Danny Joe Chavez

April 17, 1959November 16, 2020
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Danny Joe Chavez, 61, of Forney, Texas, passed away on November 16, 2020 in Dallas, Texas.

Visitation will be Friday, November 27, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Calvary Hill Funeral Home Chapel, at 3235 Lombardy Lane, Dallas, Texas 75220 with the officiating Deacon Santos Chavez.

Funeral services will be held 9:30 a.m., on November 28, 2020, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, located at 1054 N. St. Augustine Drive, Dallas, TX 75217 with the officiating visiting Priest Fr. Jet Garcia, Fr. Anibal Adorno, Deacon Santos Chavez, Deacon Sergio Carranza. Burial will follow at Calvary Hill North Chapel, at 3235 Lombardy Lane, Dallas, Texas 75220. Arrangements are by Calvary Hill Funeral Home.

Danny Chavez was born in Lubbock, Texas to Santos Chavez and Lillie Albidrez on April 17, 1959. He went to school at Lubbock. He was married at St. Augustine Catholic Church to Marina Encinia Chavez on October 10th, 1992, in Dallas, Texas. He worked in the concrete business since the age of 18. He was an independent contractor for Danny Chavez Cement Contractor for 33 years. He was involved at St. Augustine Catholic Church, as a Finance Board President for over 15+ years, the Parish Counsel for 15+ years, Carnival Committee for 10+ years; and the Continuing Catholic Development Program “CCD” for 15+ years; St. Augustine Catholic School’s Auction Committee as a Chairman and Co-Chair for 10+ years. He was also a member of the St. Thomas Council #4370 for 15+ years; and the Cursillos in Christianity “De Colores”. He served on the Finance Board, Carnival Committee, and Auction Committee 2+ years while at St. Ann Catholic Church, in Kaufman. He received many recognition awards to name for his talent and involvement in these organizations. Some of the awards close to his heart were for serving as a past Grand Knight Award; the 2013 Bishop’s Award Medal for Service to the Church; and the 2007 Certificate of Appreciation & Merit by the St. Augustine Community, Finance Board, and Knights of Columbus for Developing and Building A New Rectory for the Priests of St. Augustine Catholic Church where he worked closely with Fr. Felix Vistal, Jr. during the planning and ground breaking to begin construction.

Danny Joe Chavez is survived by his wife Marina E. Chavez. He was the step-father to Krystal Marie Rodriguez and her spouse Abram; father of Joseph Daniel “JD” Chavez and his wife Erika; and step-father to Paul Christopher Liscano. He was the grandfather to Rene Xavier Salazar, Jr., Paulina Suzette Liscano, Jada Jisselle Chavez, Klarissa Marina Rodriguez, and Jaxx Joseph Chavez.

Danny was the brother to: Juanita Lara and her husband Jim; Andrew “Andy” Chavez and his wife Madelaine; Gloria Bustillos, predeceased and her husband Raymond; Isabel Chavez; Antonia Chavez, predeceased; Alfredo “Freddy” Chavez and his wife Elizabeth; and Joe Louie Chavez and his wife Gloria.

Danny was the son-in-law to Catarino R. Encinia, predeceased and Trinidad G. Encinia, predeceased. He was the brother-in-law to: Javier Joseph Encinia and his wife Pamela; Maria C. Encinia; Yolanda Rangel and her husband, Ruben, predeceased; Lazaro Encinia and wife his Felicita; Marjorie Morales and her husband Jorge; Alberto Encinia and his wife Andrea; Theodoro “Ted” Encinia; Evalina Deleon and her husband Jose; and Catarino Encinia, predeceased. Danny had many loved godchildren, nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Daniel Chavez, Alfred Franco, Alfredo Chavez, Joe Sereseroz, Santiago Zapata, Henry “Ricky” Sereseroz, Primotivo “Primo” Solorzano, Eddie Deleon, Jorge A. Morales, and Jose A. Deleon.

