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Judge Blas Chapa, joined the "Love of his Life", Socorro Vera Chapa in heaven on May 10, 2010. The Lord said "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 12:28. He was born on November 29th, 1930 in El Refugio, Starr County, Texas.
Blas was preceded in death by his wife, Socorro, his parents Jose Maria Chapa and Francisca Balderas Chapa.
He is survived by his son; Blas Jr.(Clelia), his daughters; Irasema (Harold) Maxwell and Ileana (Victor V.) Vicinaiz , his sisters; Trinidad Chapa, Marcy (Ruben) Reyes, Maria Bazan (Basilio+) , and his brother Jose (Petra) Chapa. Blas is also survived by his grandchildren; Brianna Maxwell, Blas Chapa III, John Edward Maxwell, Victor V. Vicinaiz II, Sara I. Vicinaiz and Miguel Chapa and numerous nieces and nephews.
Born on the banks of the Rio Grande and into a family of very modest means, Judge Chapa, known to his friends as "Blasito" worked his way through school, walking and bicycling into Rio Grande City to attend school. Like many of his contemporaries he toiled in the fields, hoeing, harvesting vegetables and produce, and picking cotton in the valley and up North.
Upon graduating from high school in 1948 and jobs lacking, Blasito joined the Army. He was trained as a Medic in Kansas and was shipped to Japan and then Korea. He saw much combat and narrowly avoided capture by the Chinese and Koreans. After his return home he was awarded numerous commendations and honorably discharged.
He then began attending Edinburg Jr. College, earning his pay driving a bus from Rio Grande City to Edinburg ferrying other college students. It was there he began courting his future wife, Soccorro Vera. Upon graduating from college he began his career as a school teacher and thereafter principal. He eventually completed his Bachelors Degree at Pan American University and soon thereafter began his life in politics. He served as the Starr County District Clerk and eventually served two terms as Starr County Judge. In addition to teaching the children of Starr County and serving the community, his other interests included assisting others with his bookkeeping services.
He was a well read and well liked man who it could be truly said never met a person he did not like. Although at times a man of controversy he did what he thought was best. Always willing to lend a hand he helped many without compensation and out of the goodness of his heart.
Upon retirement he moved to Edinburg and most recently to Mission. In his later years he enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, relatives and visiting with friends. He will be sorely missed.
Pallbearers will be his sons-in-law: Harold Maxwell and Victor V. Vicinaiz; his nephews: Basilio Bazan, Jr.,Christobal Bazan, Alejandro Bazan and Demetrio Bazan.
Visitation will be at Sanchez Funeral Home today, May 14, 2010 from 1 to 9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. rosary each day. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15, 2010, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rio Grande City. Interment will follow at St. John's Cemetary.
Sanchez Funeral Home of Rio Grande City is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Monitor from May 13 to May 14, 2010
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