Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - May 28, 2010

Youth pastor Geoff Haskell loses fight with cancer

Fundraiser helped Haskell family enjoy one last trip to Disneyland

Geoffrey Edward Haskell, 35, died Friday in his Pleasanton home, surrounded by his family, after a 10-month fight against colon cancer. He was well-known in town as a youth pastor at Centerpointe Presbyterian Church and an assistant varsity baseball coach at Foothill High School.

In February the Pleasanton Weekly helped publicize a community effort to send his young family on its first trip to Disneyland. His cancer had just spread to his liver, and his friends wanted to give them a trip to the Magic Kingdom before he began an intensive round of chemotherapy.

Mr. Haskell was born Sept. 27, 1974, in Berkeley. After spending five years in New Jersey and Orange County, the Haskell family settled in Moraga. A gifted athlete, Mr. Haskell spent his formative years playing baseball and soccer, and swimming in the ocean and his grandparent's pool. He attended Campolindo High School where he met his future wife, Kendra Carey, during their sophomore year. He excelled in school and played varsity baseball for the Cougars. He also became active in the Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church.

He attended the University of Arizona, where he enjoyed hiking, backpacking and rock climbing. He also mentored high school students through the Young Life organization. In 1996, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

He returned to the Bay Area where he and Kendra married Aug. 11, 1996. Mr. Kaskell soon went to work in the youth ministry at Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church. He led many trips to Mexico to build houses for underprivileged families. He attended Fuller Seminary and graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 2003. After graduation, he and the family moved to Plano, Texas, where he served as a youth pastor.

After two years, the family returned to the Bay Area and Mr. Haskell became the pastor to youth and their families at Centerpointe Presbyterian Church. He also became a volunteer chaplain with the Pleasanton Police Department and an assistant baseball coach at Foothill High School, where his wife Kendra is a tennis coach.

He left Centerpointe Presbyterian Church in January 2009 to begin a career in medical supply sales and was in that job less than six months when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer.

Mr. Haskell is survived by wife Kendra; daughters Kate and Emily and son Matt; mother and step-father Ellen and Bill Sardella and father Greg Haskell; brother Scott Haskell; in-laws Chuck and Linda Carey; and brother-in-laws Chris and Kevin Carey. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 5, at Cornerstone Fellowship, 348 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore. The family notes that the celebration will be appropriate for children to attend.


Posted by Randy Genau, a resident of another community
on May 28, 2010 at 10:49 am

This is a great loss. My deepest condolences to Kendra and her family. I am so sorry to see Geoff go, but look forward to seeing him on the other side.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 28, 2010 at 3:58 pm

May Geoff Rest In Peace. He was a very good man.

Posted by Clarification, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 28, 2010 at 4:12 pm

It is indeed a sad loss. Geoff was an awesome person.

Just to clarify, he passed away *last* Friday, not today. This article isn't clear.

Posted by Pleasanton Friend, a resident of another community
on May 28, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Such a wonderful friend who will be so so so missed. Thanks for all of the memories Geoff and God bless your family.

Posted by Kaiser Chemotherapy Nurses, Walnut Creek CA, a resident of another community
on May 28, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Our sincere condolences to Kendra and all of Geoff's family and loved ones. May you find comfort in knowing that we care.....our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time...

Posted by Moraga Friend, a resident of another community
on May 29, 2010 at 7:42 am

We will continue to pray for Kendra, Matt, Emily, and Kate. An unbelievable man, an unbelievable loss. May Geoff rest in peace.

Posted by Pleasant Hill, a resident of another community
on May 29, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Oh, It's sad news that one of Campolindo Alumni's death. Geoff's Brother-in-law, Kevin Carey was my friend in Campolindo High School. I hope he will live peaceful in heaven.

Posted by Audrey Kaprielian, a resident of another community
on Jun 5, 2010 at 11:12 am

Kevin, Kenny and I are so saddened with the news of Geoff's passing. We each have such sweet memories of his uplifting and kind presence, and his passion of service to our Lord.

Ours hearts, well-wishes and compassionate sympathy go out to his family. He will be dearly missed.

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