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Joe Chavez


1932 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Joe Chavez Obituary

A memorial service is scheduled at 10 a.m. on Friday Oct. 10, 2014, at Saint John's Catholic Church in Roswell for Joe Rosario Chavez of Alamogordo. Joe passed away in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Sept. 26, 2014, with family at his side after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.

Joe was born on June 3, 1932, in Hondo, to Max Chavez and Santana Sanchez, who preceded him in death. Joe was also preceded in death by his wife Anita Annie Chavez, of Alamogordo; his brother Ernest Chavez of Artesia, and a sister Anna Rae Fletcher of Aurora, Colo.
Joe served honorably in the United States Navy from 1949-1953 during the Korean war. Joe married Anita Annie Nieto on July 4, 1954, they raised two daughters, Kathy and Karla in Alamogordo.
Joe was employed at the Holloman Air Force Base Fire Department for three years and later transferred to the 846th High Speed Test Track Squadron where he worked as an electronics technician for 32 years. Joe was involved in many top secret mission tests on aircraft systems, munitions, electronic combat, aerodynamics and others. Joe received many awards and commendations for his skill and knowledge and was often told that his knowledge was equal or surpassed electronic engineers at the high speed test facility.
Joe retired in 1989 from his civil service position at Holloman AFB.

Joe loved to fish and hunt. He loved NFL Football and he loved to play table tennis at the test track he was known as the ping pong Champion for his skill at the game.
Joe also had a love for horse racing. Ruidoso Downs knew Joe and liked him. His knowledge of race horses, and the jockeys who rode them, was a natural gift to him. He always said you have to be gifted to win a horse race and have a little luck to go along with it. He said you had to be able to read a racing form while driving to the race track.
Joe's knowledge and skill in the construction trade was very well known. Joe helped many friends and family with his skillful hands and knowledge.

Joe is survived by his ex-wife Irene Pineda of Alamogordo; son Johnny Ray De La Cruz of San Diego, Calif.; daughters Kathy Jackson and her spouse Charlotte Birdwell of Corpus Christi, Texas; Karla Ozunal of Tampa, Fla.; Michelle and her husband John Haley of Alamogordo; Nicki and her husband Kevin Zamora of Tularosa; Lucy and her husband Manuel Duran of Tularosa, and Ginger Pineda of Ruidoso.
Joe has 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.
Joe is also survived by his pride and joy and sister Mary Gonzales of Roswell, Mary nursed and cared for her brother whom she loved very much during his tough battle with Parkinsons.

Joe and Mary shared many wonderful memories together. Joe will be greatly missed by all of his friends and family.

Joe wanted to say farewell to all of his race track buddies.... "See you at the big race track in the sky bros."
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Oct. 8 to Nov. 7, 2014
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