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Max Chavez


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Chavez, Max



Max Eugene Chavez passed away peacefully in his home in San Pedro, New Mexico on February 17th, 2016 at the age of 62 after a long, heroic battle against cancer.

Max is survived by his wife Beth; his daughters Gabriela and Michaela; siblings Olga Chavez, Dennis Chavez, Lorraine Salazar, John Chavez, and Viola Allen.

He is preceded in death by his father Del Chavez, his mother Viola Chavez, and his brother David Chavez.

Max was born on June 4th, 1953 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and spent most of his life on the farm in Peralta and on the ranch in Golden. He graduated from Los Lunas High School in 1971. He then moved to Golden to help manage his father's ranch and start his career in mining. During this time, he met his future wife, Beth and they shared many good times together. After their marriage in 1985, they welcomed into their lives their beautiful twin daughters, Michaela and Gabriela on June 24th, 1986. Soon thereafter, he started Max Maintenance & Construction which began a 25-year long successful business. His commitment to his business was exceptional even up to 2 days before his death. Max was a one-of-a-kind man. He befriended everyone he met and lightened up every room with his presence. He warmed hearts and brought smiles wherever he went. One of Max's greatest joys was fishing in the cool waters of the West Fork of the San Juan on a sunny afternoon, challenging the rainbow trout. He was always charitable and truly dignified, and had a multitude of dear friends.

The burial of Max's ashes will take place at San Pedro Cemetery at 1pm on Saturday, February 20th, 2016 (GPS coordinates: 35.2386533, - 106.2186352).

He wished to be buried there next to his father and brother. A potluck memorial reception will be held afterward from 2:30pm - 5:30pm at Hacienda Dona Andrea (78 Vista del Oro, Los Cerrillos, NM 87010). All are welcome to attend and celebrate Max's life. Please wear comfortable shoes.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the University of New Mexico Cancer Center (cancer.unm.edu/help/you-can-help). Condolences can be sent to Beth Chavez (120 Oro Quay Rd, Sandia Park, NM 87047). Max's family would like to thank Max's friends, amazing caregivers, hospice staff, and oncology team for their care and dedication.
Published in Albuquerque Journal from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2016
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