1922 - 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Art Chavez, our much loved Dad, Grandpa, and Great-Grandpa on February 3, 2014 at the age of 91 after a long and full life. Art was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Frances, in 2011 and his son David in 2009. He will be forever remembered by his three daughters and their families: Mary Lelonde (Rick), Donna Campo (Alfred) and Anna Verbanac. Also by his precious grandchildren, Pam Billings (Tom), Debbie Webster (Dwayne), Angela and Nick Verbanac, Brian and Elysa Campo; and by his precious great-grandchildren: Ayden, Maverick, and Dahlia. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Dad was born in Durango, Colorado on a small crop share farm. At age 14, Art joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in Mesa Verde, Colorado. By age 16, he worked in the mines in both Colorado and Arizona and eventually moved to California with his sister, Margaret and her family. They ended up in Richmond where Art got a job in the shipyards. He joined the Merchant Marines during World War II and after the war he returned to Richmond and went to work at Andrew Williams Grocery Store, where he met Frances the love of his life. He worked for the Oakland Tribune for 34 years and retired in 1984.
Art was very active in his church and his children's school activities throughout many years in El Cerrito. He was a member of the YMI, ICF, SIRS, and Mira Vista Golf Club. He loved to travel and spend quality time with family and friends. He kept contact with everyone and was the conduit to keep all informed. He loved raising orchids, green beans, playing various card games and telling many stories.
Thank you, Dad. You lived your life full of love and much laughter. We will have a celebration of his life at the Vigil on Sunday, February 9th at 3:30pm at St Monica Catholic Church, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. The funeral Mass will be held at the same location on Monday, February 10th at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hanna Boys Center.