John Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Chavarria
Graveside services will take place July 30 at Happy Homestead Cemetery for John Jeffery Chavarria, who died of a heart attack July 27, 2004, at South Lake Tahoe. He was 54.
Jeff was born July 30, 1949, at San Jose, Calif., to Jack and Faye Chavarria, and came to Tahoe in 1955 with his parents. Jeff loved growing up in Tahoe. He attended the one-room school house, South Tahoe Elementary as well as Al Tahoe and Tahoe Valley elementary schools and graduated from the eighth grade at St. Theresa School. In 1967 he was a member of the first class to graduate from the current South Tahoe High School. He attended college in Santa Barbara, Calif., as well as Tahoe Paradise College.
Jeff was proud of his four years he served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. After his time in the service he met Gretchen Mosbacher, whom he married in 1974. He took over the family business known as A-1 Glass in 1976, and started his own family. Jeff loved and cherished his family more than anything. He enjoyed being involved in South Tahoe Swim Team as well as coaching Little League, Babe Ruth Baseball and Buddy Werner Ski League. He supported the South Tahoe High School football team which both he and his son played for. Doing things with his two boys and their friends brought him his greatest pleasure. Jeff was an avid hunter and involved in Ducks Unlimited.
Jeff is survived by his wife of 29 years, Gretchen Chavarria; sons, Tucker and Domicine; daughter-in-law, Crystal; granddaughter, Madilynn; and mother-in-law, MaryLou Mosbacher, all of South Lake Tahoe; and cousins, Alan Ratzburg and Dennis Lowrey, whom he loved as brothers. He was predeceased by his parents.
Jeff left behind a lifetime of friends in Tahoe, who will never forget the fun memories and the dependable friend he’s been to all. He will always remain treasured and loved.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. July 29 at McFarlane Mortuary and services will begin at 11 a.m. July 30, Jeff’s 55th birthday, at Happy Homestead Cemetery.