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Paul Chavez passed away Monday, May 31, 2010, in Tucumcari, after a brief illness. He was born on August 17, 1939, in Sabinoso, New Mexico.
Paul began working at a very young age as a cowboy on neighboring ranches in the Solano area. Among them were the Clabber Hill and Bell Ranches. As a young adult, he began a law enforcement career as an officer in Santa Rosa, New Mexico in the early 1960's and later served as Chief of Police in Cimarron, New Mexico. After retiring, he was an OTR driver for Yellow Freight Systems and Steer Tank Lines and later was employed by the NM Department of Transportation.
Paul had a deep commitment to the Lord and loved serving as a Deacon and Music Director at First Spanish Baptist Church in Tucumcari. He was passionate about serving the Lord with service to others, especially children, and one way he demonstrated that was by gathering aluminum to sell and donating the proceeds to the Baptist Children's Home.
Paul is survived by his wife of 52 years, Yolanda "Jolly" of the home; five sons, Ronnie (Connie) and Cecil Chavez of Tucumcari, Matt (Terri) and Ben (Donna) Chavez of Amarillo, and Bill (Monica) of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and two daughters, Patti (Kenneth) Bell of Tucumcari, and Maxine Chavez of Amarillo, Texas. He had 15 grandchildren, Brian (Kendra) Chavez, Tiffany (Felix) Apodaca, Brandon and Marc (Tonya) Bell, Sonja, Jason, Savannah, and Seth Chavez, Jonathan and Jordan Chavez, Danielle Chavez, Brandon and Kendra Knowles, and Lucas and Ryan Chavez and 11 great-grandchildren who loved their pampo.
A memorial service to celebrate Paul's life will be held at Immanuel Baptist Church in Tucumcari at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, June 5, 2010, after which cremation will follow with arrangements by Hillcrest Funeral Home of Littlefield, Texas. Pallbearers are Joe Blea, Luis Parra, Lawrence Lucero, Manuel Gutierrez, James Wagley, and Miguel Chavez. Honorary pallbearers are Ester Lujan, Pete Sisneros, Andy Trujillo, Martha Whitesides, Josephine Abeyta, MaryAnn Garrett, James Neal, Billy Neal, and Alex Neal.
He was most recently preceded in death by his sister, Katarina Griego, and a brother, Joaquin Chavez.
In lieu of flowers, as per Paul's wishes, the family requests that donations in his memory should be made to the Baptist Children's Home in Portales, New Mexico or your favorite charity.
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