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Chavez, Israel Roque - Foothill Ranch  
Israel Roque Chavez (78) passed away at home on December 20, 2014 in Foothill Ranch (Orange County), California. He was born in San Patricio, NM. Israel is survived by his wife, Patricia (Parra) and three daughters, Sarah from West Hollywood, CA, Annette from Miami, FL and Angela from Rancho Margarita, CA. He is also survived by his Aunt Mrs. Eva (Chavez) Kohlrust of Alamogordo, NM; four brothers, Felix, Arturo, Monroy and Rueben and six sisters; Lydia Rue, Maria Salas, Teresa Chavez, Dolores Carrillo, Lillian Lopez and Adelina Payne. He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Benjamin, Rayner, Modesto, Charlie, Elena Klein and Esperanza Chavez. He was preceded in death by his parents, Aristeo and Cristina Chavez; his paternal grandparents Transisto and Angelita Chavez and maternal grandparents, Jorge and Josefita Romero. Israel made the decision to move to Southern California in 1965 to pursue his career as an automotive mechanic and a well respected vintage car restoration enthusiast. Patricia and Israel raised their three daughters in California to appreciate a diverse lifestyle, a good education and all immense possibilities that California had to offer…. he also loved the good year round weather that California had to offer but he never forgot his roots in San Patricio, NM. It had a very special place in his heart.. Israel maintained his movie star good looks and his elegant style through out his life and he was known as a bit of a "clothes horse". He remained humble and he was a shy man with a sly sense of humor….Israel had an extensive music collection; some of his favorites were Elvis Presley, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, Lola Beltran and Stan Getz. Israel fought a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease; he passed and left this world the way he lived - quietly and gracefully. Celebration of Israel's Life (Memorial) are pending at this time and will take place in the spring of 2015 in NM. Location, date and time will be announced.
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Published in Ruidoso News from Feb. 5 to Mar. 4, 2015
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