Howard L. Cavanagh(1920 - 2013)

HOWARD L. CAVANAGH Howard L. Cavanagh of Chico passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Sept. 14, 2013. He was 93 years old. Howard was born on May 4, 1920 in Burlingame, California to Oscar and Mabel Cavanagh. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps in August 1942 and served as fighter pilot in the Solomon Islands as part of the famous "Black Sheep" squadron. After serving in the South Pacific, Howard moved to San Mateo and followed in his father's footsteps as a general contractor, building some of the finest custom homes in San Mateo County. Howard married Mary Jane Parker in 1947 and together they raised three children. Howard retired from the building business in 1972. His much beloved wife, Mary Jane, passed away unexpectedly in 1977. Howard moved to Butte County in 1980 and has lived in Chico since 1992. Howard loved jazz and the "Big Band" sound of Glen Miller, Duke Ellington, Bennie Goodman, and many others. He also loved the outdoors. He and his family spent many memorable years vacationing in the Feather River country: Lake Almanor and the Lakes Basin area near Graeagle. He was also an avid duck hunter. Howard was a member of Butte Creek Country Club and enjoyed golf and playing Gin Rummy with his friends. In more recent years, Howard took a lively interest in technology and enjoyed figuring out the latest 'gadget'. Howard was a devoted husband and father and a great provider. His "final approach" began late Wednesday night, Sept. 11. He "landed" safely a little after 10 p.m. on Saturday. Howard is survived by his children Linda McElroy and James Cavanagh both of Sacramento, and Joan Cavanagh of Chico. He is also survived by two granddaughters, Arwen Flint and Madia Cavanagh, Three great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. A graveside memorial service will be held at Skylawn Memorial Park Cemetery Friday, September 27 at 2:00 p.m. To view or send condolences go online to

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Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Sept. 21, 2013