OBITUARY

Darian Spencer Chasteen

September 15, 1965May 7, 2021
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Perhaps, Darian Spencer Chasteen wasn’t born with superpowers when he entered the world on September 15, 1965 in Jeffersonville, IN to Bill and Joyce Chasteen; but his super strength, unwavering faith, and beaming light for Jesus certainly shined brightly as Superman traded his cape for angel wings and flew, in glorious victory, cheered on by his stunning wife and incredible children, to rest in the arms of Jesus, Friday May 7, 2021. Superman was called home after a nearly 4 year battle with the nefarious villain, Cancer (Soft tissue sarcoma), who has plagued our society for far too long. HE WON as we all knew he would.

Civilians may know Superman best as Darian, DC, or Boss, and thank him for his service protecting our city through his career as a civil engineer, spending the past 31 years with the US Army Corps of Engineers. D spent 20 years as Chief of River Engineering, and under his leadership, River Engineering reshaped navigation on the mighty Mississippi River. He was recently awarded the Bronze De Fleury Medal for his outstanding service, dedication and contribution to the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Darian was welcomed into heaven by his brother, Vince Chasteen, and both are racing Hot Rods in Heaven. Commissioned to carry on D’s legacy, along with his parents, are his high school sweetheart and beautiful soulmate; Leanne Sammons Chasteen, daughter; Dr. Ashley Chasteen Morgan (Matt), son; Spencer Chasteen, sister; Michelle Chasteen Cantwell and the light of his life, his granddaughters; Lucy and London Morgan.

Visitation will take place Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 12pm – 2pm with a Celebration of Life service to follow at 2pm at the Collierville United Methodist Church Poplar Sanctuary. At Superman’s request, only happy tears will be accepted. Please leave your traditional funeral garb in the closet and come in your most joyful attire, prepared to get your Praise on!

The family asks that memorials be sent to LaLimye Ministries https://lalimye.org/ , MD Anderson Sarcoma Center http://mdacc.convio.net/goto/chasteen, or New Day Children’s Theatre (telling his daughter in his final days on Earth, “don’t tell your mom- but her dreams are mine”) https://www.newdaytheatre.org/donate .

  • FAMILY

  • Bill and Joyce Chasteen, Parents
  • Vince Chasteen, Brother (deceased)
  • Leanne Sammons Chasteen, High school sweetheart and beautiful soulmate
  • Dr. Ashley Chasteen Morgan (Matt), Daughter
  • Spencer Chasteen, Son
  • Michelle Chasteen Cantwell, Sister
  • Lucy and London Morgan, The light of his life, his granddaughters

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 5, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, June 5, 2021

Memories

Darian Spencer Chasteen

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Tasha Holmes

June 5, 2021

To Matt and your lovely family in love,
We share in this great loss to your family. May God walk with you all during this time.

Tasha Holmes and the Leadership Collierville Board of Trustees

Molly & Eric Stevens

June 5, 2021

I work with Joyce and Chase Cahsteen as well as Matt Morgan. My heart is broken for your sweet family as you say goodbye to an amazing man, son, husband, father, uncle & grandfather. My family will hold your family in our hearts and prayers as you grieve such a terrible loss. God bless you all.

Joette Story

May 18, 2021

So very sorry for your loss! May God give you strength and peace during this difficult time. “D” will be forever missed! Love you all!

Sandra Brewer

May 17, 2021

Leanne and Family, I met D when I was on a detail in the USACE Division. Even though I was a born and bred Yankee and even more shocking - a biologist- D was most gracious and very giving of his time in teaching me the basics of river engineering. He was a fantastic mentor. I am very sorry for your loss and yet I know your memories and faith will be a comfort and keep D close to you always.

Jerry Welch

May 14, 2021

Darian was a joy to work with at the Corps of Engineers. He was always a professional and excelled at common sense and a zeal to do the very best thing for those we served. His faith in the Lord was apparent by the way he served and his positive attitude. I know heaven is going to be a really neat place because folks like him are going to be there. May the Lord bless and comfort all his loved ones in the days ahead.

Happy Trails Darian!

