family and served many patients. Their dental practice was the platform to heal and maintain dental health, all through out, Chester made sure that prayer and devotion was part of their meetings and daily practice. Until he retired in 2017.
Chester is an active member of the San Diego Filipino American Seventh Day Adventist Church. Instrumental in the building of the current church. He worked with four architectural firm challenging their designs, until he found “Building Gods Way” who came up with a design to accommodate Chester’s lofty requirements. For 13 years Chester and the church fasted, prayed, held prayer vigils as they built. Located on 3602 Bonita Road, Chula Vista, the San Diego Fil-Am Seventh Day Adventist Church is a reminder of Chester’s passion and Love for God, Family and Community.
Chester is an avid traveler he takes his family traveling every year to different Countries or different places within America. Since his retirement he added travel itineraries with his wife Gemma in addition to their family trips.
Once he retired Chester was blessed to have found a new passion in Pickle Ball. Chester was instrumental in the completion of the Mackenzie Creek Park the first Pickle Ball Park in the city of Chula Vista. Chester was designated by the USA Pickle Ball Association as the Ambassador, Team Liaison for San Diego County and was being offered the West Coast Ambassador role before he fell ill. Chester was known as a “Legend” among his friends in Pickle Ball having won numerous medals during tournaments, he leaves an indelible mark among his pickle ball family and in the sports of Pickle Ball.
Chester is survived by Gemma his wife of 29 years, sons Ryan Patrick and Riley Banaag. He is also survived by siblings: Dakota Jordan Banaag, Shirley Beth & husband Darwin Weis, Kami, Nathan, Cater & Lincoln Davis (niece & nephews), Dennis Ronnie & Brenda, Chloe (Niece)Banaag & Brandon & Travis (Nephews), & Glen Neal Banaag. Chester leaves a wonderful legacy – Gone too soon but will never be forgotten.
Additionally, Beth & Oliver Serrano (Sister & Brother in Law) Risa Marie (Niece), Nathan (Nephew), Ivy and Benn Flores (Sister & Brother in law) Zachary (Nephew) are all of Chester’s family.
May the love and strength from our Lord and savior Jesus Christ be our guide. May Chester’s Memories be an encouragement and source of inspiration for all of us to follow. Chester will be waiting to see us all on that Resurrection Morning, so let us be steadfast in our faith until that glorious day.
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Chester Roy Banaag
January 30, 2021
Dear Kuya Chester Banaag, When I moved to San Diego and looked for a dentist, I was very happy to find you. When Auntie Rebbie , then, Uncle Danny passed, you, Kris, and Gigi were my only link to them since time and circumstances removed any contact between my cousins and me. Thanks, Kuya, for subbing in for Kuya Dan & Kuya David. When you got sick, I automatically thought you were very strong and had many more years ahead of you Lily your dad. But God saw your work was done. We terribly miss you. We look forward to the day when our dear Best Friend will call us home.
January 27, 2021
Kuya Chester was a legend, he was funny, wise, witty, generous, and full of Love and jokes!! When I first moved to San Diego, Ate Gemma and Kuya Chester opened their house, for a Monday night bible study, and it was one of the things that I l really looked forward to during my week. Their house was full of delicious food, and I learned new truths in the Bible. Here are some of the photos that I took, while in Coronado. It was fun capturing all the photos... and sweet memories that day. Kuya Chester, you will be missed, and I'm so grateful for the impact you had on my life. ❤️
January 17, 2021
Truly a terrible loss. His warmth and caring attitude made going to the dentist a much less harrowing and painful experience. He had a smile that just made you feel you were in good hands and that you would be taken care of properly and with great skill. And seeing the same staff members over the years always reassured me that they were there because they wanted to be around a great boss. My condolences to them, his family and the community he made so much better.
January 17, 2021
Chester will forever remain a presence at McKenzie Creek Park for his dedication to pickleball. Watching him play with ease he inspired me to be a better player. It’s heartwarming to see Ryan and Riley on the courts continuing their dad’s passion for pickleball. Chester in his neon green colors, his humor and laughter will be missed but not forgotten. My deepest sympathies to the family.
John 3:16. For God so loved the world he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Ernie Medina, Jr.
January 16, 2021
Being a Filipino that did not grow up in SoCal (instead PA and MI), I didn’t meet Chester till I got into pickleball in 2016. We met at a tournament, and from that point on, we were best friends...off the court, that is!!! Being close in age and skill level, we would often be opponents facing each other across the net. I’d like to say that I easily won every matchup, but the truth is, his laid-back style of play was very deceptive! Even though he always wore big bulky braces on his knees, and sort of lumbered around the court, when the game was on, he would get to every ball!!! We are both competitors, but we were always laughing and joking with each other, dishing out the trash talk, even when it was a serious tournament! I’ll miss that a lot about him when we start back in tournaments.
I’ll also remember Oshkosh 2019. He helped me out in the Pickleball Honor area, where we helped almost 300 Pathfinders earn the honor and another 2000+ teens try out Pickelball. Chester was a big help with that and I’ll miss him at the next Oshkosh.
While he was able to finish like 1,340 pandemic projects around the house, he was taken away too soon because I’m sure he still had 1000 more projects left to do.
As a fellow USA Pickleball Abassador and Board of Directors member, I would like to say on behalf of the pickleball world that Chester was a model Ambassador, made an impression on everyone he met (especially when his hair was another color other than black), and a blast to be with on the court. We will greatly miss his presence and I look forward to meeting him again in full health at the resurrection day (1 Thess 4:13-18).
January 16, 2021
The first dentist that I had dental check up and cleaning eons ago, in Washington St by Mercy Hospital he was very professional, and has that genuine smile that never leave his face.
January 16, 2021
Dr. Chester Banaag was our family dentist since the 90’s until he retired 2017.
My son Ken and Ryan grow up together in the church and went to the same school since kindergarten til their 12th grade.
While our kids were in school when they need someone to pick up Ryan, I always bring him with us we went to the library and to my house.
They spent so much time in church activities, such as Adventurers, Pathfinders and many more. When our kids were grown up we started our small groups we meet every Tuesdays in different homes and when it’s held in my house we make sure we prepared his favorites like, ribs Bbq, siopao, Biko, kare kare and ginataan that has condensed milk.
We do hiking and eat out sometimes. When there is birthday celebrations for our group we eat out to celebrate. The last celebrations before Covid that we did was at Havier’s in UTC. We’ll be missing our dear friend and our meetings and celebrations will not be the same. I am so glad that Jesus is coming soon! He is sparing your life til the resurrection. We’ll see you in the morning. You’ll be in our hearts your legacy will go on...