Michael Anthony Chavez passed away on November 5, 2021, at the age of 69. Michael was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona where he attended Immaculate Heart Catholic School, St. Mary’s High School and Phoenix College. After college, Michael served 12 years in both the US Air Force and Arizona Air National Guard. While serving in the US Air Force, Michael married his high school sweetheart, Norma, and they remained together for 48 years up until the day of his passing. After being honorably discharged from the military, he worked as a Journeyman Carpenter for 21 years and then transitioned to the City of Phoenix, Water Services Department where he eventually retired from at the age of 62. After retirement Michael and Norma moved to Pinetop, Arizona to fulfill their lifelong dream of living in a cabin up North. Michael leaves five sons, David, Marcus (Jeanette), Jason, Steven (Katrina), Nicholas (Katrina), nine grandchildren and two great granddaughters. Michael is preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Esther Chavez, brothers David, Jimmy and George. He is survived by five sisters, Barbara, Cathy, Anna, Diana, Angela (Woody), and brother Robert (Lupe) along with many nieces and nephews. Michael’s celebration of life will be private due to the Global Pandemic. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com.
Our deepest condolences to you and your family.
My heart goes out to all my “brothers” David, Mark, Jason, Steve and Nick,
Growing up with all of you my sisters and I have so many memories.
Mike you will forever be missed, Norma and brothers hugs to you all!!!
Mike was always so welcoming to all of us girls even though we were the “ annoying girls from next door” that would make “Rocky” bark just so one of the boys would come out to see what he was barking at.
The Chavez family will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
Love you all
Jaime & Christine Bejar
Our Sincerest Condolences to the Chavez Family. May you find Peace and Comfort during this difficult time. Hugs and Prayers sent your way.
Love, Jaime & Christine Bejar
To the Chavez Family, sending my condolences and love. God Bless.
Gerardo "Biby" and Lydia Rueda
My heart is broken. Michael was such an awesome friend. I offer my deepest condolences to my dearest friends, the Chavez family. Norma, I envelope you in my arms to bring you comfort. Heaven has an angel. Michael will be missed.
Our deepest sympathy to the Chavez Family.
Becky Conner White, Class of 1970
I send love and prayers to the family from a St. Mary’s Alum. Cancer is a very difficult diagnosis to live with, and pass away from. Glad he ended up moving to Pinetop. Our family had a cabin there for many years, and it is a wonderful place to have lived…
Blessings to all, and wish peace for your heats.
Becky Conner White
Michael was awesome gentleman and great friend. Rest In Peace my brother,
My deepest condolences to the Chavez family.
Joe and I are very sorry to read about Michael’s passing. We send each member of your family our love, thoughts, and prayers.
I’m sorry to hear of your husbands passing. I am thinking of you at this sad time and extend my sincere condolences.
Love and Hugs,
Rossana “BooBoo” Sazueta Gatlin
Diane (Schweder) Carroll
I would like to offer my condolences to Mike’s family & close friends.
So sorry for your loss. Just heard about it from my Aunt Toni. Prayers to all the family. Love
My cousin Michael will be forever missed me and him were born 2 days apart and were very close. I love you cousin and may you RIP
As I read Michael’s obituary I was reminded of times watching you two walking together through the halls of St. Mary’s High School, all those years ago. How lucky that you had each other for so many years. Best wishes to you and family and my deepest sympathies for your loss.