Jerry Welch, Retired Former Chief of Cost & Relocations, Memphis Corps



Conrad Stacks

May 14, 2021

Darian & I met at Memphis State. I chose to attend engineering school at the age of 32 & Darian was obviously younger. However he & I became friends going through the challenges of civil engineering classes. After many years working for other organizations I went to work for the Memphis District & had the pleasure of working with my friend Darian for 20 years. It is difficult to lose such a friend & colleague. God bless Darian & his family .

Metra Reid

May 14, 2021

Although I never got to meet Superman, Ashley made it seem that I had. She has shared her family with me with such love. One of my favorite memories is when Ashley took Lucy & London to see their grandparents at the lake. She shared the video with me, and I watched as the sweet little girls ran to them squealing as only children can...full of God’s complete, innocent joy...everyone laughing... Superman kneeling down and sweeping them into his arms, and “Mrs. Superman” sharing in their happiness with a smile that reflected her heart. These moments “on film” are miracles that God allows us to save and cherish, reminding each of us how precious our loved ones are and our time is here on earth...to be reunited someday in Heaven.
God Bless,
Met

Joel Brown

May 13, 2021

Darian Spencer Chasteen was one of the best engineers I have had the pleasure of working with. His attitude and dedication are in inspiration to me. I look forward to engineering in God's kingdom with him, provided I make the cut.

Kimberly Tutt

May 13, 2021

Words fail to express my deep sorrow for your loss.
My heart goes out to you and your family

Charlotte Peterson

May 11, 2021

Darian and Vince were little tykes when I met their mom and dad through tennis. I had the privilege of baby sitting them and taking them to the fair. I have loved the family for a long time and it breaks my heart that both have left this life, but rejoicing they are celebrating in heaven with Jesus. Darian fulfilled his purpose on this earth by living for Jesus and sharing Him through is illness. I know he would be honored if we all put Jesus first in our lives and lived for HIm. Blessings and love to all the Chasteens. To my friends Joyce and Bill, one day you will know why God called your sons home so early and I have to believe He knows best.

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Biography

Perhaps, Darian Spencer Chasteen wasn’t born with superpowers when he entered the world on September 15, 1965 in Jeffersonville, IN to Bill and Joyce Chasteen; but his super strength, unwavering faith, and beaming light for Jesus certainly shined brightly as Superman traded his cape for angel wings and flew, in glorious victory, cheered on by his stunning wife and incredible children, to rest in the arms of Jesus, Friday May 7, 2021. Superman was called home after a nearly 4 year battle with the nefarious villain, Cancer (Soft tissue sarcoma), who has plagued our society for far too long. HE WON as we all knew he would.

Civilians may know Superman best as Darian, DC, or Boss, and thank him for his service protecting our city through his career as a civil engineer, spending the past 31 years with the US Army Corps of Engineers. D spent 20 years as Chief of River Engineering, and under his leadership, River Engineering reshaped navigation on the mighty Mississippi River. He was recently awarded the Bronze De Fleury Medal for his outstanding service, dedication and contribution to the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Darian was welcomed into heaven by his brother, Vince Chasteen, and both are racing Hot Rods in Heaven. Commissioned to carry on D’s legacy, along with his parents, are his high school sweetheart and beautiful soulmate; Leanne Sammons Chasteen, daughter; Dr. Ashley Chasteen Morgan (Matt), son; Spencer Chasteen, sister; Michelle Chasteen Cantwell and the light of his life, his granddaughters; Lucy and London Morgan.

Visitation will take place Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 12pm – 2pm with a Celebration of Life service to follow at 2pm at the Collierville United Methodist Church Poplar Sanctuary. At Superman’s request, only happy tears will be accepted. Please leave your traditional funeral garb in the closet and come in your most joyful attire, prepared to get your Praise on!

The family asks that memorials be sent to LaLimye Ministries https://lalimye.org/ , MD Anderson Sarcoma Center http://mdacc.convio.net/goto/chasteen, or New Day Children’s Theatre (telling his daughter in his final days on Earth, “don’t tell your mom- but her dreams are mine”) https://www.newdaytheatre.org/donate .