|Birth: ||Mar. 15, 1947|
|Death: ||Dec. 7, 2012|
Raymond, a lifelong resident of Chimayo was predeceased by his parents George and Frances Chavez; brothers: Bennie and Levi Chavez; and nephew Calvin Chavez.
Raymond was survived by his lifelong love and wife of 45 years, Patsy Chavez; daughter Claudette (Paul), son Isidor (Yvette); and grandchildren: Dante, Santos, Izabella, Ava and Gianna, whom he loved without end; brother Frutoso (Grace); sister Helen Barela; sisters-in-law: Carmen & Lindy; mother-in-law that was like a mother to him, Gertude Baros; brothers-in-law: Bobby (Theresa), Eddie; sister-in-law Cindy Jimenez (Ronnie); and many close nieces and nephews.
Raymond was raised in El Potrero by a strong Catholic family who taught him values, respect and how to work hard. Raymond was well respected by all and a pillar in his community. He graduated from Santa Cruz High School in 1965 and was remembered for his basketball skills as point guard for the Santa Cruz Crusaders. After high school Raymond attended Northern New Mexico Community College in El Rito where he received his degree in Drafting. Thereafter, Raymond worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 34 years in various positions, initially as a draftsman and worked his way up to Senior Mechanical Designer.
Raymond also served as Santa Fe County Commissioner for District 1 from 1989-1994. Raymond currently served as Secretary of the Board of Directors for Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation as well as a member of the Presbyterian Espaņola Hospital Community Board of Trustees since 1994 and was Chair of the Board, a position he has held for the past 7 years until his passing. The latest renovations, of the new hospital tower, was his most recent accomplishment. Raymond played a major role in the community and had a high level of leadership experience. Raymond served as Executive Director of Interfaith Leap, a nonprofit organization involved in helping the youth overcome drug dependency and giving the community food commodities. He also served on the Holy Family Parish Council for 10 years, with 7 years as chair. Raymond also served on the Santa Fe Soil & Water Conservation Board for 13 years, Santa Cruz Irrigation District Board of Directors for 15, and was member and past Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus. He had a strong commitment to the residents and communities of northern New Mexico. Raymond prided himself with ranch work, tending to his cattle and "escardando la huerta" of Chimayo chili and passing on these traditions on to his children and grandchildren.
Raymond loved all sports, but especially loved basketball. Raymond still holds the state record for the most assists in a game. He could always be found listening, if not watching his UNM Lobos. Aside the sports, and most importantly, Raymond always prided his family's contribution in building and caretaking of El Santuario de Chimayo. Raymond had an impact on the lives and well being of many people and will be missed.
A Rosary was recited on December 11, 2012 at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Chimayo. Mass of the Resurrection was on December 12, 2012 at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Chimayo. Burial followed in the Potrero Cemetery in Chimayo. Pallbearers were close friends and family: Joe Vasquez, Alfonso Trujillo, Freddy Roybal, Ross Villareal, Ronnie Jimenez, Paul Martinez, Elias Martinez, & Harold Martinez. Honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren, all nieces and nephews, Godchildren, Espanola Hospital Board Members and Staff, LANL Foundation Board and Staff, Florence Jaramillo, Dennis Duran (ranch hand), Interfaith Leap Board and Employees, many co-workers and dear friends.
George D Chavez (1908 - 1989)
Frances Martinez Chavez (1912 - 2000)
El Potrero de Chimayo Holy Family Parish Cemetery
Santa Fe County
New Mexico, USA
Created by: truchasnm
Record added: Dec 10, 2012
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