George O. Chavez


George O. Chavez

This week the small town of Belen lost a lifetime member of their community. George O. Chavez passed away peacefully on June 4, 2022.

He was born and raised in Belen and was a resident there until his passing.

George lived a fulfilling life as a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to many. As a young adult, he graduated from high school and attended college in Las Cruces.

After one year in college, he voluntarily signed the military draft (U.S. Army) for two years. George was stationed in Washington, and this is where he met the mother of his children, Norma Cissell.

After serving his country, he continued his education and received his teaching degree. This enabled him to start his career with Belen Consolidated Schools.

George was preceded in death by his parents, Fermin and Maria (Gabaldon) Chavez; brothers, Emilio (Milo) and Salomon Chavez; sister, Sofie Padilla; son, Matthew Chavez; and grandson, Tony Tucker.

He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Carmen Chavez; children, Derrick (Monica), Kimberly Gibbons, Douglas (Sandra), Brian (Luzinda) and Sandra Moya: and daughter-in-law, Erin Chavez. George is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, on Tuesday, June 14. A viewing will begin at 8 a.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 9 a.m., and a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Internment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 505-864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

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