Memorial service planned for Roseville restaurateur

A memorial service for Roseville restaurateur Steve Pease will be held Jan. 18.

The celebration of life is scheduled from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Roseville Theatre, 241 Vernon St.

Pease, 57, the owner of Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar & Grill, dropped out of contact with family and friends on Halloween. His body was found Nov. 24 in the Pacific Ocean near Gualala. The cause of death has not been determined.

Iyuanna Pease, a family member, said friends attending the service are encouraged to wear bright colors, which Steve Pease loved.

“This is not a funeral service,” she said. “We want it to be fun, loving and energetic. It’s a time to honor a great man.”

Pease, who reportedly had told his ex-wife he needed to “clear his head,” rented a car in Portland and apparently drove to Fort Bragg. He was last seen there Nov. 3, when he checked out of a motel and drove off in the rental car. The car has not been found.

Pease was a key player in Roseville’s efforts to revitalize the city’s downtown. He was loaned $1.5 million to launch his restaurant, which used rocker Sammy Hagar as its theme. He was also involved in several other downtown real estate deals.

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