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Obituary: Cruz Chavez Jr. 1932 - 2013
Cruz Chavez Jr.
Cruz Chavez Jr.

Cruz Chavez Jr., 81, of Clarkdale, passed away on May 12, 2013. He was born on January 21, 1932 in Hachita, New Mexico, to Cruz Chavez Sr. and Frances Roman Chavez.

Cruz attended Globe schools for 11 years. He worked for Cottonwood Lumber and the Clarkdale-Jerome School.

Cruz will be lovingly missed by all his family and friends.

Cruz was preceded in death by parents Cruz Sr. and Frances. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Bea Chavez; sons Joe Chavez (Margaret) of Glendale, Tony Chavez of Clarkdale and Cruz P. Chavez (Lynda) of Clarkdale; daughter Elizabeth Ontiveros (Robert) of Clarkdale; sister Mary Martinez (Lorenzo) of Apache Junction; 25 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph’s School, 215 South Craycroft Road, Tucson, AZ 85711.

An online guestbook is available to sign at

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, June 1, 2013
Article comment by: Josie Almaraz

Dear Bea,

I am so sorry for your loss. May you find peace in our Lord's daily presence and in your memories of your life together.

God be with you.

Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013
Article comment by: Carrie Scroggins/David

Thank you Cruz for being such a wonderful example of a family oriented man, and a great next door neighbor to my grandmother Clue. I still remember your snack stand every Summer during the baseball games in lower Clarkdale. Your family is blessed to have had you....RIP

Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Article comment by: Marjorie Wieweck

Our thoughts and prayers go with you at this time of loss for your family.

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013
Article comment by: PAT WESTCOTT

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, with our sincere sympathy for your loss.

Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Article comment by: Marie Helm

My condolences.
Loss is never easy, but they never really leave us.
Hold fast to the memories that make you smile.

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