|Death: ||Jul. 27, 2011|
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."
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Record added: Jul 28, 2011
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Richard, you were my dad's golfing partner and I'll never forget your stories. My sister Julie seem to know more about you and your brother than the rest of us, see you in heaven|
Added: Nov. 20, 2013
Forget Me Nots for you sir. Good story in L. A. Times, Oct 25, 2013 of Cesar Chavez and possible California State Parks and Recreation designations being made including Cesar's final resting place in Keene, CA.|
Added: Oct. 25, 2013
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