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Steve L. Boysel

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02/27/13 01:50 PM #1    

Daniel (Dan) Johnson

One had to like Steve Boysel! We played Little League together, went through Paly, and served in the Peace Corps together in Tonga. I kept track of Steve directly and through mutual friends and loved to hear about his enthusiasm for food, gardens, and running restaurants. I remember first getting to know Steve at his family's home along what we call now the Oregon Expressway. I visited Steve one summer for an evening at the Shadows near Aptos in his post Peace Corps life.. Bob Munsey may be able to confirm the name of the restaurant. Steve was really into growing his own vegetables so that he could create recipes using really fresh foods. 

06/09/13 04:58 PM #2    

Richard E. (Rick) Carpenter

I concur with Danny Johnson. I liked Steve mainly because he was a really good all around

athlete.  I got to know Steve mostly in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades.  He was far more mature for

his age and was bigger and stronger than most boys. He lived only a few blocks from me,

I think on Hilbar? I am sorry to hear that he has passed.

06/10/13 09:30 AM #3    

Paul Reinhardt

May I join Dan and Rick in remembering with fondness Steve Boysel. He was a "natural" in many ways, including his athletic gifts and his love of good food. My last memory of Steve was having dinner at the "Shadows" with my brother George and enjoying the lovely place Steve had chosen for his restaurtant, and the good food he prepared.  

Cheers, Steve, wherever you are!


Paul Reinhardt 

08/09/13 04:10 PM #4    

Ginni A. Penn (Hassrick)

Steve and I were in elementary school thru high school...he was funny, cynical...and my first heart-throb!  he did an amazing impression of Elvis in the 5th grade!  wow!  I spent a few summers working with his family at the Snack Bar at to understand where he got his humor...and will always think highly of him...saddened by the news of his passing.


08/12/13 10:49 PM #5    

E. Robert (Bob) Munsey

Steve and I became friends in the 3rd grade at Green Gables.  We went to Jordan, Paly, and Berkeley together.  He was a history major and the only guy I know who, when writing his senior thesis on 'The History of Tourism in the Bahamas', actually went to the Bahamas for research while everyone else slaved away at desks and in libraries.   He always had a different take on things and expressed it well.   I  worked for him when he ran a pub in Berkeley while we went to Cal.  It featured beers from around the world.  College and beer....a delightful combination.

After graduation he joined the Peace Corps and went to Tonga in the South Pacific.  It was there he learned to farm and taught the villagers how to market their produce and other food products.  After the Peace Corps he hired me again to work for him at the Crow's Nest Restaurant in Santa Cruz.  This was the start of my lifelong career in restaurants.  I owe him greatly for that.  He left the Crow's Nest and then managed the Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola for a few years before striking out on his own developing The Farm complex in Soquel.  This was a restaurant, antique shop, bakery, gift shop, and wine shop all on one property.  He grew his own produce for the restaurant at the property and was a pioneer in organic farming.  This was the mid 1970's and before organic food  became fashionable.  He was also a master baker. The space is now slated to be a county park which will include a community garden dedicated to Steve.  Later he had what is now The Farm bakery and gift shop next to Cabrillo College.  When a group of us, headed up by Dick Beahrs,  bought the San Jose Giants in 1988, Steve developed Turkey Mike's BBQ at the San Jose Municipal Baseball Park.  It is still in operation on game days.

Everyone that worked for Steve knew him as 'The Chief'.  He could be a little gruff and very direct but his employees loved him.  I witnessed his many acts of kindness towards employees and others.  While you couldn't get away with anything without a reprimand, well more than just a reprimand, he was really a cup cake on the inside.   The Chief passed away from cancer on November 22, 2007.  I owe him much, still love him, and miss him greatly.

Bob Munsey


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