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Richard Chavez
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Birth: Nov. 12, 1929
Yuma
Yuma County
Arizona, USA
Death: Jul. 27, 2011
Bakersfield
Kern County
California, USA

from AP News Service:

Richard Chavez, 81, passed away at a Bakersfield hospital Wednesday of complications from surgery, a union spokeswoman said. He was a leader in California's farmworker movement. He helped his brother Cesar Chavez build the United Farmworkers of America.

He was born on the family homestead, the two brothers left farm work in 1949, spending a year working together in lumber mills in Northern California

Eventually dedicating himself to union work, Richard Chavez organized the farmworkers' boycotts of California table grapes and other products in New York and Detroit during the 1960s and '70s. He was in charge of administrating union contracts in 1970, and later negotiated UFW agreements and oversaw union bargaining.

Chavez also designed the black Aztec eagle, the union's flag, and oversaw construction and helped build most of the major structures on the farmworkers' "Forty Acres" complex outside Delano, California, which became the union's headquarters.

Chavez is survived by his long-time partner Dolores Huerta also a labor activist and his estranged wife, Sally. He also leaves behind nine adult children and more than a dozen grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

"He knew how to deal with all kinds of people," said his son, Federico Chavez. "I don't think there was ever a person he didn't like." 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Librado H Chavez (1881 - 1982)
  Juana Estrada Chavez (1892 - 1991)
 
 Siblings:
  Cesar Estrada Chavez (1927 - 1993)*
  Richard Chavez (1929 - 2011)
  Elena Chavez (1931 - 1932)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Unknown
 
Created by: Theron & Helen Smith
Record added: Jul 28, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74047863
Richard Chavez
Added by: Theron & Helen Smith
 
 
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