Tom Chavez born in Ogden, Utah December 31, 1950, at St. Benedict Hospital, he passed away on June 18, 2023. He was happy and engaging until his passing, all those who helped him while he was in assisted living raved about his stories, sense of humor and how kind he was. At the end he was ready to be with his preceded loved ones, his father Ernest Chavez and mother Ida Bernice Chavez. And many more family members and friends who were waiting for him.
Tom was insightful, kind and giving, he enjoyed sharing his knowledge with others and showering others with gifts. He attended Utah State University as an art student and his minor was political science. His art was loved by many, which he gave most away. He worked at McKay Dee Hospital’s Emergency Room as an assistant, and as the over achiever, he was promoted to an unofficial Physician’s Assistant. He then moved to California and lived there and was an AT&T Rep for about 30 years. Before moving back to Utah to spend time with his mother, he moved to San Diego, and he put his political savvy to use. He became involved in his community and brought desperate minority groups together to work towards common goals, fundraisers were raised to a new level.
For several years, nearly a third of the “Something Special Food Pantry's,” annual budget was raised from the annual fundraisers, much to his doing. Tom, also brought back another tradition, when large events were taking place during the year, he brought in many local businesses into the fold to be involved in the events, which hadn’t been done since the 80’s. This event was attended by people around the country and in fact, the world and continues to this day. Tom's legacy lives on. He received a “Special Commendation,” for his outstanding involvement, activism and fundraising from Christine Kehoe, Councilmember, Third District, City of San Diego on February 2, 1999.
Surviving family are sister, Nancy Ann Burrell; brother, Tim Lee Chavez; brother, Dennis Ernest Chavez; and sister, Michele Tracey Chavez; and many nieces and nephews.
At Tom’s request no funeral services will be held; a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.