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Greenwood Memory Lawn Mortuary & Cemetery

719 North 27Th Ave, Phoenix, AZ

OBITUARY

Aurelio Antunez Chavez

September 25, 1940November 3, 2019
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Aurelio Antúnez Chávez passed away peacefully at the age of 79 on November 3rd, 2019 at his home in Glendale, Arizona.

Aurelio was born to Librado and Julia on September 25th, 1940 in Teonadepa, Mexico.

He discovered his love for music, which he will have with him the rest of his life and made a career of, while watching a soon-to-be fellow artist playing the guitar at a concert. He competed in local and national musical competitions for 12 years for the National Institute of Older Adults (INAPAM) in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico with his brother Luis Antùnez Chávez. He won several 1st and 2nd place trophies and medals. During his last national competition, he won a gold medal. He went on to play the guitar and double bass for Los Gamma from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico in the 1970’s. The songs he sang and played for Los Gamma are still played today on YouTube, performed by other artists on television, and his photos are hung on the most popular restaurant in Agua Prieta called, La Copita.

He also played guitar and bass for his local church. He became a Christian on May 26, 1984. He helped church plant in Prescott Valley, Arizona with the late Pastor Thomas Roman.

A hobby of his was that he was very crafty with wood even making his musical instruments! He also made his daughter a life size play house when she was four years old with a porch, locks for the doors, and put shingles on the roof of the house.

He is survived by his wife, Paulita Bustamante Chavez, whom he married on August 1, 1987, His wonderful children, Pedro David Chávez Chávez, Demetrio Manuel Cazares, Jose Maria Cazares, (the late Julieta Whitehead), Blanca Esthela Ramos, Clarissa Curiel, Aurelia Denise Cazares, Crystal Rita Chávez, 25 Grandchildren, 21 Great Grandchildren, and many relatives and friends.

Aurelio will be greatly missed by all those that cherished him. His memory will live on through his family, his music, and his love.

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Aurelio Antúnez Chávez falleció pacíficamente a la edad de 79 años el 3 de Noviembre de 2019 en su casa en Glendale, Arizona.

Aurelio fue traido al mundo por Librado y Julia el 25 de Septiembre de 1940 en Teonadepa, México.

Descubrió su amor por la música, que tendría con él el resto de su vida e hizo carrera, mientras veía a un futuro artista tocando la guitarra en un concierto. Compitió en concursos musicales locales y nacionales durante 12 años para el Instituto Nacional de Adultos Mayores (INAPAM) en Agua Prieta, Sonora, México con su hermano Luis Antúnez Chávez. Ganó varios trofeos y medallas de primer y segundo lugar. Durante su última competencia nacional, ganó una medalla de oro. Luego tocó la guitarra y el contrabajo para Los Gamma de Agua Prieta, Sonora, México en la década de 1970. Las canciones que cantó y tocó para Los Gamma todavía se reproducen hoy en YouTube, interpretadas por otros artistas en televisión, y sus fotos están colgadas en el restaurante más popular en Agua Prieta llamado, La Copita.

También tocaba la guitarra y el bajo para su iglesia local. Se convirtió en cristiano el 26 de mayo de 1984. Ayudó a plantar iglesias en Prescott Valley, Arizona con el difunto pastor Thomas Roman.

¡Un pasatiempo suyo era que era muy astuto con la madera incluso haciendo sus instrumentos musicales! También construyo una casa de juegos para su hija cuando tenía cuatro años con un porche, cerraduras para las puertas y le coloco tejas en el techo de la casa.

Le sobreviven su esposa, Paulita Bustamante Chávez, con quien se casó el 1 de agosto de 1987, sus maravillosos hijos, Pedro David Chávez Chávez, Demetrio Manuel Cazares, José María Cazares, (la difunta Julieta Whitehead), Blanca Esthela Ramos, Clarissa Curiel, Aurelia Denise Cazares, Crystal Rita Chávez, 25 nietos, 21 bisnietos y muchos familiares y amigos más.

Aurelio será extrañado por todos aquellos que lo apreciaron. Su memoria vivirá a través de su familia, su música y su amor.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • Service Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • Service Friday, November 8, 2019

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Rita Chavez

November 11, 2019

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Joe Kelly

November 8, 2019

Rita and family, sorry for your loss of Aurelio, sounds like a creative man. God Bless, Joe and Penny Kelly

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