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1973 Michael 2024

Michael Adam Chavez

January 15, 1973 — January 9, 2024

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Michael Adam Chavez on January 9, 2024. Born on January 15, 1973, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he was the youngest child of Geneva Griego and Christion "Leroy" Chavez. Raised in the vibrant South Valley of Albuquerque, Michael's journey through life was marked by a profound commitment to his family, friends, community, as well as to education, and social and economic justice in government. He cared deeply about the impact of policies on everyday people and was especially concerned about doing right for kids in the South Valley.

Michael attended Rio Grande High School, where he was a proud raven and active in an array of activities including football, theater, mock trial, and student senate. He continued his education at Vassar College, earning a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. His passion for foreign affairs, government, and education set the stage for a remarkable career dedicated to making a meaningful contribution to his beloved New Mexico.

Michael began his career as the Deputy Director of the Partnership for Community Action, where he fostered neighborhood leaders to focus on family and community engagement, advocacy, and economic equity. He encouraged community leaders to draw upon their personal experiences and recommendations to impact the greater good.

Michael firmly believed in electing good, sincere people to public office and then working with them to best serve all New Mexicans, especially those who do not usually have a voice in the political process. He led and worked on many political campaigns. Michael traveled the state (often stopping at Dairy Queen) as part of statewide races, legislative contests, and county and municipal elections. He also managed a number of nail-biting school board campaigns. Win or lose, he maintained contact with the candidates who ran and looked to them for advice and commentary on the state of the world.

Michael spent the last twenty years engaged in public interest lobbying where he was known for his respectful approach, vast knowledge of the legislative process, integrity, and commitment to his clients.

Beyond his professional achievements, Michael was a beacon of joy in the lives of those who knew him. A loyal friend and a beloved uncle, he had an unmatched enthusiasm for sports, particularly the Boston Celtics and Pittsburgh Steelers. Michael loved to cook. He was known to make surprise deliveries of meals in times of need and of celebration. Michael's infectious laugh and funny stories could light up any room. He was always the first to offer an apology, celebrate a loved one's success, or share insightful "Godfather" quotes, football analogies, and his favorite oldies songs. Michael cherished good patio chats and lively discussions with treasured friends. His love for pizza and fishing in the scenic landscapes of New Mexico were among the simple pleasures that brought him joy.

Michael is survived by his wife, Claire Dudley Chavez of Albuquerque (whom he met on the campus of Rio); sister, Colleen Chavez of Albuquerque, NM; brother, Mark Chavez (Frederica) of Los Lunas; five nephews, six great nephews and nieces, loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and a multitude of dear friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, and his older sister, Claudia Chavez.

A celebration of Michael's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary – 5415 Fortuna Rd. NW with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages friends and family to gather together, order pizza, and cheer on the Steelers.

Michael's memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. May he rest in peace, surrounded by the warmth of the love, generosity, and humor he shared with others.

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, January 20, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church

5415 Fortuna Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87105

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