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McKinley Principal Steve Chadaz fights for his life

A beloved principal at McKinley Elementary School is clinging to life in Ogden after a sudden medical condition.

Steve Chadaz suffered a ruptured aorta early Tuesday morning. He began experiencing chest pains after doing some light chores around his Tremonton home, according to a family member.

“It is not hereditary. It was a 1 in 10,000 that that happens, just stupid luck,” said brother-in-law Joel Ramsdell.

Chadaz was taken by his wife, Susan, to Bear River Valley hospital for a checkup for about 6 hours. He was then transported to Ogden Regional that afternoon where the aorta tear was discovered. He was immediately taken in for surgery to repair the tear.

“During the surgery it appears he had several strokes, which affected the back side of his brain. There has been no change since surgery yesterday,” said Ramsdell. “(Doctors are) giving him steroids that they hope will shrink the swelling in his brain.”

Ramsdell said it doesn’t look like there will be any miracles and family members are rushing to be by his side.

The school’s PTA has set up a memorial at the front doors of McKinley Elementary where you can sign a card that they will present to the family. Community members have been asked to join in offering prayers for McKinley’s beloved principal.


(We will update readers as more news becomes available.)


55 comments for “McKinley Principal Steve Chadaz fights for his life

  1. Folkman's
    July 3, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    We are so very devastated to hear this terrible news! We have always loved Steve and felt his love for our children at the school. He could never be replaced! Lots of prayers from our family. Love the Folkman’s

  2. Jan
    July 3, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Steve has always been a caring, supportive neighbor with a positive attitude about life. I know he cares about the students at McKinley, as well as other people. I have and will pray for Steve and his family and offer my support to all of them.

  3. Cody Cutler
    July 4, 2014 at 12:21 am

    I was shocked to hear the news today from my wife. Mr. Chadaz was a great person and mentor for all the kids he came in contact with. He has M S which I have too and it was nice talking to him about it and seeing how he managed with it. Just a great person. All our prayers are with the Chadaz Family.

  4. Cortney & Ashlee Jones
    July 4, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Steve Chadaz is one of those people, from the moment you meet him, your a better person for doing so! As a neighbor & a friend we have looked up to Steve and have cherished our friendship! The Lord truly broke the mold when he created Steve! Never in my life have a met a TRUE LEADER that is also humble, but passionate, strong, yet meek! We love you Steve! You are in our thoughts our prayers and most of all in our hearts! Your example has changed many and brought the BEST out of ALL!

  5. Dustin Petersen
    July 9, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I Loved Steve so much! I always appreciated his kindness over to me over the years. You and your family will be in my prayers!

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