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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On April 18, 2014 @ 2:31 pm In Obituary | 7 Comments


91½, of Phoenix, passed away on April 15, 2014.  He served in WWII and after that he began his journey with the love of his life Esther.  He was a union carpenter by trade and retired from McCarthy Construction in 1987. 

He is survived by his loving wife Esther, of 67 years, 5 daughters and 4 sons; Bobbie, Cathy, Anna (Ben), Diana, Angela (Woody), David (Kathy), Michael (Norma), Robert (Lupe) and George.  Ray is preceded in death by his son Jimmy Ray. He is also survived by his 2 brothers and 2 sisters in California, 18 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 1 great, great-grandchild.  Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30am, Rosary will be at 10:30am and Funeral Mass at 11:00am, Friday, April 25, 2014 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 909 E. Washington Street, Phoenix.  Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.



Condolences for the family of “CHAVEZ, RAY PAZ”

Condolence from Frank P Angulo on April 19th, 2014 2:50 pm

My sympathy goes out to my Auntie Esther and my loving cousins,your husband and dad was one of a kind,he was like a second dad to me and much more,did so much for us growing up.You will be missed Uncle Ray,love you and may you rest in peace

Condolence from Angela Chavez Weld on April 19th, 2014 6:38 pm

Papa, I am so happy for you, now you can be free of pain and confusion and stand strong and tall as you use to. You and I have been through your journey of complications the last 15 yrs. We made a pack to each other that I would be right by your side because you did’nt know the medical world, you said to me ” I am from the construction world”. Sir along with Danny Boy who would also research for you every symptom it was an honor you trusted us to confide all your thoughts and concerns. After you retired in 87 I told you I did’nt know you as my Father because you worked all your life to support us, you said ” then we have some work to do” from then forward were the best days of my life with you I was attached to your hip and learned what an awesome , beautiful, handsome, strong, loving,compassionate, funny,forgiving,supportive Papa you were and I was Blessed to have you. Thank you for your sacrifices you will always be with me! Be with our brother Jimmy and all our loved ones and be happy, you know we will take care of Mom but she will miss you very much, the hole in heart will never mend till she sees you again with our brother ….. Love your baby!

Condolence from Lilly Rae Chavez on April 19th, 2014 6:57 pm

I miss you Tata. I love you very much. I wish you were still here.

Condolence from Michael Christy jr. on April 21st, 2014 4:09 pm

Dear Chavez Family,
My deepest condolences on the passing of your Patriarch and my uncle. Though I did not see him much in these recent years, I have always felt a strong connection as he was my Tata’s younger brother. I wil always remember a big strong handsome man with distinguished gray neatly groomed hair, as all the men(uncles) in the Chavez family have. I look foward to spending time with you all and sharing in your grief, finding strength, love and celebration of his life. Please find comfort in the memories and the joys that came from being apart of him and his life. Peace and Love, Mike

Condolence from woody weld on April 21st, 2014 10:24 pm

It has been the greatest blessing to be an adopted member of the family of Ray Chavez for the past 13 years. I married Ray’s youngest daughter, Angela, and since then Ray has been my Father in Law. I have not met Ray’s equal on this planet, and I have been here for a long time and met many thousands!!

Ray Chavez was a man of astounding integrity, and after meeting those who knew him for the past 13 years, I can find not one who was lied to, cheated, misled, hurt, abandoned, in fact… I am not aware of anyone who was harmed by Mr. Chavez in any way.

Amazingly, Mr. Ray Chavez lived for 92 years and helped everyone he could. He was a wonderful father, even to those who were not his children. Besides being a great dad to his own 10 daughters and sons, he helped raise 6 grandchildren whose fathers were not present. In these kids lives, Ray made the critical difference which allowed them to become healthy adults. Hundreds of cousins, nephews and nieces, brothers and sisters, and his family everywhere of every kind, were touched by his kindness and strength.

My prayers are with his family, particularly Esther, the love of his life. together for over 60 years, Ray and Esther were the one couple you could witness and say “it is possible to be in love forever”.

Now Esther must go on, and her heart will be so very heavy from the loss of Ray. But Esther still has God’s work to do on PLanet Earth and that’s why she is still with us. Her daughters, sons, grandkids, and great grandkids will see that see has support and love every day.

I loved Ray Chavez as deeply as is possible. I also respected him and was his friend. I feel the same for Esther and always will.

May God bless them both and their families and friends who survive. And may God bless my wife Angela, who lost her Papa who she could not possibly have loved more.

Condolence from Kelly Chavez on April 23rd, 2014 7:48 am

My dearest Tata, you were the epitome of what a man should be. The most hardworking man I knew, in every sense. I will miss you dearly, I am so sad that my son won’t have you as the example that I had growing up. I just feel so blessed that he got to meet you and you could see you in him. I’m sorry for not being there like I wanted to, like I should have, but if anyone would understand why, it’s you. Thank you for showing me love my whole life, no matter what was going on around me. Thank you for spoiling me and Gina, picking us up and dropping us off whenever we wanted, attending our elementary school functions when my own parents couldn’t and just being there for us. I was honored to be by your side at the end, and I am confident that you are resting now, you my Tata deserve to rest more than anyone I know. I promise I will see Nana as much as I can, I know she is missing her heart. Until we meet again your granddaughter Kelly

Condolence from Diana Chavez on April 23rd, 2014 5:36 pm

Pops! You were, and will always be my hero! Forever will you reign on this Earth, because you so willingly give to everyone who needed a part of you. Please watch over all who loved, admired and adored you because now we are the ones who are in need of your prayers, for I know in my heart that you are in a beautiful Kingdom, with my brother Jimmy Ray, and all our of loved ones who have gone before. Thank you for your faith, love, strength, courage, and knowledge, you have enriched our lives with, they will forever live in us, as your example of what life is really about. I look forward to the day I see Mom’s and your love story on Tuner Classic Movie Channel, as the greatest love story ever told, well at least it is to the Chavez Family! Pops! Until I am able to look you in your beautiful eyes, and see that contagious, warm smile, I will forever hold you in my heart; I will miss you all the days of my life. I will praise you and Mom on the many accomplishments like your babies Tyra Rae, Tyler Ray and all your Grandchildren, Great children, and all the many more children to come in your names because you, Ray Paz Chavez, as well as your honey Esther Aros Chavez believed in God, and loved each other to make it all possible. I love you Pops! Jimmy Ray it is now your turn to enjoy Dad! We did, oh yes, we did!
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