Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

1150 South Dickerson Road, Goodlettsville, TN


Michael Lee Chestnut

January 14, 1964May 3, 2016
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Mike Chestnut born January 14, 1964, passed to eternal rest May 3, 2016.

Michael Chestnut was born and raised in central Pennsylvania. His parents were Lee and Beverly Chestnut. His childhood years were spent in the country, and he loved to spend time down by the creek looking for reptiles to keep as pets. He graduated from Cumberland Valley High School in 1981.

After Honorable service in the Air Force Mike joined his parents and brother in Los Angeles, California. Mike worked at American Airlines for 13 years as a mechanic. After he purchased a Kawasaki 750 Turbo he started a business focused on this particular motorcycle. He developed parts and procedures to increase the performance and helped hundreds of people around the world to modify and maintain the 750 Turbo for over 25 years.

In 1999 he quit his job at the airlines because his motorcycle business was growing, and decided to move to Tennessee where he purchased a house on the lake, and built his dream garage.

Mike had a love for pinball machines from his childhood, and when he built the garage he included a game room. After purchasing a few pinball machines, his mechanical talents led to repairs and modifications, and eventually full restorations of pinball machines. This business also grew, and flourished with hundreds more customers. Many were drawn to his high quality chrome and brass plating of the metal pieces and parts of the pinball machines. He was considered the best at pinball game restorations.

Mike’s true passion continued to be time spent riding motorcycles throughout the USA. He met up with many friends and joined together on riding adventures throughout the countryside. His focus was on Kawasaki motorcycles, and his mechanical talent and knowledge were showcased on the motorcycles he owned, and on the work he performed for others. His passion ran so deep, that even suffering physical injuries and constant pain, did not deter him from riding time and time again. To ride was living life to the fullest for Mike.

To everyone who had the privilege to know Mike and benefit from his many talents, we were all enriched by his presence in our lives. He was a hard working man with integrity and attention to detail. Words alone cannot express all that he meant to his family, friends, and customers. May he rest in peace.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Monday May 9, at Two o'clock in the afternoon at the Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Monday from noon until the hour of the service at the funeral home.


  • Visitation

    Monday, May 9, 2016

  • A Celebration of Life

    Monday, May 9, 2016


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Ronald Hunt

April 11, 2020

Just found out Mike had passed very sad to hear it what is a great guy in over his house many times in California Marina del Rey hard to believe he's gone always was there to help you may he rest in peace

Chris Royalty

May 3, 2017

Been a year ago today. Still hard to believe. Never have posted on here as I just didn't know what to write. Miss you bud. Thankful for you and the impact you've made on my life and the life of my family. Wish you were here.

Kent Hejazi

March 11, 2017

So sad to hear the sad news, mike was a very kind knowledgeable person who will be missed dearly. I will always be grateful for his help. My condolences to the chestnut family.

Kent Hejazi Los Angeles, CA. (Iran)

Shanna Post

September 14, 2016

Mike was a very dear friend, and I am just finding out about his passing So very sad. We met as housemates in 1986, his brother Scott and he lived in the guest house of property I rented in California. Mike and his Chevy were so fun to be around .. Drag races and motorcycles later over the years we became great friends and I came to appreciate what a genuine and true soul he was. Felt for him during one of his crash episodes, circa 1989? Very painful to see him go through so much pain after the incident near LAX. He would do anything for anyone anytime. It is uncommon to find anymore these days ... a soul as true and genuine, as Michael. I feel so blessed to have known him and will remember our special times together. My condolences to brother Scott, and the Chestnut family. With much love, Shanna

Michael Mutter

August 23, 2016

Just found out about Mike, I rode with him at the ralley the picture guest book picture was taken at. Very sorry to hear about his loss. One of the good ones.

Gary Fania

July 10, 2016

My deepest sympathy to the Chestnut family. I too met Mike thru 750 turbo bikes. He supplied me with knowledge and parts. I met him in person at the Georgia turbo rally, and again in the Pocono's for a turbo rally I hosted.we had some great r ides that weekend and shared some lasting moments. A deep loss to the bike world and to all the people he touched.

Kev Le Poidevin

May 21, 2016

My condolences to the Chestnut family. I met Mike for the first time at Christmas 2015 when we drove specifically down from D.C. to 'talk turbo'. I knew of Mike since the early 90s when I bought my Turbo in Australia. Being posted to the US I just had to meet this guy and give my old baby some Chestnut love. What a true gentleman, openly welcoming me into his home. After several hours of swapping stories, checking out Pinball machines and classics and his latest beast, I left with a trunk load of parts, some wild stories and a desire to get to know this bloke better. Unfortunately this was not to be; so ride on Mike and rest in peace.

Bill & David Jackson

May 15, 2016

Our deepest sympathies to Mike's family. His life is an example of honor, integrity, and just plain kindness. We are honored to have known him professionally and personally. Mike was family to us. He was my son's best loyal friend. His big smile and ability to talk to people of all ages made him personable, charming, good nature, winning, amiable, etc. Mike was a person you remembered, period. He and David made many trips in my truck to Chicago to the Pinball Expo. Lee and Mike rebuilt all of David's pinball machines, and yes they are out of this world quality. Mike and David had gathered parts for the next Rolling Stone rebuild. He was so patient with us none mechanical people. I can not say everything here about Mike. We loved him. His friendship will be remembered by this family forever. God made a good man named Mike.
Bill, Barbara, David Jackson
Franklin, TN

Bill and David Jackson

May 14, 2016

Our deepest sympathies to Mike's family. His life is an example of honor, integrity, and just plain kindness. We are honored to have known him. We have been in Orlando and just received the news. Mike was like part of our family. He and David made many trips to Chicago in my truck. The best friend you could have was Mike. Mike was a person who truly cared for everyone. He and Lee rebuilt all of David's pinball machines and had the parts for Rolling Stone, next. Mike was the best friend of my son. We loved Mike and will always miss him.

Steve Brewer

May 14, 2016

Mike guided me on all things 750 Turbo. He was also a very good friend even though we were thousands of miles apart. I will miss him and miss talking with him, RIP my friend.