David Chavarria Sr, age 87, passed away Friday, February 15, 2013 at his residence. He was born on March 3, 1925 in Rio Hondo, Texas. He moved to Galveston at age 18. He was a veteran of WWII, proudly serving in the U.S. Army in Germany as a Military Policeman. He was retired from Todd’s Shipyard after 48 years of service. He was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for 46 years, and the American Legion Post #20 here in Galveston. He was a member of New Life Fellowship Church (formerly Monte Calvario) for numerous years, and each week the Life Group would enjoy his homemade hot sauce. He gladly entertained his family and friends with singing his many favorite gospel hymns and performing his string tricks. He was very proud of the fact that he volunteered as an ESL tutor at Burnett Elementary for several years. His passions were his deep devotion to God and his love for family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dad was well known by many for his hobby of feeding the birds around town.
He was preceded in death by his parents Manuel Sr. and Natividad Chavarria; wife Guadalupe Chavarria; companion Janie Diaz; brothers Adam L. Chavarria, Sr and Manuel Chavarria Jr.; sisters Angelita Suarez, Elisabeth Cruz, Esther Saldana and Lillie Falcon; son baby boy Chavarria; niece Juanita Green; and granddaughter Melanie Ann Chavarria.
He is survived by his children David Chavarria Jr. and wife Rosemary of Farmingdale, NY, Gilbert Chavarria of North Miami, FL, Ophelia Martinez and husband Javier of Galveston, Yolanda Franco and husband Alonzo Jr. of Sinton, Texas, Robert Chavarria and wife Estella of Santa Fe, Texas and Esther Perez and husband Eddie of Galveston; grandchildren Joey Chavarria, Becky Chavarria, Albert Chavarria, Sulema Chavarria, Matthew Chavarria, Chris McCoy, Jason Chavarria, Alysia Smythe, Connie Cuellar, Alonzo Franco III, Daniel Franco, Felicha Epps, Kristy Wesley, Robert Chavarria, David J. Chavarria, Edward Perez and Emily Perez; 19 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; brother Marcelino Chavarria Sr. of Houston; sister Eva Ochoa of Harlingen; and sister-in-law Elvira Chavarria of Harlingen; and numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of many family members and friends and honorary grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Joey Chavarria, Alonzo Franco III, Daniel Franco, Robert Chavarria, Edward C. Perez and David J. Charvarria. Honorary pallbearers will be Emily Perez, Katelyn Cuellar and his beloved dog Chiquita.
The family wishes to express a special thanks to the staff at UTMB including the Development Office, FOAM, Dr. Aakash Gajjar and his nurse Nancy Ross, Dr. Nihal Abdullah, Dr. Todd Swanson and Dr. Loretta Grumbles, and his devoted caregiver Kelly Oliver. Also, the family has deep gratitude to Pastor David Gomez and the members of New Life Fellowship Church for their support and continued prayers.