Samuel Chavez

Passed: June 28, 2023

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Samuel “Sam” Chavez Jr of Goodyear, Arizona passed away June 28, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 76. He was born August 3, 1946 in El Paso, Texas to Samuel Chavez Sr and Luisa Chavez both of whom predeceased him. He was also preceded in death by his sister Patricia Urquidi.

Sam is survived by his wife of 27 years Camille (neé Palumbo) Chavez, daughter Linda R (Ruben) Chavez-Rojo, sisters Margie (Tony) Romero and Mary Lou (Joaquin) Gonzalez, and brothers Richard, Eddie (Grace), Joe (Cathy-deceased) and Willie Chavez. He is also survived by his grandson Angel Michael Chavez, two step-grandsons Mateo and Milo Rojo, many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Sam grew up in Socorro, Texas. After graduating high school, he joined the United States Air Force and served in Thailand and Guam during the Viet Nam War. During his time in the military, he graduated from college with a BS degree. After spending 20 years in the Air Force, Sam retired and began his second 20-year career at ADOT until 2011 when he retired.

Sam was an avid golfer and enjoyed watching it on television too.  He was always outdoors working in the yard and grew many beautiful plants.  He built birdhouses to give to his family and friends. He was a member of the Men’s Golf Club at Falcon Dunes Luke AFB and for many years he was a prior board member of the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley.

Sam was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend.  He was full of energy and loved the bright and joyful things in life. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends.

On Thursday July 27th, 2023 there will be a 10:00 am Funeral Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church 11001 N 40th St. Phoenix AZ 85028. Following Mass, he will be laid to rest at The National Memorial Cemetery 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85024 at 12:30 pm.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

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20 responses to Samuel Chavez

  1. There’s not much more to say about Sam except he was a great guy! He will be missed as a friend, neighbor and jokester who took great pleasure in confusing us.

  2. Gregg Kiely says:

    I too was a colleague of Sam’s at ADOT for many years; actually he and I were direct counterparts managing two of our main work areas. Though I haven’t seen Sam in many years, I have thought of him often and how he could always brighten up a day when you or others were down, and was always, always good for a laugh! But, you could tell most important to him is he cared about the people in his life so much, his at home and work families. He and I had some great times on the road, I’m sure he’s having a good laugh about one of them as I write this! To Sam’s family, I’m so sorry but please know that he is smiling upon us. Sam, I miss the sunshine you brought us all and salute you on your great journey! Your pal, Gregg

  3. I’m sorry to hear of the passing of Sam. He was loved by many, all over Arizona. Let us all raise an RC Cola and Moon Pie in Sam’s honor! To a life well lived!

  4. Teri Kennedy says:

    I also had the honor to work with Sam for several years at the dot. Sam always lit up the room with sunshine and the ability to get people to come together. He could make things happen so it seemed with a smile and kind words. He also was highly competitive a loved to win at golf or bowling. I missed my opportunity to get a good whoppin at bowling. May all the blessings go with you Sam Chavez!

  5. Camille…So sorry to hear of your loss. You found happiness when you found Sam. I’m glad for you for that. I’m sure Sam is now at peace. We must be thankful for what we had. Thoughts of you. Xo

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