Max D. Chavez

May 1, 1944 ~ September 23, 2020


Sept. 30, 2020
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2350 East 1300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108
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    Oct. 1, 2020
    1:00 PM
    17111 South Camp Williams Road, Bluffdale, Utah
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  • Graveside funeral services for Max D. Chavez, 76, Salt Lake City, UT, will be held at 1:00 PM, Thursday, October 1, 2020 at the Utah Veterans Cemetery & Memorial Park located at 17111 South Camp Williams Road in Bluffdale, UT 84065.

    Max "Mad Dog" Chavez passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at the University of Utah Hospital.

    Max was born to Jesus Melgar Chavez and Juana Lemus Chavez on May 1, 1944 in El Salvador. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 17. Soon after arriving, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served 6 years. He went on to work for Western, now Delta, for 39 years as an aircraft mechanic. He enlisted in the Army National Guard Reserve in which he served for over 20 year. He retired as part of the 1st 211th B Company

    He had a passion for guns and photography. He also enjoyed many activities such as playing the piano, biking, running, spending time in the gym, and Kenpo Karate where he earned a multi black belt.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Claudina Chavez, a brother, Jose Alex Chavez, and his step-daughter Maria Elisa Chavez.

    He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Maxwell and Nayibi Chavez and their children, Criss and Sophia Chavez, Grantsville. His daughter, Susanna Burger and her children, Abraham and Lysandra Burger, Midvale. His step-daughter, Eugenia Mullins and her son, Gianni Cialini, Hemet, CA. His late step-daughter's son, Ray Barrera, Sylmar, CA. His niece and her husband, Jessica and Jose Guillermo Arevalo and their children, Jose Guillermo, Juan Carlos, and Daniel Arevalo, West Valley City. His niece, Susana Chavez and her daughter, Andrea Chavez, Salt Lake City. His niece and her husband, Dr. Gabriela Vargas and Jorge Rojas, Seattle, WA. His nephew, Mario Jose Chavez, El Salvador. His nephew and his wife, Nelson and Farrah Vargas and their son, Nicolas Vargas, West Jordan. And his nephew, Juan Gabriel Chavez, Salt Lake City.

    Max was the patriarch of his family and his legacy will live on for generations to come.


    My heart is heavy with sorrow for your family and hope the coming days without MAX are light on your heart. I will miss you Max and will miss your enthusiasm for life.

    Max always had a smile and a joke. Great guy. I had coffee with him last year and am so shocked at his passing. I was very fond of Max and he will be missed.

    - Cameron and Beth Nerdin
    So sad to hear about Max, I met him when he first came to Salt Lake, I used to deliver auto parts out to him, he was so nice, he always had a smile, and always had a funny story. I'm glad he reached out to me on FB, rip Max.😢

    - Shauna Smith
    Thanks for always showing me love growing up. Love you Max.

    - Issac Beh
    Max was a wonderful neighbor to my family and he will be greatly missed. He was caring and generous and always willing to share a meal and have a conversation. We are grateful for the time we had with him, and send our love to his family!

    - Norda Barrowes