Arthur Gustavo Chavez

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Arthur Gustavo Chavez entered his eternal rest, peacefully on March 7, 2020. He was born on October 8, 1948, the firstborn child of Josephine Burt Chavez and Frank Ramon Chavez. At the age of seven months, he moved to Belen, NM where he was raised. Immediately after graduating from Belen High School in 1968, Arthur joined the US Marine Corps where he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. As a Marine, he served two tours of duty in Vietnam including being a part of “Operation Frequent Wind,” evacuating refugees off the coast of Vietnam after the fall of Saigon in 1975. He also served two years as a Drill Instructor at MCRD in San Diego.

In 1973 he married his wife of 46 years, Chloe Chavez. They were blessed with two wonderful children, Kevin and Megan. Two years ago, a beautiful daughter-in-law, Anna joined their family. In 1978 Arthur began working for Viking Freight System, a local California trucking company that was eventually sold to Fed Ex Freight. He transferred to Phoenix, AZ in 1983 where he worked as a local pick-up and delivery driver, a driver trainer, and an over-the-road driver. He was presented with many safety awards including a one-million-mile accident-free award. He won the AZ State Truck Driving Championship and placed twenty-third in the national competition. Art retired after 33 years of driving and enjoyed many hours fishing, woodworking, and spending time with his family. Art was a member of Skyway Church where he enjoyed serving the Lord and helping people.

Art is survived by his wife, Chloe; son, Kevin (Anna); daughter, Megan; mother, Josephine; sisters, Linda, and Marlene (Marty); brother-in-law, Pat; nephews and nieces, Frank, Shari, Jonathan, David, and Jacob; and eight great-nieces and nephews.   He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Carmen and Gustavo Burt; his paternal grandparents, Ruby and Felix Chavez; his father, Frank Ramon Chavez; his brother, Richard Francis Chavez; and his brother-in-law, Leroy Pino.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Interment will take place at 1:30 pm, Thursday, March 12, 2020, at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Skyway Church, 14900 W Van Buren St, Goodyear, AZ 85338.  Condolences for the family may be left below.

19 Comments on “Arthur Gustavo Chavez

  1. Your family is in my thoughts as you grieve this loss. It is an honor to serve you.

  2. No words can describe how sorry we are for your loss, our hearts go out to you and your family in your time of sorrow. You and your family are in our prayers. May God give you the peace that each of you seek. May our condolences bring you comfort and may our prayers ease the pain of your deep loss.

    Sal & Sherri Morales

  3. We send our prayers and love to you at this time. He is dancing with the angels. Sending hugs.

  4. Chavez Family
    Our hearts go out to your family!
    We love you!
    Fefa and family💜

  5. I am so sorry for your loss Chloe and family! Prayers for you all to receive peace & comfort from Holy Spirit during your time of grieving the loss of Arthur! We rejoice knowing He is in the presence of the Lord, however, we mourn the loss of this man of God! Continued love, prayers & blessings in Christ for you & your entire family, in Jesus precious name!

  6. Sincere condolences to our entire “Chavez” family! Arthur was a great son, soldier, husband, father, brother, uncle and most definitely cousin! We will all miss you dearly but always keep our many happy memories of you dear to our hearts! With love always, Rita (Chavez, adopted) Abbott-Billings

  7. Our deepest condolences to Chloe and family. Thoughts and prayers being lifted up for peace, comfort and rest during this difficult time. Our joy comes from knowing we will meet again in heaven.

  8. Thoughts and prayers to the Chavez family. Blessing and prayers to everyone. Lord, may you bring comfort and peace during this difficult time to this amazing family Amen. . Rest In Peace Arthur.
    Love to all on behalf of the family of Eileen ❤️❤️

  9. Prayers and blessing to the Chavez Family.
    Lord, please bring Comfort and peace to this amazing family during this difficult time. Amen.
    So sorry for your Loss on behalf of the entire family of Eileen .

  10. Chloe, Kevin, Megan, Anna and all of your family, Shirley and I are heartbroken for your loss. Art is now talking to God face to face in all of God’s Glory and getting all his questions answered. Shirley and I are sending you are love, hugs, and prayers of comfort during this most difficult time.
    All our love,
    Nick and Shirley

  11. Dear Chloe and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Actually feel like it’s a loss for many. But, of course, especially for you.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you.

  12. Our hearts are broken for your loss Chloe, Auntie Yiki and all our cousins. Sending you love and prayers.

  13. Rest in peace my friend. Even though your infectious smile and your nagging me to be the best person I could be… I will miss you like a brother. It was great fun running the miles with you at Viking and FedEx and in part, I am the man I am today because of you. Lots of love to you my brother from another mother….

  14. Very sorry to hear this. God speed from one old Viking to another.

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