David "Scotty" "Scott" Chatfield

February 26, 1971July 28, 2018
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David "Scotty" "Scott" Chatfield was born on February 26, 1971 in San Diego, California and passed away on July 28, 2018 in San Diego, California.


  • Visitation Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Friday, August 10, 2018

David "Scotty" "Scott" Chatfield

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Cookie Scott

February 16, 2019

I knew this charming man for several years while working with him at Clairemont Tropical Fish. He was a joy and delight to be with. We had so many wonderful, funny times early in the morning while getting the store ready. I moved up North after retiring and we lost contact. But---I never forgot Scott. I am so sad to learn of his transition so young. It is comforting to see he never lost his charm and was friends to all. My sympathy to his dear family and friends.

Doug Hight

November 19, 2018

I remember coming to San Diego for my first time just to sell rocks and I had the best time of my life in San Diego all hanging out with Scotty he showed me cool rocks cool things stuff from Egypt things I didn't know about and then we went to his house and we had a good time and he showed me some cool rocks and we had some pizza but you know what there's nobody like Scotty and he'll always be remembered. May he rest in peace from his friends in Colorado

Sue Elliott

August 10, 2018

Scott, you were the very definition of a free spirit...and now you are. I’m sorry your family and friends lost you much too soon, and On behalf of your GIA friends, we will miss you.

Andrew Hernandez

August 6, 2018

Some of my earliest memories are of my Uncle Scotty. He taught me how to swim one afternoon when I was small. He introduced me to Star Wars and his awesome memorabilia collection. His enthusiasm was infectious and easy to get swept up in.

I remember when I told him I had begun to play Magic the Gathering with friends at school and he ran into his room and brought back his collection of MtG cards. He went through the cards with me, half explaining, half absorbing my overexcited reactions . When we were finished he said "Here. Now they're yours. And when your friends go crazy over how cool your 'old' cards are you can say that your Uncle Scotty gave them to you and they're b!%?ch!n'!"

He loved to teach and show off things that were super cool, whether it was pop culture or his gems and minerals . He shared the awesome. He spread the awesome. Thank you for all that you taught me, Uncle Scotty. I love you and you will always be part of who I am today.

Jeffrey Halleran

August 5, 2018

Scotty was a very sweet man and it always brightened my spirits to visit with him at the pizza shop when he came in to get a slice. I carry the stones he gave me in my pocket. Whenever the movie Goonies comes up in conversation anywhere, I like to share the story of how cool Scotty's store is and how the movie Goonies plays at all times there, last I recall him explaining to me at least. Thank you for the light you shined on us Scotty. Condolences to his family & friends. ❤️🙏🏻

Kristin Snookal

August 4, 2018

Scotty, well damn when I decided to go to Budapest and said that I will see you later in the hospital, it wasn't supposed to be goodbye. It has taken me days to build up the strength to write this, yet I knew before David shared what had happened, that you were gone. You were my guiding light in San Diego after I moved there trying to outrun my heartbreak and a life that seemed broken. As anyone who came to the store and saw me knows, I would walk my neighborhood to clear my head daily and then one day I decided to take that walk to El Cajon Blvd and turn left and it changed my life forever. There you were sitting in your back room of this amazing store that I seemed to not be able to leave. I poured my life story out to you, something I never do to anyone, let alone a stranger and before I knew it you were holding your necklaces, closing your eyes and doing that thing you do in regards to that person who had hurt me so. I still don't know if you were merely gazing into his world, or my past, or his future, but you somehow knew everything even without me telling you. You somehow brought me peace, even if temporary. This became a regular activity, me walking to your store after a long day at work to get some balance, some peace, some calm even in a busy store. I am so glad I was blessed to be able to become your friend, and to call you a mine. While I may have hid it well, that first time you invited me over for dinner with you, David and Patrick, but I was unbelievably happy. I realize I am now rambling, as I always do and you would always just listen and guide my rambling until I would have a realization, at which point you would just sit back and smile, as you already knew what I said, but never would intrude by saying it for me, always waiting for me to come to the understanding on my own. I now understand why you cried as I hugged you that last time, as you knew it was goodbye, you just didn't have the words to say it. I love you Scotty. Until next time..

Sulo King

August 3, 2018

Scotty was a friend a former coworker and most importantly an amazing person. He was very talented and always full of life. He would drive us all crazy at times but we all still loved him. He was one unique individual who always spoke his mind freely , was very supportive of his friends and would do anything to help out those in need. It was a pleasure to know him and call him my friend. I am never going to forget him and will always cherish the good times we had together. My condolences go out to his surviving family members and his friends and most importantly his husband David. Rest in peace Scotty. I'll see you on the other side.

Dawn Jimenez

August 1, 2018

Some of my fondest memories Scotty are when we would preview the new stock before it was added to the store. Sometimes we knew what was in the box or bubble wrap, and other times it surprised us both. We could sit for hours chatting about every possible topic as we oohed and ahhed over each gem, mineral, or piece of jewlery. You always gave me the call when you had a shopping spree to share, let me call dibbs, and tought me so much along the way. I can now spot a fake a mile away!

