Former CDCR Warden Leonard Chastain dies

Former CDCR Warden Leonard Chastain died Oct. 23 in Sparks, Nev., at age 82

He retired in 1988 after a 34-year career, rising from Correctional Officer to Warden. During his career, he worked at the Correctional Training Facility, California Men’s Colony, Deuel Vocational Institution and the California Rehabilitation Center.

Leonard was well respected by colleagues and inmates alike for being a man of his word.

Survivors include a son, Mark Chastain; a daughter, Miki Allard; and three grandsons.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday in Sparks at 2360 Wingfield Hills Road.


2 Responses

  1. Bill Duncan Monday, November 21, 2016 / 9:17 am

    I first me Len over 40 years ago at DVI. I worked both for and with him and considered him one of my early mentors. He was always a solid leader and straight-shooter, and we developed a long-standing friendship. He was one of the best CDC had to offer. Rest in peace, my friend!

  2. Robert L. Papac Wednesday, October 26, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    Len was an old friend of the family. Always had a lot of respect for him. Sad news to hear. R.I.P., Len. End of Watch.

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