Our beloved Frank Chavez, 84, born in Juarez, Mexico, son of Gustavo Chavez, and Maria Martinez-Chavez-Pacheco, born May 3, 1936, gently passed at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho, with his devoted, loving wife of 46 years, Julie Chavez, and first-born, and only son, John Chavez, by his side on January 14, 2021.
Frank was the kindest, most loving and gentle husband and father, to his wife Julie, and his 3 loving children, John Chavez, Brandee Chavez-Mulligan, and Shannon Chavez-Lucarelli, and their spouses, Tammy Chavez, Daniel Mulligan and Peter Lucarelli. Frank also cherished his 8 beautiful grandchildren, and 5 precious great-grandchildren. Frank brought such joy to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren every Christmas, by making sure Santa always made an appearance at the family Christmas Eves at their home. He then passed this beloved tradition down to his son, John, who proudly carries on the tradition today.
From a very young age, Frank was such a proud man, and complimented that pride by joining the Marine Corp., for which he served his country honorably in the 2nd Division at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. Frank always had a great passion for sports, in particular, taekwando, where he earned an unprecedented 2nd-Degree Blackbelt at the age of 77! What an incredible achievement. He was also an avid, excellent golfer his entire adult life, and even hit a hole-in-one at the age of 73. A true pro! One of his favorite pastimes was golfing as often as he could with his proud son, John, along with his many friends who loved him, on cool sunny days. He also thoroughly enjoyed discovering new, fabulous restaurants and having memorable dining experiences with wife and his daughters and sons-in-law as often as possible. He was truly, such an absolute joy to be around, and these times are held in such a special place in our hearts, never to be matched.
His lifelong beloved Raiders football team always kept him so excited and enthusiastic about the sport, and he also grew a deep appreciation for the Boise State University Broncos, and so loved watching every game in the comfort of his home with his wife, Julie. He undoubtedly never missed a game.
Frank and Julie loved to travel, in particular, to Hawaii, while they lived in Alaska, and during his career as a warehouseman, stationed at the Alyeska Trans Alaska Pipeline in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.
Frank lived life on his own terms. He was fortunate enough to retire at age 50. He did his life HIS way. He wanted to LIVE. He lived a thousand years of life, even though he only had 84 of them. He was a prayerful man, who was so dedicated to his faith, at St. Marks Catholic Church in Boise. His laugh was infectious, his heart was huge. Those who knew him, adored him. He was larger than life to us, his family. He was a rare combination of someone who loved life, and had a firm understanding of what was important- the simplicity of living that life with those he loved.
His greatest achievements in his life were his 3 children, who love, honor and respect him deeply, and his sacred marriage to his best friend and wife Julie, as they supported each other through all the glory of life during his youth, and as she lovingly supported him physically and emotionally, during their last days together.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to the charity of your choice.
We the family, would also like to thank the doctors and nurses at St. Alphonsus Hospital who took such great care of him.
Our father, Francisco Chavez (His family lovingly knew him as “Kiko”) a GREAT MAN, will be greatly missed, though, he will live on in our hearts and memories forever. We know you are looking down upon us from Heaven, hand in hand with those you cherish. We love you, Dad.