Jesse R. Chaves, 84, of Westminster, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at Carroll Lutheran Village.
Born July 9, 1928, in Portsmouth, R.I., he was the son of the late Jesse C. and Laurentina Resendes Chaves. He was the husband of Pearl Cline Chaves, his wife of 47 years, who died in October 2012.
After graduation from DeLasalle Academy in Newport, he volunteered for the Navy. He returned to Rhode Island and attended the university there for two years before going to the University of Idaho where he received a Bachelor of Science in Geology. He then went to College Park and received a Master of Science in Agronomy from the University of Maryland.
He went to work for the Department of Transportation, U.S. government as an engineer. In 1966, he got a Master of Science in Photogrammetry from Syracuse University in New York and later did graduate work in Environmental Management at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Calif.
He was a member of St. Luke's (Winters) Lutheran Church in New Windsor. His hobbies included photography, travel, music (trumpet) and flying. He started with the trumpet at age 8 and continued through high school and didn't play for a number of years until retiring in 1982. After 30 years with the federal government, he started playing in local bands and directed a couple of his own. His travels included, the Caribbean Islands, and throughout the states and he lived in Peru for three years. He was a licensed pilot and had his own plane for 11 years.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Carroll Lutheran Village, Krug Chapel, 300 St. Luke Circle, Westminster, with the Rev. Jimmie L. Schwartz officiating. Inurnment will take place in Pleasant View Lutheran Cemetery in Staunton, Va., at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Luke's Lutheran Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 447, New Windsor, MD 21776.
Arrangements are by Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home in Westminster.
Online condolences may be offered at www.myersdurborawfh.com
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