Francisco ‘Frank’ Chavez


2019/02/obit-Frank-Chavez-2-9-19-169x300.jpgFrancisco “Frank” Chavez passed to his eternal rest in the arms of his Lord at Mercy Hospital on Feb. 9, with his loving family at his side. Eighty-five years old, Frank was born in Rosa, N.M., to Juanita Rodriguez and Jose Amador Chavez. He graduated from Ignacio High School and served in the Air Force during the Korean War in Yokota, Japan, and on Guam. Sgt. Chavez was a senior cryptographic operator for the Air Force Special Security Office, Third Air Division.

Frank spent a number of years working in California before being called home to the family ranch in Carracas, Colo. He spent the rest of his life there as a caregiver to his father and then to his mother, and as a rancher.

Although Frank never married, he earned the love and deep admiration of his 20 nieces and nephews and their 43 children and grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers Joe, Amador and wife Patricia, Chris, and Leonard. Frank shared his sense of humor, love of storytelling, words of wisdom and his deep faith. He enjoyed life and will be greatly missed by his large family and many friends.

Charitable donations may be made to the Maryknoll Sisters or to St. Jude’s Hospital.

Services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, at St. Peters Catholic Church in Arboles with 10 a.m. Recitation of the Rosary, 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial and burial to follow at the Pagosa Junction Cemetery up Cat Creek Road. Lunch will be served in the church hall around 3 p.m.