Rolando P. Chavarria, Sr.
June 20, 1940  -  October 6, 2018

Rolando P. Chavarria, Sr.

Terpening Son Mortuary
611 W. Grand Ave.
Artesia, NM  88210
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Beginning at 10:00 a.m.
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Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
1111 N. Roselawn Ave
Artesia, NM  88210
Thursday, October 11, 2018
6:30 p.m.
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Mass of Christian Burial
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
1111 N. Roselawn Ave
Artesia, NM  88210
Friday, October 12, 2018
9:30 a.m.
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Woodbine Cemetery
200 E. Hermosa Drive
Artesia, NM  88210
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Funeral mass is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Friday, October 12, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church for Rolando P. Chavarria Sr. of Artesia, New Mexico.

Mr. Chavarria, 78, entered eternal life October 6, 2018 at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, TX surrounded by his loving family.

Fr. Vijay will officiate at the services with burial to follow at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Christopher Chavarria, Rolando Chavarria III, Zachary Chavarria, Carlos Montoya, David Conklin and Jose Cruz. Honorary pallbearers are remaining grandchildren, Quarterback sons, Cooper Henderson and Meal Site family.

Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. A rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church.

Rolando was born June 20, 1940 in Marfa, Texas to Ramon Chavarria and Cruz (Pacheco) Chavarria.

On February 23, 1962, he married Guadalupe "Lupe" Cortez. She preceded him in death on June 5, 2002. He was also preceded in death by his parents and oldest brother.

Rolando married Angelina Navarrette on May 10, 2014. They enjoyed traveling together on cruises. He especially loved Rotan, Honduras.

Rolando worked as a farm laborer. Later he became a salesman at Artesia Furniture Store where he retired. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Rolando loved all things Bulldogs and was a proud member of the Artesia Quarterback Club. He volunteered his time at hospice and at the Meal Site where he enjoyed spending time with his friends.

Rolando is survived by his wife, Angelina Chavarria; sons: Rocky Chavarria of Artesia, Rolando Chavarria Jr. and wife Darlene of Artesia, Ralph Chavarria and wife Diane of Arvada, CO; daughter: Rachel Chavarria of Roswell, NM.

Grandchildren: Christopher Chavarria, Alexandra Cruz and husband Jose, Rolando Chavarria III and wife Daryan, Raven Chavarria, Zachary Chavarria and fiance Stephanie, Raelyn Orona, Jacqueline Whitman, Miranda Olivas and husband Carlos, Eliana, Cory, Trevor, and Katia Bass.

Stepchildren-Pete Martinez, Jr., Veronica Montoya and husband Daniel, Sandra Hernandez and husband Jimmy. Step grandchildren- Carlos, Timothy, and Andrew Montoya; Santiago, Samantha, /and Adrian Hernandez.

10 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

Brothers-Ruben Chavarria and wife Blasa, Guy Chavarria and wife Jane, Raunchy Chavarria. Sisters: Ofelia Martinez, Mary Luevano, Josie Catano and husband Mack, Elfida Granados, Chris Jimenez and husband Henry, and Connie Olguin and husband John.

Numerous nieces and nephews, Quarterback sons, and Meal Site family.

It's great to be a Bulldog!


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  1. Cynthia, Peanut, Danny and Joel Hernandez
    Marfa, TX

    Primos, may you find comfort in knowing that your Dad was truly a good, good man. He will be greatly missed and you all will continue to be in our prayers. Que en Paz descanse mi primo Lando and our sincere condolences. I love you guys. Dios los bendiga y la Virgen Maria Santisima los quide.
    Cynthia, Peanuts, Danny, & Joel Hernandez
    Marfa, TX

    Go Bulldogs!

  2. Linda Starling
    Los Angeles, CA

    My condolences to Guy Chavarria and your family for the loss of your brother. May the Lord continue to embrace you all during this difficult time.

  3. Eddie & Carol Havins
    Chandler, AZ

    Dearest, dearest Rolando: We are so grateful to have been a part of your life those years at Artesia Furniture. There has never been a person we've known who always was smiling, joyful, kind, loved by all who knew him, a Renaissance man who could do anything, so proud of his family. We love you, Rolando. God bless each and everyone of your wonderful children, their spouses, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchild. You have earned eternal rest and peace in the arms of our Lord. Always, Eddie, Carol, Chad & Alexa Havins

  4. I. Keyes
    Dublin, GA

    Angelina, Rocky Family & Friends. It’s sad to lose someone in death. What helped me the most was prayers and faith in God’s promise at Psalm 34:18 “God is close to the broken heart: he saves those who are crushed in spirit.” For more comforting scripture, please visit: God’s Kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for will bring about these wonderful promise. My prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  5. Alicia Chavarria
    Artesia, NM

    My condolence to the family, god bless.

