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Elfego Chavez

January 22, 1932 — October 14, 2020

Chavez, Elfego

Elfego Chavez, 88, went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at his home in Torreon, with his family at his bedside.  Mr. Chavez was born on January 22, 1932 in Torreon, NM to Melcor and Concepcion Chavez.

On May 22, 1954, he married his wife, Reina, they lived in Torreon, NM and raised seven children.  He lived a rich, spiritual life and was a faithful member of San Antonio Catholic Church in Torreon and an active member of the Society of Saint Joseph (Sociedad de San Jose).  Elfego retired from the U.S. Forest Service in 1994 after 34 years of faithful federal service.  He was well-known for his gift of well wishing.  He enjoyed singing, dancing, and helping others.  He loved gardening and took pride in his garden, especially his pumpkins.  He loved spending time with his family, grandkids and sharing stories.

Mr. Chavez is preceded in death by his son, Thomas Chavez; parents, Melcor and Concepcion Chavez; brothers, Jose Chavez and Feliciano Chavez; sisters, Juanita Otero, Rosita Trujillo, Rita Garcia, and Candelaria Garcia.

Mr. Chavez is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Reina; his daughters, Carmen Sanchez, Lupe Vigil (Irvin), Linda Herrera (David), Cathleen Gurule (Donald), Jessica Barboa, his son, Norbert Chavez (Elva) and daughter-in-law, June Tapia-Chavez; grandchildren, Christopher Sanchez (Jennifer), Stephanie Sanchez, Cynthia Medina (Nick), Tanya Pohl (Marvin), Tiffany Vigil, Isaac Herrera, Sophia Herrera, Elias Gurule, Michael Barboa (Melissa), Steven Barboa, Joslyn Barboa, Erica Chavez, Norbert Chavez, Jr., Antionette Roybal (Matthew), Desiree Chavez (Canon); great-grandchildren, Joshua Sanchez, Matthew Roybal, Jr., Thomas Sanchez, Mia Roybal, Aundrea Chavez, Isabeya Medina, Elijah Medina, Cheyenne Duby, Elsie Duby; one great-great granddaughter, Alizae Roybal; brothers and sisters, Eulalia Gutierrez, Gabe Chavez (Lucy), Sal Chavez, Gilbert Chavez (Rachel), Melcor Chavez, Jr., Peggy Pohl (Herman), Sylvia Castillo (Wilford), and Cicil Chavez (Emma).

Visitation will be Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 4:00-7:00 pm, at Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM with Rosary to follow at 7:00 pm.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, October 22, 2020, 10:00 am, at San Antonio Catholic Church in Torreon, NM.  Interment will follow at Torreon Campo Santo.  Pallbearers will be Christopher Sanchez, Norbert Chavez, Jr., Isaac Herrera, Michael Barboa, Steven Barboa and Elias Gurule.

The family would like to give special thanks to everyone for their prayers, help and support.

To view information or leave a condolence please visit

Daniels Family Funeral Services
1100 Coal Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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Mass of Christian Burial

Thursday, October 22, 2020

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