The family of Danny Joe Chavez wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the following doctors, nurses, and staff: Dr. David Nesser, M.D., at Dallas Nephrology Associates where he received treatment for 23 years for his kidney and pancreas transplants; Dr. Clinton C. Haley, M.D., at North Texas Infectious Diseases Consultants where he received treatment for 22 years, due to transplant complications; and Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas.

Danny, nor his doctors ever expected him to survive 23 years with his transplants, due to him being an insulin dependent diabetic since age 3 or 4 and on dialysis for 9 months prior to his transplants. He wasn’t even expected to live past the age of 8, but Danny always said, “God is watching over me and has blessed me with my family, my friends, and good doctors so that I can use my talents to go out and serve as a Christian while on this earth.”

Danny and his family are blessed to have a special friendship and offer their sincere thanks to: Rev. Luca of St. Augustine Catholic Church; Rev. Jet B. Garcia of St. Ann Catholic Church; the following former Priests at St. Augustine Catholic Church: Fr. Felix Vistal, Jr. now serving as a Chaplain for the VA; Fr. Luis Sierra; Fr. Anibal Adorno; Fr. Ely Monando; and Fr. Sohl.

He cherished his close relationship and numerous telephone conversations with Juanita “Juana” Lara; Alfredo “Freddy” Chavez; Michelle and her husband Alfred Franco; Joe Sereseroz; Santiago Zapata; Eddie Deleon; Humberto Chavarria; and Fr. Felix Vistal, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given for the construction of the new church at St. Augustine Catholic Church that Danny was involved in planning, payable to “Building in Faith” located at 1054 N. St. Augustine Drive, Dallas, Texas 75217 or contact the Church office at 214-398-1583 for further information.

Danny did not live to see the construction of the new parish, but he never gave up on the planning because he knew that the church needed more space, additional classrooms, office space, and parking, due to the overcrowding. It hurt him to see that the groups and CCD children were being turned away because of the lack of available rooms. Danny will be watching from heaven and smiling once the fundraising, construction, and development is complete, so that all current and future parishioners can continue practicing their faith.

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Nina DeLeon

November 28, 2020

Danny,, We laid you to rest today. Brother-in-Law. You would be so proud of how beautiful everything was. Marina did her best to stay strong. She held up pretty good. You are now on your journey home to be with the Lord and all the angels in heaven. I pray that you watch over and guide us to be the kind of person that you were; Always faithful, kind and generous. RIP Danny.

Sheila Nilsson

November 28, 2020

We were saddened to hear about Danny's passing. Although we didn't know him a long time we felt truly welcomed by both you and Danny every time we visited. We have beautiful and fun memories to cherish a lifetime. You all always went out of your way to make sure everyone was comfortable and felt welcomed. We are forever thankful for your friendship. It means a lot to us. All the wonderful things people say about Danny make my heart happy, but most of all I am happy to read about the love he had for our Lord. He was a faithful servant doing God's will here on earth; and for that I know that God has welcomed him into heaven with loving arms. I am also happy to read and see about how much he loved you and his family. His actions showed his true and caring heart. What an awesome man to call our friend. I'm just sad that we didn't get to spend more time with him here on earth but we look forward to the day that we can celebrate with him in paradise...Heaven. We love you and are a phone call away for whatever you need. Love RP & Sheila Nilsson

Melissa 'Ana' Rosales

November 28, 2020

All the wonderful things people say about Uncle Danny is true. He is one of the greatest men I have ever known. His heart was pure and he loved no matter who you were. One of many memories that come to mind is when I was having a garage sale at Marina and Danny's house and Danny comes out and says he would give me $100 to get rid of everything and he would have a dump truck come pick it up and dump it. He tried keeping a straight face but then he started laughing. I will miss that sense of humor. He will always be remembered and missed. Thank you Uncle Danny for being the man you were. I love you!

