MONTEREY– Alvin B. Chapin died peacefully on August 27, 2013. He was born on November 17, 1924 in Fresno to Lloyd and Louise (Jensen) Chapin, and was the youngest of three boys. As a resident of the Monterey Peninsula for over 60 years, he often commented later in life how fortunate he was to live here.
After graduating from Fresno High, he entered the Army, serving in Europe as an infantryman during WWII. He was a 60-year life member of American Legion, Post 512 in Carmel, serving twice as Post Commander, and was honored by having the meeting room at the Carmel Post named in his honor. We also believe the military was the reason our father donated over 20 gallons of blood to the Red Cross during his lifetime.
Following the War, he moved to the Bay Area, enrolling in San Francisco City College, majoring in Hotel/Restaurant Management. He was offered a job as Night Auditor for the Del Monte Lodge in Pebble Beach. He later worked at the Pebble Beach Post Office and during that time met our mother, Doris Eyre. They were married for 19 years, before Doris died in 1970. In 1965 he purchased the Carmel Color Center, a paint store he ran for 28 years. He and his business partner also started Peninsula Striping Service, striping streets and parking lots with the motto, "No job too small!"
He was a member of several organizations, including Carmel Lions, Monterey Masonic Lodge (where he was awarded the prestigious Hiram Award), Jesters of the Monterey Museum of Art, volunteered many years for the Dixieland Jazz Festival, and served on the Monterey County Grand Jury for a year. He was a charter member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
He still found time to learn how to fly and enjoyed taking friends on plane rides around California. He loved to travel, taking numerous trips to Europe, the Caribbean, and El Salvador, as well as travels throughout the US. He enjoyed boating and water-skiing, and was wild on two skis! He'll be remembered for his caring, generous and humorous nature, and an old-fashioned work ethic.
Alvin is survived by his two daughters Joan (Steven) of Beaverton, OR, Jacqueline of Hayward, and a son, Robert of Monterey.
The family would like to thank Coastal Care Home and VNA Adult Day Care for their excellent care of our father, and a special gratitude to Dr. Richard King.
A private family service will be held and a remembrance of his life will be held Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the family home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to a
Published in The Monterey Herald on Aug. 29, 2013