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Fermin George Chavez Jr. – Valencia County Newsletter

Fermin George Chavez Jr.


Fermin George Chavez Jr.

Fermin George Chavez Jr., 68, was called to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 21, 2022, with his family at his bedside.

There will be a visitation at 1 p.m. Friday, September 2 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with a rosary to be said at 1:30 p.m., followed by a funeral mass to be celebrated at 2 p.m.

George grew up in Tomé. He was a 1972 graduate of Los Lunas High School and a 1977 graduate of New Mexico State University, where he majored in science and agriculture.

After living and working in Nebraska for seven years, he returned to New Mexico, where he married Teresa Ann Leaton, the love of his life, of Roswell, on May 25, 1985. After the wedding, George and Teresa had two children and raised his family in Tomé, where he was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

George was an avid traveler and traveled extensively across the country with his wife, making frequent visits to Yellowstone, trips along the east and west coasts, and many visits to historic sites in between. He loved everything outdoors – hunting, fishing, camping and horseback riding. George especially enjoyed hunting elk and riding the horse, Cimarron, which he often enjoyed with his daughter, Amy.

He loved his grandchildren and often made trips to see them. He would tell his wife that he missed them.

George worked for the NRCS Department of Agriculture for 37 years and held various technical leadership positions before his retirement in 2013. He was particularly fond of the Los Angeles Dodgers and baseball, and often enjoyed discussing the sport with his son, Joshua, and someone else who would talk about his team.

George is predeceased by his father, Fermin George Chavez; and his niece, Deanna Chavez.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Teresa Chavez; mother, Sally Chavez; brothers, Bernard (Mardee), Jerome (Holly) and Clarence Chavez (Lynn); sisters, Della Willis (Jerry) and Jackie Ross (Derrick); two loving children, Joshua (Catherine) and Amy Brainard (Jesse); and his grandchildren, Dareon, Dante and Sienna Brainard, and Grace and Benjamin Chavez, and the newborn Chavez, who is due any moment.

Please sign Fermin’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 Main Street, Belen.