Theodore Encinia

November 27, 2020

One is my first recollection of Danny, was when he was trying to win my sister’s heart. He came over to my sister’s while the Cowboys were playing. That alone was point’s scored! Marina was even more important than the Cowboys to him. Even early on!
It was apparent what won Marina over once I got to know him better. It was his strong commitment to family, love, and most importantly, his faith in God. Because of that faith, life was an unchained melody for him and Marina. No challenge was too much for him, and her to overcome. They worked together through everything.
Danny, you will be missed. You’ll always be known as a caring person. One who put family above all else. RIP brother in law. Let the angel’s guide you home.❤️

Sylvia Encinia

November 27, 2020

Hi Uncle Danny, it’s me again... I read this today:

“So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.”‭‭ Galatians‬ ‭6:10‬

This reminds me of you so much. You always put others before yourself. I promise I will always try my best to do good by you and make you proud. I know you are in Heaven smiling down on us and I am blessed to have you as an angel.

“So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.”‭‭ John‬ ‭16:22‬ ‭

Marina Chavez

November 26, 2020

So many to thank, but I would like to start with my sister Mary who has been with me since my Mom’s passing on 10/24/20. Now, she’s been watching me, even though she’s still broken hearted from the loss of our Mom and was trying to deal with her estate along with Nina, which came to a stop after Danny’s passing.

Thank you also to Danny’s family, my family, our grandchildren, and friends for being there for Danny and me. Danny and I were truly blessed to have so much love around us these past years.

I would also like to thank my former boss, Amy Witherite with the Witherite Law Group who helped me for the past 3 1/2 years, since Danny became sick from the sinus infection. She allowed me to work from home, until his condition worsened. Then, she encouraged me to take off work and care for him. Throughout, these past years Amy and my Witherite Family never forgot about Danny or myself. Amy would send us food and flowers, even though I was no longer her employee. Again, thank you so much Amy because this allowed me to spend the much needed time with Danny that meant so much to both of us.

May God continue to bless you’ll for your thoughtfulness and kindness. I will always love you’ll so much and words can’t describe my appreciation.

My final thanks to my Babe for giving me nothing but love and respect. Also, thanks Babe for the family and friends that we shared. You were truly a gift from heaven to us all. One day, we will all be together again sharing God’s glory. God bless and Rest In Peace Babe.

Krystal Rodriguez

November 25, 2020

Michelle & Alfred Franco

November 25, 2020

My Uncle Danny will be truly missed by Me and Alfred. I will always cherish our weekly phone calls to check on each other since we both had illnesses that we have dealt with for many years. I was always happy when we would get together for lunch or dinner to enjoy each other’s company. You always took the time to always make our summers in Lubbock fun and adventurous. We would always go to the record store to buy the most recent record that was released and listen to the music all night in your room and eat lots of junk food. Even our road trip from Dallas to Lubbock with the music loud, it definitely helped the 5 hour trip seem to be a little bit shorter. We could sit for hours and just talk about anything and everything. Thank you for being a huge part of our lives and until we meet again my dearest uncle. I Love you ❤️ and tell my mom that I miss her so much & love her.

Juanita Lara

November 25, 2020

Oh, Danny!
How I miss your phone calls. You always called me at least once a week, and your phone calls always helped to lift our spirits when we were down, to comfort each other when we were sad, to rejoice together when we were blessed, and to pray for each other. You never failed to asked about each member of my family and your sincere concern was always appreciated and needed.
Our conversations always ended with "I love You", and "God Bless You". I can hear you saying it to me in mind and my heart.
Baby Brother, you suffered through so much but you never stopped caring for your family, your friends and your church.
You are my inspiration and the memory of you will stay with me always.
I remember clearly when you were born, you had the most beautiful eyelashes and smile. You had determination then, and you carried it with you for your whole life.
Thank you for all you did for me, for your prayers, your concern, your respect and your love.
Love more and always,
Your sister,
Juanita (Juana)

William B Prettyman

November 23, 2020

Marina we are heartbroken over his passing, I remember all of the time we spent together working at the school on projects. I remember his dedication to the church and I drew on that to keep me going when I was so tired and disheartened. I looked at him as he powered through his own pain and took that as my inspiration. His race is done and he crossed the finish line. Good on you my Brother. Prayers to you and the family.


28th Anniversary weekend


Just trying to keep Danny from thinking about the loss of his beloved sister Gloria.


28th Anniversary weekend


Enjoying his 28th Anniversary dinner from Charcoal Broiler.


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