Lasting Memories

Steven Frank Pahler
Feb. 6, 1970-Oct. 19, 2011
Livermore, California

Steven Frank Pahler, who taught thousands of Tri-Valley young people and adults to drive through his Precision Driving School, died Oct. 19, 2011 at the age of 41. Steve owned Precision Driving School for 11 years. His family recalled how effectively he worked with students who were scared about learning to drive. He also taught a number of non-English-speaking adults. “He was so patient when he was teaching,” said his brother, Ryan. “Although, he did tell us about the times he had to grab the steering wheel on the freeway and take over.” Steve loved to cook, whether it was his specialty, prime rib, or on the barbecue. He always prepared the turkey for Thanksgiving. An avid Oakland Raider fan, his apartment is loaded with Raider memorabilia, including a football autographed by Coach John Madden as well as helmet signed by all of the members of the 2002 Super Bowl squad. In his spare time, he loved to ride his Harley as well as camp and hike. His favorite vacation destination was Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Born Feb. 6, 1970 in Fullerton, CA, Steve moved to Pleasanton in 1984. He was a varsity swimmer and graduated from Foothill High School. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended Las Positas College and graduated from the Police Academy at Modesto Community College. He is survived by his son, Austin, of Livermore; his mother, Karen Pahler of Pleasanton; his brothers, Ryan Pahler (Kathy) of San Diego and Matt Pahler of Pleasanton; and three nephews, Jakob, Dylan and Luca, of San Diego. His father, Frank Pahler, died in 1993.

From Austin Piombo
Jan. 31, 2012

Steve taught me in his drivers training class a few years ago and it was the best driving class by far. He was a very positive teacher who always wanted the best for his students. He shared his love for the outdoors, 4 wheeling, and motorcycle riding. I stayed in touch with steve for a few years when he taught several friends of mine who all loved his style and outgoing personality. Hearing about steves passing is a very sad ordeal and my thoughts and prayers go out to his friends, family, and espically his kids. Steve you will be missed by many.

From Erin
Nov. 14, 2011

Steve taught my two daughters how to drive and they both passed the first time taking the driving test. I jokes with Steve that I would see him again in a year for my son. I found out about his passing when I went to his website to call him for my sons instruction. My heart goes out to his family.

From Cynthia Sund
Nov. 9, 2011

Our son, Christopher, was Steve's student. He passed his driving test on Friday!! Steve was a wonderful man, and a great instructor! He will truly be missed.

From Melissa Benik
Nov. 6, 2011

Steve was my driver instructor for my driving lessons and he always knew how to make me feel comfortable behind the wheel. I am so sad Steve has passed, he was so funny and passionate. Im so sorry for his passing, his family is in my thoughts and prayers.

From Sharon Caldeira
Nov. 4, 2011

Steve taught 3 of my children driver ed and driver training. He was patient and supportive through the whole process. A good teacher that instilled good driving habits. He was an asset to the community and will be missed. Our hearts go out to his family.

From Dianna Murphy
Nov. 4, 2011

I was so sad to read in the paper this morning about Steve's passing. I didn't know him well but he taught two of my son's drivers training. He was always very pleasant. Sending love and prayers to his son, family and friends...

From Emma Reynolds and Gabby Dalton
Nov. 4, 2011

We were in Steve's driving class a year and a half ago and loved it. He was not only a funny, outgoing teacher, he was also a friend who we stayed in contact with. Hearing the news of his death was very upsetting and he will be greatly missed

From Kelly Stone
Nov. 4, 2011

Such sad news!! My son is a current student. My oldest daughter also took his class (9 years ago). Steve was always so friendly and professional. My family sends our condolences to his son, family and friends!

From Tom Lemons
Nov. 1, 2011

Steve and I met in Tracy. We shared a love for 4wheeling. We shared several trips on the trails. We shared the camp fire, a few beers and tall tales. He loved being with people and sharing everything. He opened his home to us and shared good times around the pool barbequing and playing pool and talking raiders and 4wheeling and motorcycles. What ever his interest, it was full tilt. Gonna miss you man.....