Juan Matias Chavez, 74. Matias was born June 26, 1938, in Tularosa to Teodoro and Pilar Chavez. He went home Dec. 24, 2012 to spend Christmas with his loving wife.
He was a faithful husband, father, brother and grandfather who devoted his entire life to the Lord. He prayed daily for all his family and friends. He enjoyed playing his harmonica with the Saturday Night Choir. He served as a Mayordomo for many years and continued to volunteer anytime he could for St. Francis De Paula Catholic Church. He was a dedicated Wildcat fan and especially enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren.
Matias served in the United States Navy from 1958-1962. He retired from Civil Service where he worked as a Computer Operator for Base Supply. In his spare time he worked hard gardening around his house and farming with his father in law. He also enjoyed carving knives, guns and sling shots for his grandchildren and nephews.
Matias was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Josie, son Matthew Chavez, parents Teodoro and Pilar Chavez, brothers Felix Celso Chavez and Ted Junie Chavez.
Matias is survived by his sons Lawrence Chavez and wife, Kim, Steve Chavez and wife, Liz; daughter Frances Vigil and husband, Jimmy John; grandchildren Matthew Chavez and wife, Aleesha, Brianna Chavez, Julio Chavez, Jessica Chavez, Josh Chavez, Kayla Vigil, James Vigil, and RayJ Vigil; great-grandsons Adrius Guilez and Gabriel Vigil; sisters Terry and husband, Dave Wickham, Gloria and husband, Jim Morrison, and Jesusita "Chuey" and husband, Mike Fairbanks; sister-in-laws Lita and Joyce Chavez, Gloria Sainz and Robert, Mary Guilez, Gina Kowatch and Louie, Naomi Hiles and brother-in-law Frank Duran.
Pallbearers will be Matthew Chavez, Kayla Vigil, James Vigil, Julio Chavez, Brianna Chavez, Jessica Chavez, RayJ Vigil, Josh Chavez, Adrius Guilez, Gabriel Vigil, J.R. Duran and Peter Rocha. Honorary pallbearers will be all his friends, nieces, nephews and godchildren.
The rosary to be recited by Steve and Liz Chavez at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church Sunday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated Monday, Dec 31 at 10 a.m. with Father Paul Botenhagen, Celebrant.
Christian burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Tularosa, followed by a reception at the Saint Francis de Paula parish hall.
The Chavez family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from December 29, 2012 to January 3, 2013