Permon Chavious (1947 - 2015)

  • "I am so very sorry to learn of Coach's passing. He was a..."
    - Kimberly Moreno
  • "I met Coach Chavious while playing football at Service High..."
    - Rich Hawkins
  • "I am so sorry for your great loss.It is wonderful how he..."
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  • "Finding words to express the heartbreak I feel in the..."
    - Erna Whiston
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Permon Chavious Jr. passed away on Dec. 5, 2015, at the age of 68. Born on March 5, 1947, in Bremen, Germany, Permon spent most of his childhood in Anchorage, Alaska, and Columbia, S.C., before his football prowess earned him a scholarship to New Mexico Highlands University. Permon expertly played left tackle, winning recognition as the Outstanding Offensive Lineman at NMHU for three years in a row beginning in 1966. Permon's success on the field was not soon forgotten and in 2013, he was inducted in the university's Hall of Honor. Permon's successes did not end at NMHU. After graduation, he dedicated his life to young people as a science teacher and athletic coach in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and, most extensively, in Alaska. In 1986, he was named Coach of the Year for the Cook Inlet Football Conference for his work coaching football at Service High School in Anchorage. On and off the field, Permon worked tirelessly for his students. He was their coach, mentor, their greatest cheerleader. He was endlessly demanding and fiercely protective. He worked connections in the Lower 48 to secure scholarships, inspired by and grateful for the opportunities afforded to him by his own collegiate scholarship. Outside of school, Permon was an avid outdoorsman, the epitome of the Alaskan lifestyle. He fished. He hunted. He forded rivers in his underwear with his young daughter on his shoulders. He taught his children to hunt, to ward off bears with song, to enjoy and respect the wonders of the Alaskan wilderness that he so loved and Van Morrison, whose lyrics he inexplicably failed to master despite years of repetition. He had the biggest heart, the loudest laugh, a bone crushing hug and an enormous funny bone. Permon is survived by his wife; children; siblings; and countless men and women lucky enough to have called him "Coach." His departure has left a hole in our hearts befitting the size of his. So long, Alaska Man. Until we can fish together again. Memorial contributions may be made to Service High School Athletics c/o Amanda Cook, 5577 Abbott Rd., Anchorage, AK 99507.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Jan. 16, 2016