Sad News: Another Great Teacher passed

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Posted by Webmaster on April 21, 19109 at 01:47:44:

Got this from Tess Almond on another ZABBIE networking list; I think almost anybody who ever checks this forum will remember Mr. Chavez except maybe some of the Zebra Era folks:

This afternoon I received an email and a phone call from James Chavez with very sad news. He asked me to pass it on to everyone.

John Chavez passed away yesterday afternoon. Any of you that attended ZHS between 1977 and 1992 will surely remember him and most likely had at least one class with him.

Mr. Chavez suffered a stroke last Monday afternoon, and was diagnosed with six severe strokes to the brain. He wasn't a good candidate for surgery, and was released from the hospital this past Friday to spend his last days at home amongst friends and family. He is survived by his sons Erik and James, his granddaughter Roxanne, grandson J.J., greatgrandson DeAndre and greatgrandaughter Gabriella.

He was an active member of St. Thomas Aquinas church in Rio Rancho New Mexico. Mr Chavez's passions were going to church, teaching, fishing, and playing chess online. He led a very good life, having travelled to many places and taught many diverse students throughout the world. He will be missed dearly.

I had the pleasure of having Mr. Chavez in my home for a short visit a few years ago as he was passing through Arkansas on a trip to visit a friend. My children met him, and my mother also happened to be at my house for the weekend and we all enjoyed his company immensely!! He was as lively and lovable as ever.. one of my favorite teachers, and definitely the most memorable! My deepest sympathies go out to James, Erik and the entire family.

Mr Chavez, you will be missed, thanks for the memories, they will be with me for a life time.


I echo Tess' comments; my sympathies to James, Erik and the family..... and Mr Chavez will definitely be in my memories and be missed during the time I have left on this earth.

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