But what was truly valuable is what I aquired through your example. You were kind to everyone you met regardless of thier walk of life. You created space and time for those who were marginalized. You were open hearted, open minded, and generous with whatever you had. You were also vibrant and funny as hell- and the best hugger of all time. I am a better person for having known you, thank you for sharing in my journey and letting me tag along in yours.

Dawn Jimenez

August 1, 2018

Dawn Jimenez

August 1, 2018



When David "Scott" Chatfield walked into the room, those in his company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who "Scotty" was and how he impacted those around him. "Scotty" was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if "Scotty" wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. "Scotty" was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve him well throughout his life.

      "Scotty" was born on February 26, 1971 at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego, CA. He was the son of David and Joan. "Scotty" was raised in San Diego, CA. Always at the ready with a good joke, he grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew "Scotty" might describe him as an idealist, his friends and family understood well that "Scotty" was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to him.

      "Scotty" was raised with two siblings. He had two older sisters, Kim and Hope, step brother Jeff, and step sisters Jennifer and Julie. "Scotty" was very accepting and supportive of his family. He was perceived as the central person in his family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, "Scotty" was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served "Scotty" well in his adult life and, along with his wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew him.

      As a young boy, "Scotty" was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew him into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. "Scotty" was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with his peers. He was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. He was a altar boy at St. David's. In his spare time he liked playing the flute, playing the tuba, and collecting interesting things. "Scotty" had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity he and the many childhood friends he shared might discover.

      During his high school years, "Scotty" responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. For "Scotty", school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to his ability to turn just about anything into a game. He wasn't a big fan of high school and preferred to learn from life, but band was his favorite. His creativity and massive imagination made him hard to focus on just one thing, and throughout his life he was also pursuing something new and exciting.

      "Scotty" did well in graduate school, earning his Graduate Gemologist and Graduate Jeweler degrees from Gemological Institute of America in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Scotty was passionate about gemstones, jewelry and learning about the Earth's bounties. "Scotty" was very adaptable, a quality that helped him make the transition from high school to college with little difficulty. As a result, "Scotty"'s problem solving skills and thirst for new knowledge almost guaranteed that he enjoyed virtually every class he took. "Scotty" was always in quest of new things to learn and experience

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought him an endless stream of friends, "Scotty" was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, "Scotty" was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. He always seemed aware of what was going on with people around him and throughout his life he made many, many friends. While growing up, some of his best friends were Shannon Thomas and Dale Rhea. Later in life, he became friends with Patrick Sheehan and too many others to mention by name. Through his store, The Cave of Wonders, Scotty touched so many lives and made so many new friends.

      On March 26, 1989 Scotty and David Provenghi embarked on their lives together as soulmates. Officially, on July 24, 2013 "Scotty" married David at San Diego County Administrative Offices of San Diego, CA. "Scotty"'s skill at “building bridges” played an important role in his ability to make his new family happy. He was quite sensitive towards David's needs, showing his constant concern and fondness. "Scotty" was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served him well in helping to nurture his family. Scotty and David were intensely in love, and Scotty did everything he could to show his devotion to David.

      "Scotty" was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made him an exceptional worker. His primary occupation was a Gemologist and Jeweler. "Scotty" was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize him. "Scotty" had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of his gift for insight. "Scotty"'s fellow workers saw him as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because "Scotty" loved to have a broad variety of activities in his life, he took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. His favorite pursuits were gemstones, crystals, geology, metaphysical, and sharing his heart with others. "Scotty" had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of his favorite pastimes. However, "Scotty"'s ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Throughout his life, "Scotty" was actively involved in professional and community organizations. He was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, "Scotty" seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with "Scotty" usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with him, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. In high school, "Scotty" was a member of the Boulevard Business Association.

      Though he never did anything solely for individual recognition, "Scotty"'s ingenuity, resourcefulness, and selflessness, earned him accolades for his many lifelong efforts. Some of his most prestigious awards included New Business of the Year Award.

      "Scotty"'s love of improvising in his daily life was a perfect fit for his enjoyment of traveling. His favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit his personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, "Scotty" took his vacations seriously, well, as seriously as he possibly could. Favorite vacations included Sydney, Australia, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Madison, WI.

      "Scotty" was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. His family was rounded out by his dogs Luna (pug), LB (chihuahua mix), Wonka (chihuahua mix), and his cats Barbara, Twyla and Boogie.

      "Scotty" Chatfield passed away on July 28, 2018 at UCSD Medical Center in San Diego, CA. Scotty had an sudden onset of a brain tumor near his basal ganglia. Before the tumor could be assessed for cancer, he started bleeding into his brain stem, ending his young life. He is survived by husband, David; his sisters Kim and Hope, his Aunt Jeanne, and several cousins and nieces and nephews. Services wI’ll be held at Merkley-Mitchell Mortuary.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to "Scotty". He was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. He had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While he was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to "Scotty" Chatfield for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. "Scotty" was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with his loved ones.