Richard Chavez

Born: Sun., Jan. 14, 1940
Died: Fri., Sep. 20, 2019


Funeral Service

10:00 AM Fri., Sep. 27, 2019
Location: Burns Mortuary

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Richard Chavez, age 79, passed away in his home on Friday, September 20th surrounded by his family. Board January 14, 1940 to Bartolo and Cora (Trujillo) Chavez in Lovell, Wyoming. The youngest of five children the family relocated to Nyssa, Oregon when he was eight years old. He attended schools in Nyssa. Once completing high schoolk he attended meat cutting school in Boise, ID. After working at various locations he and a friend decided to try their hand at mill work. His first job was in Wallowa, Oregon. This move would change is life forever. In February 1963 he met Myrna Hammack, in August the same year they married and began their 56 years of marriage. In 1964 the couple welcomed their first daughter Regina followed by a second daughter Paula in 1968 and in 1974 their family was completed with their third daughter Donna. Richard worked at various mills eventually landing his family in Pilot Rock; he would not stay long in the mill industry as he had always aspired to work in law enforcement. While working night shifts he began working in the reserve program and later graduated from the Oregon Public Safety Academy. He retired holding the position of Pilot Rock’s Chief of Police. His life’s focus however, was always his family. He was a devoted husband, father and a proud grandpa of his only grandchild, Ethan. He spent many hours readying Ethan for the school bus pickup and serving as the taxi to this many activities. He was especially proud when Ethan married his best friend Tori just as he had done 55 years earlier. In 2004 he was devastated by the loss of his youngest daughter Donna. His life was changed forever but through his belief in Christ, the love of his family and the support of his best friend Joe Harrison he was able to learn a new normal. We know he has joined his “baby” girl and together they are fishing together again, telling big stories and trying to out-do one another. He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter Donna Chavez, brothers George, Johnny and Bert Chavez, nieces Dawn and JoAnn Chavez and great nieces Jennifer Prince and Brandi Tippet. He is survived by his wife Myrna, daughters Regina (Ron) Packard, Paula (Roger) Hall, grandson Ethan and Tori Colvard, sister Nellie Bernard, numerous nieces and nephews and special family friend Robin Mattison. He was cherished by his family and will always remain a constant for his compassionate forgiving nature. He loved completely without reservation. Donations can be made to CAPECO’s Food Share Program or your local animal shelter.

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Kenda Ross
   Posted Wed September 25, 2019
Sad to hear your loved ones passing. I had the privilege to know Chief Chavez being from Pilot Rock, Umatilla County, for 25 years. Knew several officers and Richard was one of the nicest men I had privilege to be acquainted with.
May God bless you all at this time 🙏🙏🙏

jim Barnes
   Posted Wed September 25, 2019
Sorry to hear of Mr. Chavez passing. He was a special individual and I will miss not visiting with him. my condolences to his family

Donna Kinnaman
   Posted Fri September 27, 2019
Richard was a special man and you knew he liked you once he started chiding you. God bless the family and my sincere condolences to all.

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