Eugene Byrron Chapman(1922 - 2013)

EUGENE BYRON CHAPMAN Eugene Byron Chapman passed away February 4, 2013. He was born June 24, 1922 to Bertha and Stanley Chapman in Chico. He was raised in Chico and as a teenager worked as a stable hand for Dr. Enloe and also Richardson Springs Resort. He enlisted in the Army during WWII and was stationed in Indio, CA and then Ft. Lewis WA., where he met the love of his life, Dorothy Johnson. They were married on February 18, 1945. He worked for Diamond Match Co. in Chico for 35 years and retired in 1980. He then worked part time for BloodSource, retiring in 1987, and he also became a 20-Gallon donor. He was a proud member and served as a past commander of the American Legion in Chico. After retirement, he and his wife spent summers in Butte Meadows and Ft. Bragg. After the loss his wife in 1995, he continued to spend his summers in Butte Meadows. One of the highlights of his life was being the Grand Marshall at the 4th of July parade in Butte Meadows in 2011. Gene leaves behind his sisters, Marion Frey and Barbara Quiring, children Norma (Charlie) Boales, Suzi (Norman) Boales, Diane (Greg) Wheeler and Bruce (Anna) Chapman, 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He also leaves his close friends Shirley and Marty Johnson and Concha Felix, who often visited him during his time at Twin Oaks, and his many friends in Butte Meadows. The family would like to thank Twin Oaks, especially Debbie Drane, and so many others for their compassionate care and love they expressed during his care there. At his request there will be no service.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Feb. 6, 2013