Walter "Chappy" C Lindsay

Walter Chapman Lindsay was born on July 18, 1949 to Walter Glen and Dolores Margurite Chapman Lindsay in Tracy, California. He is survived by his two younger siblings, Kristin Priddis and Scott Lindsay. His first name, Walter, was a legacy passed down from his great, great, great grandfather, and his middle name, Chapman, was his mother's maiden name, but he was known by his friends and family as Chappy. Chappy attended Walter's Junior High School and Washington High School, then was in the second graduating class of Kennedy High School in Fremont, California. He then attended UC Berkeley for his freshman year of college. Later he would attend BYU and then transfer again to UC Berkeley to graduate with a BS in Microbiology. He then was accepted to the California College of Podiatric Medicine. He loved learning and was a very good student. After his freshman year of college, Chappy went on to serve a mission in the South East Mexico Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Those two years had great influence on his life and cemented his testimony of Jesus Christ. It was there on his mission that he learned to speak Spanish fluently, but even before that he had a gift for languages. Early on in his career he noticed how speaking a few words in someone's native tongue could brighten their demeanor, and so would ask people from new cultures how to say greetings and use them often. After his mission, when Chappy attended BYU, he met his wife, Penelope Bastian, who always went by Penny. Penny was the love and joy of Chappy's life, as he was to her. Together they had 2 sons followed by 5 daughters. Each time another daughter was born, Chappy would say 'Boys are great, but you can never have enough daughters!' Chappy's seven children, and their friends whom they took in as honorary children, have always loved and respected him and look up to his example of a kind, caring, man who loves their mother. After medical school Chappy bought a small practice in the Glenmore area and eventually provided foot care for more than 100 skilled nursing, small care homes and residential care homes to care for the elderly, and the physically and mentally challenged. He was one of the only doctors in the bay area who was willing to do home visits for his patients. He loved providing that service and truly cared for his patients. He diligently served them for 36 years. Chappy loved being a boy scout. He became an eagle scout in his youth and worked as a scout master as an adult. He also had many jobs working in the district. One of his favorite things was to be on the Woodbadge staff. He cherished the friends he made there and the time he worked with them while on staff. The most important thing to Chappy was his faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ and in serving Him by serving others around him. He was a remarkable man, who tried to live as the Savior would have him be. On September 16th, 2015 he was diagnosed with Leukemia. He retired that day. He went through 2 rounds of chemo therapy and was in remission for a few months, but when it returned, and after much prayer, he felt that the Lord had plans for him elsewhere. He decided not to receive any more chemo therapy or bone marrow transplants and spent the next months with his family and going on walks with his sweetheart. He is survived by his wife, seven children and five spouses, and 21 grandchildren including twins that were born just recently. We love and miss him.

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  1. I had the privilege to sing with him often. He had a beautiful tenor voice which he shared with others. He and Penny were regular members of our church choir and they helped invite the Spirit into our meetings with their musical talent. With this and his many other talents, insights and kindness, he always gave more than he received, but never seemed diminished in any way by doing so. I am honored and richly blessed by having known him.

  2. Brother Lindsay was always friendly and generous, and he passed that on to his children. <3 to a wonderful family.

  3. I have known Chappy since our youth, our love goes out to his precious family, we offer our love and sincere prayers for your comfort at this time

  4. He was a wonderful happy and very helpful person. I am thankful for knowing him. I send my condolances to his Family I know you will miss him.

  5. I knew Chappy when he was a little boy in Fremont. He was a wonderful person. We were friends with his mother Dolores and father Walter. His grandfather Clyde and grandmother Marie were heroes of mine when we moved to Fremont in 1952. Clyde was our LDS branch president They were real pioneers of the church in Fremont.. I think we were distantly related to the Lindseys through my mother Rose Thompson, but I’m not sure exactly how far back the connection goes. I think Sister Eyring also was a Lindsey?? My sympathies and condolences to Chappy’s family. He was always such a happy and positive person. I’m sorry I haven’t been in closer touch. Did you know my brother Mac was also a podiatrist?

  6. I am so saddened to hear of Chappy’s passing. He and I first met in WoodBadge (WE32810) where he was on staff. I remember him as a wonderful story teller, an excellent instructor an energetic singer and just generally a joy to be around. Throughout my time in scouting, Chappy was always available for advice and support, cheerfully meeting me at the stake center at any hour. Chappy truly gave joyously from the heart to everyone around him. He will be sorely missed.

  7. So, so beautiful! I am glad I got to meet him. He has raised beautiful children and I’m so thankful that my life has crossed paths with the Lindsay’s.

  8. Chappy and I had so much fun as kids, he loved to explore and we lifted up all the rocks from pescadero stream to find gold one time..found crawdads. He helped me later when i had foot issues from dance. Then there was all the times we tried to sing, dance / act as part of dance lessons. Our paths took different directions but i never stopped caring for you and yours, you are like a brother. I am glad to have known a man with a great heart and the desire to do the right thing. I admire his ultimate decision to stop treatments and spend time with people he loved. We will meet again in the great elsewhere! Namaste, Maryann McDermott

  9. Chappy was my husband’s best friend when they were in high school and Scouts together. Steve spoke of him so many times throughout the years, and it was always with a huge smile. Chappy and his family meant a lot to all the Black family!

    It makes me smile to think of Steve and Chappy, together again and catching up and remembering the fun times they enjoyed as Scouts together.

    Sending love to Penny!

  10. Dr Lindsay used to come to a nursing home where I worked and I remember him as a very great doctor- he was so kind, caring, jolly, enthusiastic, positive, witty, so nice even to the most difficult and aggressive patients! He was a true Christian man and after so many years, I’m still sorry we lost a great podiatrist who truly cared for patients. He was so nice to the staff as well. I’m so grateful I got to meet Dr Lindsay. I’m sure he is in heaven. May God bless his family bring them smiles as they think of him.

    Julie Mary

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