Flavio David Chávez, 84, passed into eternal rest in Heaven after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was born July 7, 1929, in Turley, to Teresa Lobato and Silviano Chávez.
Flavio graduated from Blanco High School in 1947. He served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He worked for El Paso Natural Gas Company for 20 years. He worked as a plumber, operating his own plumbing business, Aztec Plumbing and Heating for more than 25 years.
Flavio was twice elected to serve on the Aztec City Council and was a former Mayor of the city of Aztec.
Flavio loved to read and do crossword puzzles. He enjoyed gardening and sharing his produce. He was devoted to his family.
Flavio was preceded in death by his daughter Olivia and his wife Delfinita.
Flavio is survived by his five children, Mario (Emily) Chávez, Anna María Chávez, Rigo (Miriam) Chávez, Félix (Mayra) Chávez, Nicolás Lincoln Chávez; brother, Dennis (Emma) Chávez, sister, Ruperta Sewell; maternal aunt, Luisa Pérez; grandchildren, Dominic, Alisha, Jessica, Miranda, Marcela, Cristian, Lilliana and Opialan; and great-granddaughter, Neveah Chávez.
Pallbearers are Dominic Chávez, Ike Lobato, Wayne Sewell, Robert Jaquez, Dale Anderson and Steve Chávez.
Honorary Pallbearers are Opialan Chávez, Joe E. Gómez, B.A. Rodríguez, Buster Jaquez, Gabriel Abeyta, Abran Morales, David Sewell, Isadore Chávez, Mark Chávez, Chris Torrez, Patricio Lobato, Alex Lobato, Leandro Chávez, Eloy Lobato, Pifanio "Dick" Archuleta, Jimmy Archuleta, Bernard Martínez, Pat Montoya, Jimmy Madrid, Kenny Madrid, Paco Villegas, Ralph C. Smith, Joseph Gómez, Mike Martínez, Carmen Robinson, Joan Padilla, Stephanie Martínez, Maria Garcia, Orla Lybrook, Molly Westall, Jeanie Hatch, Claudia Sánchez, Greg Gómez (his barber), Dr. Bryan Poe, and Dell Nelson.
The family of Flavio extends a heartfelt thanks to all of Flavio's care providers and hospice nurses.
A rosary for his heavenly repose will be recited at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, at Saint Mary's Catholic Church, 2100 East 20th St. in Farmington.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 19, at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Farmington.
Interment service will follow in Aztec Cemetery on Sabina Street in Aztec.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Flavio's name to: St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 500 N. Mesa Verde Avenue, Aztec, NM 87410, or the United Farmworkers Foundation, 4545 East Cesar Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90022; or the Aztec Museum, 125 N. Main Avenue, Aztec, 87410.
Flavio's care is entrusted to Cope Memorial Chapel of Aztec, 405 S. Main Ave., 505-334-9332. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.