Eduardo P. Chavez, "Pops," was called to be a servant of the Lord on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Eduardo was 73, and passed away peacefully at his home in Hatch, New Mexico.
Eduardo was born on March 10, 1941, in Quemado, New Mexico, to parents, Candelario and Teresita Chavez. Eduardo had two brothers, Aristeo and Lorenzo, and three sisters, Arsenia, Anne and Frances. Eduardo attended and graduated from Quemado High School and excelled at all the sports he participated in.
Shortly after graduation, Eduardo left Quemado and began his career with the New Mexico Highway Department. While working in the small town of Hatch, he met, fell in love with and got married to his wife, Aurelia Bustamante. Eduardo and Aurelia had just celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary in July. Eduardo worked for the Highway Department for over 28 years and retired from the same organization. While working with them, Eduardo received many safe driver awards and was proud of his position/title as an Operator 2, Certified 3, and on many occasions was tasked to fill out the payroll. Eduardo was a perfectionist when it came to his job, he felt that if the job needed to be done correctly, he had to do it himself.
Eduardo was an avid sports fan. His favorite sports were football, baseball and boxing. He had many hobbies that kept him busy, but his favorite hobby was spending time with his grandchildren. Eduardo was a great dad, but when it came to his grandchildren, Eduardo was an even better grandpa, he was so proud of all of them. Eduardo's children did not know that he knew nursery rhymes and children's songs until the grandkids came around.
Eduardo was a member of Our Lord Of Mercy Catholic Church in Hatch, New Mexico. Eduardo was well known to many people in the Hatch community because he would stop and talk with everyone he met. Eduardo's philosophy was that, a stranger was just a friend he had not met yet.
Eduardo is survived by his wife, Aurelia B. Chavez, of Hatch; two sons, Larry B. Chavez and his wife, Jessica, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Edward B. Chavez Jr. and his wife, R. Lynn, of San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico, eight grandchildren, James Allen of Las Cruces, Rebekah Lucero of Phoenix, Edward Chavez III of Hatch, Javier Chavez of Hatch, Marissa Chavez of Las Cruces, Andres Chavez of Las Cruces, Alicia Chavez of San Juan Pueblo, and Felicia Chavez of San Juan Pueblo. Eduardo also has many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Javier Chavez, Edward Chavez, James Allen, Nicky Castillo, Bobby Armendariz and Jose Armendariz. Honorary pallbearers are Andres Chavez, Juan Bustamante, and Kenneth Calpito. Services for Eduardo will be held at Our Lord of Mercy Catholic Church. The rosary will be today, Aug. 6, 2014, at 7 p.m. The funeral services will be on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 at 10 a.m. Rite of committal will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Hatch. Reception will follow immediately after the funeral services at Our Lord of Mercy Catholic Church reception hall. Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home 1410 E. Bowman Ave Las Cruces New Mexico 88001. To sign the local online guest book visit www.GetzCares.com