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Ernest S. "Ernie" Chavez

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Ernest S. "Ernie" Chavez Obituary
Ernest S. Chavez was called by the Lord to be with his Father on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009.
Ernie was born in Alamogordo on Jan. 3, 1956, to Eloy M. and Angelina S. Chavez. He was an Alamogordo High School graduate, Class of 1975. Ernie was better known as "Cheesy Rider" for his love and riding abilities of his old-school Harley Davidson chopper.
Ernie will always be remembered for his first love of music and his high energy while performing for the many thousands of people during his lifetime. His musical career started at the early age of 14 when he started playing and singing for the Chancellors.
He played for the StarLiners, a local band, favorite for many years. Through the almost 40 years of his musical career, he played with numerous bands and recorded many songs with Los Diamontes, of Las Cruces. He was living in Albuquerque and working in Santa Fe for BSN Santa Fe, an engineering consulting firm, where he was a material analyst.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Lucy Chavez; daughter Dominica (Nikki) Chavez; and four grandchildren, which he adored with all his heart, Anthony Matta, Aaliyah Matta, Elias Matta, and Emmanuel Matta.
He will also be missed by his mom, Angelina Chavez, of Alamogordo; and two brothers, Eddie and Michael Chavez, of Las Cruces. He will also be missed by his niece, Angelisa (Angel) Chavez, of Alamogordo.
Pallbearers will be Casimero (Junior) Valenzuela, David (Shorty) Gallegos, Steve Sandoval, Jaime Arenas, Valentino (Tiny) Chavez, Johnny Joe Chavez, Roy Brooks and Wade Taylor.
Honorary pallbearers are Orlando Lucero Jr., Orlando Lucero III, Antonio Lucero, Fred Serna and George Serna.
The Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church by Estella Valle.
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 24, 2009, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with Father Bryant Hausfeld, O.F.M., celebrant.
Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery.
Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, at Alamogordo Funeral Home.
The Chavez family has entrusted the care of their loved one to Alamogordo Funeral Home.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Aug. 21 to Sept. 4, 2009
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