Stephen Lee Lindsey

It is with great sadness that the friends and family of Steve Lindsey announce his death on December 3, 2022, in Coronado, CA. Steve was 80 years old, born in 1942 in Iowa, having been conceived in Hawaii but relocated in his mother’s womb to Iowa shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. His father was a U.S. Naval pilot who went missing in action in the legendary Battle of Midway, likely from his plane having run out of fuel while returning to his carrier after a heroic effort in the Battle. Steve never knew his father, Eugene Lindsey, but spoke about him often. During his youth, Steve and his mother, Kathryn O’Bryon, came to Coronado after she was offered a secretarial position at the Naval Air Station in the city. As a single mother and on a secretary’s salary, his mother taught music to supplement their income. Steve adored his mother and, through her, developed an appreciation for art and music. Steve graduated from Coronado High School in 1960. After his graduation from San Diego State University, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard. In between and after, his wanderlust took him to places all over the globe. Often hopping on transport vessels for travel and lodgings in exchange for labor as Steve was quite thrifty but not afraid of hard work. He worked his adult life in the restaurant industry, starting out at the Chart House and learning the trade which came in handy when he subsequently opened his own restaurants in Coronado. First came Bula’s and then Bay Beach Café. Both restaurants were popular with locals as well as patrons from all over San Diego, including the New Zealand Team during America’s Cup. Steve was an avid skier, surfer, and sailor. He owned a sailboat named after his restaurant, Bula’s. He loved boat racing and entertaining sailors who participated at the highest level of the sport. Approximately 15 years ago, he sailed to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where he lived on his boat, returning to Coronado several years ago.

A celebration of Steve Lindsey’s life will be held on Sunday, January 15, 2023, at the Coronado Shores’ Roeder Pavilion from 10 a.m. to noon.

VOL. 113, NO. 2 - Jan. 11, 2023

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