David Chaves was born May 23, 1952 in Modesto, CA to the parents of Albert Chaves and Corina Brazil. David was the oldest son and only brother to Kenny. He had six sisters Annalee, Candi, Bernadette, Valerie, Stephany and Samantha.
On the morning of Friday, May 29th, six days after his 68th birthday, David passed away in the comfort of his own home where he resided with his wife Laurie and his three youngest daughters Alysia, Sierra and Angie.
David was a hard-working man. He was a union member of the local 1130 Modesto for 23 years. He bought his first piece of land on a beautiful sunset view with his ex-wife Joan where they raised their two children Joseph and Sadie. Then as time passed Laurie and her children entered David’s life. With Laurie’s four children Jacob, Esther, Christine and Sean. Dave’s children Joe and Sadie they raised this wonderful blended family.
David was a loving man to his family and as well was loved by all. He supported many families and helped many single mothers. He would help feed and clothe their children when times were hard. David would give his shirt off his back to help anyone in need. David’s oldest son, Justin from a previous marriage lives in Florida. David’s beautiful daughter Mariah from Merced, now living in North Carolina.
David struggled with addiction in his 30s which led to his move from California to Montana in 1998 where him and his wife Laurie sought sobriety, God and a newfound strength for life for him and his family. David worked as a hotel servant for the Howdy hotel for the last thirteen years. His “little big job” as he called it. He gave service to the still suffering addicts by holding meetings at the county jail for over five years and was a contribute to our town of Forsyth.
In 2004 David and his wife Laurie fostered and adopted their three beautiful angels Alysia, Sierra and Angie. David loved these girls as his own, protected them and provided them a loving home. David has a strong passion for music. He taught himself to play guitar by ear. He would say that there is nothing better than listening to music on vinyl. He would sit and listen to his music while he worked his magic into his artwork. Dave was an amazing artist which he shared this love for art with his daughter, Sierra. He loved to work with charcoal and has many portraits of his children. He was an avid aggie hunter which he shared this passion with his youngest daughter Angie. He loved the rivers, spending days just relaxing listening to the calming sound of the water flow over the rocks. He enjoyed camping and barbecues anything to get the family together. He enjoyed gardening in his yard with his girls. He had a strong opinion on politics and shared lengthy debates with his daughter Alysia. Most of all he had a strong love for the Lord that in which he shared with his family and encouraged their walk with Him. He was a mommy-daddio for a period of time, he went to every school conference, every open house and anything that his girls needed he was there for. He loved old trucks and cars but mostly he loved! He loved loving others and being loved by everyone who has come into his life. He had a large loving family that will miss him deeply.
David Chaves is survived by his wife, Laurie; ex-wife/friend, Joanne Porter; his children, Justin Herron, Jacob (Amanda) Mulrooney, Joseph (Wacey) Porter, Mariah (Brian) Madrid, Sadie Porter, Esther (Jesse) Mosely, Christine (Joseph) Mulrooney, Sean Foster, Alysia Chaves, Sierra Chaves, Angelina Chaves; sixteen grandchildren; mother, Corina Brazil; brother, Kenneth; sisters, Annalee, Candi, Bernadette, Valerie, Stephany, and Samantha; many nieces, nephews and a handful of greats.
David is preceded in death by his father, Albert Chaves and all his loved ones that have gone before him.