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Lawrence John Chavez

Aug. 20, 1938 -- June 13, 2019


Lawrence John Chavez

Lawrence John Chavez of Canandaigua, N.Y., loving husband and father of four, passed away peacefully on June 13, 2019, with family by his side at the age of 80.

Larry was born on Aug. 20, 1938, in Bakersfield. He is a 1956 graduate of Shafter High. He also served in the U.S. Navy before starting a family with wife Yvonne (Higinbotham) in Bakersfield. He worked for Mobil Chemical in Oildale before being transferred to the plant in Macedon, N.Y., in May, 1980.

Larry and Yvonne raised four children in Robert (Amy) Chavez, Christina Chavez (Andrew Means), Andrew (Teresa) Chavez and David Chavez (Jade Fustiano). Larry is survived by his immediate family along with four siblings, sister Virginia (Ned) Permenter, sister Julia Chavez, brother Herb (Lupe) Chavez and brother Andrew (Cecila) Chavez and seven grandchildren: Mariana and Amaya (mother Marcelina), Izabella, Zachary and Ezekiel, and Alexander and Graciela, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is predeceased by his father, Urbano "Herbert" Chavez; mother, Esther (Beltran) Chavez; and a sister, Rita (Chavez) Prendez.

Beyond his family, Larry loved sports at all levels and was an umpire with Rochester District Umpires Association for close to 30 years and was a faithful fan of Canandaigua Academy football and baseball games at Evans Field, along with wrestling matches in the CA gymnasium.

Larry also sang with a local barbershop chorus, the Canandaigua chapter of SPEBSQSA, and was a member of the Cheshire Volunteer Fire Department.

Services and a family burial for Larry were held at the East Bloomfield Cemetery in New York on June 26, where he was laid to rest with military honors. Condolences may be offered at


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