Jesse Roy "Oso" Chavez(1950 - 2014)

Jesse Roy Chavez ("Oso") was born shortly before noon on Feb. 23, 1950, and completed his circle shortly before noon on Feb. 23, 2014.

He was born in Holman to Juan Rafael and Mary Delfinia. Jesse was the consentido of Grandma Carmelita and Grandpo Moises.

He is survived by his mother; his wife, MaryAnn; his father's wife, Eumelia; brothers, Terry Rey (Ginger), Joseph (Lisa), Michael, Pedro, Schneider, Ricky, Brian, Henry, Fred, Tom (Beth), and Ray (Barbara); his sisters, Ida, Theresa, Muriel (BooBoo), Erica, and Ruth (Tony); his sons; Ernest (Carolyn), Gabriel (Debbie), Michael (Stacey) and their mother, Merlinda; his son, Sean (Temara'h); daughter, Nicole, and their mother, Cathy; and his children with MaryAnn, Jesse (Rachelle) and Cindy; and his beloved Godson, Heriberto. He was a wonderful grandpa to Chelsey, Liam, Melody, Ariel, and Santiago.

Jesse was adored by his nieces and nephews, Angela, Joel, CJ, Josh, Valentin, Dawn, Mike, Amy, Nicholas, Blanca, Betty, Sylvia, James, Chris, Melissa, Raul, Miguel, Nena, Aaron, Joshua, Jason, Tony, Joseph, and Martin Jr. He was a cherished nephew to Processo, Aurora, Max and Irma and a beloved cousin to Diana (Ray), Ted (Donna), Yolanda, Cathy (Charlie), Claudia, Nelson, Stevie (Christine), Charlene and Charlotte.

In the afterlife, Jesse is reunited with his father, his grandparents, and his brothers, Donald, Arnulfo "Socky," Martin, and Tony "Frog."

A proud, traditional man, Jesse loved Mora County for its natural beauty. He was happiest spending his free time in the rugged Mora countryside where he could find peace away from big city foolishness. Jesse was a talented carpenter who would create masterpiece furnishings without a measuring tape or a drawing for reference.

A commanding presence, he immediately filled any room that he entered. People would gravitate toward his charisma, and he could always be counted on for straightforward, no-nonsense consejos.

As his children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren will attest, no one who was near him could escape his infamous jokes or his legendary "kiss in the eye." An afternoon with Jesse would almost certainly consist of fishing, chicken, dulcitos, and laughter.

A memorial service is planned from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the fire station in Cleveland. Internment will take place at 10 Sunday morning at La Cueva cemetery.
Published in Las Vegas Optic on Feb. 28, 2014