Steven Dale Gadaire ’74

The Rev. Steven Dale Gadaire of Gainesville died Thursday at his home. He was 51.

Dr. Gadaire was a minister at Grace Presbyterian Church in Gainesville from 1984 to 1998. He served as the chaplain of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office for the past five years.

He was born in Pendleton, Ore., and moved to Gainesville 19 years ago from Graham, N.C.

In high school, he was recognized as the Massachusetts High School Basketball Player of the Year, New England Basketball Player of the Year and was a member of the High School All-American Basketball Team. He was inducted into the St. John High School Hall of Fame in Massachusetts.

He attended Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., where he received his bachelor’s degree in psychology. At Davidson College, he played basketball on scholarship for five years.

He received a doctor of ministry from Union Seminary in Richmond, Va.

Dr. Gadaire was a soccer, basketball and baseball coach, and served as an advocate and liaison for House of Hope, Wells House, Shelter from the Storm and Chrysalis Community.

He was a member of the Independent Catholic Church of America.

Survivors include his wife, Gwen Gadaire of Gainesville; sons Drew Gadaire and Jordan Granger of Gainesville, and Jared Granger of Portland, Ore.; daughters Alison Austin of Tallahassee, Dana Gadaire of Panama City, Meg Gadaire of Orlando, Kim Ramirez of El Paso, Texas, and Janna Weiler of Hopewell Junction, N.Y.; his parents, Paul and Carol Gadaire of Pendleton; brother David Gadaire of Northboro, Mass.; sister Michele Sheppard of Tualiton, Ore.; and four grandchildren.