  6. Serena Bates Fernau
    Show Low, AZ

    My deepest sympathy with Rolando's Family...It was such a nice visit with him and his wife at the 55th Class Reunion. He was a very caring person and I know Heaven has a new angel. May God comfort the family.

  7. Cecelia Carrasco
    Las Cruces, NM

    My dear friend, Rachel and Chavarria family –

    Our deepest condolences on the passing of your father. It was an honor to have known such a great man. May the love and prayers of family and friends comfort you in the days to come.

    --Cecelia, Randy and Tyler Copeland

  8. Lelan & Connie Mermis
    Midland, TX-79707, NM

  9. Joe Gomez
    Albuquerque, NM

    Rolando was truly a great gentleman. He was a family man first and raised a great great family. He also was a great mentor for the QB sons and was truly loyal to the Bulldogs. I will miss his smile at Bulldog games for sure. To the family I am truly sorry for your loss.

  10. Elma Samora
    Artesia, NM

    May he rest in Peace. Praying for family during this difficult time.

  11. Manuel Gomez
    Hobbs, NM

    Our condolences to a great family on the loss of a great man ! May God comfort you all through this difficult time. Manny and Yvonne Gomez

  12. Timmy and Tammy Klein
    Artesia, NM

    Sending our sincere condolences to Mr. Chavarria's family and friends. What a wonderful, kind and giving man he was. Artesia will miss him deeply. We are so very sorry for your loss.

  13. Rhiny Williams
    Artesia, NM

    Rest In Peace young man. Thanks for the memories. You will be missed.

  14. Ramona Kilpatrick
    Artesia, NM

    Prayers and blessings for the family. The loss of this sweet man will leave a hole in everyone's lives but the Blessings he shared with everyone he came in contact with will always be remembered.

  15. Hilda Ruiz
    Las Cruces, NM

    RIP Mr. Chavarria....My deepest condolences to the Chavarria Family. May the Good Lord give you strength and comfort during this difficult time.

  16. Lorenza Chavarria
    Santa Clara, NM

    My dearest condolences to the family. Tio you will be deeply missed. Wish I could of talked to you one more time and tell you how much I love you but till then I’ll hold on to the memories in my heart. Family due to my jobs situation I won’t be able to make the services but I will be there in spirit. Love you all ♥️

  17. LaRue Pinson
    Artesia, NM

    His smiling face will always be remembered. So sorry for you loss.

  18. joe cook
    post, TX

    roland was a great classmate; always had a smile.

  19. Curtis & KayeTeel
    Artesia, NM

    So sorry for your loss, he will be missed.

  20. Patty Loyd Talley
    Houston, TX

    To the Chavarria family. My thoughts and prayers are with y’all. So sorry to hear about Rolando. He was an amazing Man. Wish I could be there. Lots of love and hugs coming your way. Patty.

  21. Don Scarbrough
    Artesia, NM

    Through more than 70 years, you and I have been friends and I have always put great value in that friendship. May you Rest In Peace old friend, while being held safely in the arms of God’s love.

  22. Tommy & Isabel Orosco
    , NM

    Prayers !!!

  23. Don Scarbrough
    , NM

  24. Cindy Cohea steven cohea
    Artesia, NM

    RIP good friend, you are an honorable person and it was my pleasure knowing you.. God blesd

  25. Nadine Copeland

    Awe such a wonderful man. He is someone who knew everyone and everyone knew him. Always so pleasant.
    My condolences to the entire Rolando P. Chavarria family.

  26. Mary Orquiz
    Artesia, NM

    God gained another angel Rest In Peace

  27. Teri Jimenez
    Artesia, NM

    U will be truly missed Tio.

  28. Santiago (Jim) Madrid
    Sannta Cruz/Espanola, NM

    Will miss your ever friendly smile and seeing you at the football games. You and your family have always been and continue to be in high regards by our community. Blessings to you and yours. Jim&Mary Madrid

  29. Joseph Tillery
    Lockney, TX

    Prayers and blessings to the family of this good man. served our community well.



  31. Ken Ingram
    Artesia, NM

    Rest in Peace Rolando, we will miss you.

    Ken & Delma Ingram

  32. Mary Perez
    Hobbs, NM

    Mr. Chavarria may you rest in peace. It was an honor to know you sir. My sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Chavarria.

  33. Camie Casares
    Artesia, NM

    Rest In Peace Uncle Rolé, you will be greatly missed. I love you always.💔

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