— Steven Craig Castagnola passed peacefully on Friday, July 27, 2018 at St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center, following a brief illness.
He leaves his parents, Albert & Marilyn Castagnola of Meridian, Idaho; his sister, Lisa Castagnola of San Clemente, California; and his nephews, Topher and Zachary Johnson of New Orleans, and Dr. Nicholas Johnson of Seattle.
Born in Santa Barbara, California, Steve moved with his family to Boise when he was 10 years old. He was a lifelong resident of the Treasure Valley thereafter and was particularly fond of hunting and fishing.
After graduating from Meridian High School in 1978, Steve went to work for Morrison-Knudsen & Co. where he remained working until tragedy struck in1986. While pursuing his passion for cycling, Steve was involved in an accident that left him with a traumatic brain injury. Although most medical professionals advised that Steve’s condition would require care by medical professionals in a nursing home environment, they were proven wrong. Steve was taken home by his parents, where he remained for 24 years until they could no longer care for him. Only then – and with much hesitation - was he placed in the care of a nursing facility.
Although Steve suffered brain damage and was dependent on others for his care, he was known for his quirky jokes, and for always being positive and professing love and gratitude to those who cared for him.
Services will be held on Wednesday, August 1st, in the chapel at Cloverdale Funeral Home, Boise, Idaho, with graveside services following at Joplin Cemetery, where Steve will be laid to rest near his good friends, Eric and Curt Harpham. Special thanks to Lois Harpham and her daughter Tami for accommodating Steve’s final wishes. Flowers are welcome, but for any folks more inclined to make a difference for those with brain injuries, please feel free to contact the Brain Injury Alliance of Idaho and make a donation in Steve’s name. http://biaid.org/