Richard Joseph Chaboya

Richard Joseph Chaboya Richard Joseph Chaboya was born in Saratoga, CA, on November 14, 1930, and left this earth cherished by his daughter and grandchildren on October 18, 2013. Richard, the youngest of four children, grew up in the Saratoga area and attended Los Gatos High School. He met the love of his life, Vivian Fraser, and was married in 1951. Shortly after getting married he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was stationed in Yokohama, Japan for two years, from 1951 to 1953. He was an infantry gunner whose job was to man a .50 caliber anti-aircraft weapon. Once he returned home from the war he began working for PG&E in San Francisco for 15 years and then another 12 years for the City of San Francisco as a civil service plumber. Richard was part of the Local 38 Plumber and Pipefitters Union. During this time Richard and Vivian welcomed their daughter Suzanne Cecelia Chaboya on April 29, 1953. He retired in 1980 and moved to Lakeport, CA, with his daughter. After relocating, Richard worked for 20 years as a caretaker and gardener for different homes and estates. He worked many years at Via Del Lago in Lakeport, and also maintained two beautiful estates in New Castle and Healdsburg. He moved back to Lake County to be near his family in 2008. Richard lived a full life and his granddaughters meant the world to him. He is survived by his daughter, Suzanne, and her husband, Larry Henry; his two granddaughters, Daniele Zimmerman and Jamie Lynn Henry; nieces, Lolli Ortolan and Pinky Hurney and family; his loyal friend, Jerry McAllister; and his dog Stubby. A celebration of life will be held in early spring in the Los Gatos area with his extended family. Masses are also being said in his honor at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lakeport. For further information call Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary at 707)263-0357 or visit Please share your memories by signing the guest book at

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Chapel Of The Lakes
1625 North High Street Lakeport, CA 95453
(707) 263-0357

Published in Lake County Record-Bee from Nov. 14 to Nov. 20, 2013