Chester Eugene Canada, 83, was born in Delta, Kentucky on August 6, 1939, to Hurstle and Bessie Kidd Canada. He left this earth to meet his Heavenly Father on October 9, 2022, after a brief stay at BSA Hospice of the Southwest in Amarillo, Texas.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at Brooks Chapel with Corky Holland, officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Brooks Chapel. Arrangements are made by Brooks Funeral Directors of Canyon, Texas.

He is survived by the love of his life and his wife of over 65 years, Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Canada of Canyon, Texas; two sons, Larry Lynn Canada and his wife, Leslie Michelle Canada of Canyon, Texas and Paul Eugene Canada and his wife, Claudia Andrea Canada of Wesley Chapel, Florida; one grandson, Brandon Owen Canada of Knoxville, Tennessee; and a great-granddaughter, Emma Cofer of Knoxville, Tennessee.

He is predeceased by his father, Hurstle Canada, his mother, Bessie Kidd Canada and one brother, Edward Lee Canada.

Chester was a member of the First Baptist Church of Amarillo and a former member of the Indiana National Guard. He graduated from high school at Brownstown Consolidated Schools in 1957. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1964 and his master’s degree in 1965 from the University of Louisville, Kentucky. He then received his doctoral degree in 1968 from the University of Arkansas. After graduating, Chester worked at Mason and Hanger Pantex from 1968 to 1981 and taught engineering at Oklahoma State University from 1981 to 1985. He worked for the Department of Defense/Department of the Army Explosives Safety Board until 2000.

Upon his retirement from the Department of Defense / Department of the Army Explosives Safety Board, Dr. Chester Canada received the Senior Civilian Service Award, “recognized as a world expert in the field of explosives safety, and for his significant contributions to improving the readiness and effectiveness of the military department, the private sector and our allies. Dr. Canada’s perseverance, dedication, professional skill and invaluable improvements have been effective in the explosive security posture around the world. These far-reaching contributions have greatly benefited the efficiency of the Department of Defense, enhanced international cooperation, and improved ammunition and explosives safety standards worldwide. During his career at Pantex and after his retirement, he taught physics at West Texas A&M University.

Chester was a faithful servant of the Lord. His involvement began at an early age. He won first place in the Indiana State Bible Exercise Contest early in his life while attending college.

Chester’s favorite Bible verse comes from Micah chapter 6, verse 8 “He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord expect of you? Act righteously and love mercy and walk humbly with your God. (Application Study Bible) Chester was a perfect example of what it means to walk humbly, and he walked daily with the Lord and showed others love and compassion. He was a wonderful example of daily Christian living and enjoyed sharing the love he had for the Lord with others whenever he had the opportunity. He will be sadly missed by his family and countless friends and colleagues.


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