Mario Chavez

September 2, 1931 to January 20, 2017

Mario Chavez was born on September 2, 1931 in the City of Angels, Los Angeles, CA. On January 20, 2017 he died peacefully in his home in La Mesa, CA with his family beside him. Mario grew up in El Centro, CA until he left to join the Air Force. He served his country in the Korean War. After his service to his country, he went to school to study Barbering and Cosmetology.  Mario worked at his profession for over 60 years. He had his salon in La Mesa for over 40 years and he was revered as one of East County’s premier hair professionals.

Survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Rachel and his two children, Mark and Michelle Chavez of La Mesa, CA, brother Ernie Chavez of Palm Desert, CA and sister Lucy Ramirez of El Centro, CA.

While growing up in El Centro, he played quarterback at Central High School and took his team to the championship. He also did track and field, enjoyed fixing cars and spent time as a boy scout. As kids, Mario worked in his father’s barbershop, hotel and pool hall along side his brother Ernie. They would cut hair and shine shoes without his father’s knowledge to earn money.

Mario was a devoted San Diego Chargers and Padres fan. He enjoyed bowling and playing pool with his friends. He loved working in his yard and working on household projects. He lived in La Mesa, CA for over 65 years and loved his home. He was an amazing father, friend and husband and he will be missed greatly.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at Miramar National Cemetery at 11:30 am. Location address is 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, CA 92122.

Immediately following the service, a Celebration of Life will be held at the Embassy Suites at 4550 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122.

Celebration of Life

  • Date: February 7, 2017
  • Time: 12:30pm
  • Location: Embassy Suites San Diego/ La Jolla
  • Address: 4550 La Jolla Village Drive San Diego, CA 92122
  • Directions: Embassy Suites San Diego/ La Jolla


  • Date: February 7, 2017
  • Time: 11:30am
  • Location: Miramar National Cemetery
  • Address: 5795 Nobel Drive San Diego, CA 92122
  • Directions: Miramar National Cemetery

To All Of MARIO CHAVEZ Family Members My deepest sympathy goes out to each of you. Mario is no longer suffering, he is resting in peace. Now take good care of yourselves. Love Joyce Farmer

Joyce Farmer on January 28, 2017

My deepest sympathys. Mario was a great man Im blessed to say I knew him, Rachel and his beautiful daughter Michelle. He will be greatly missed. Heaven angel had gained an angel

Leslie on January 28, 2017

My deepest condolences to my Aunt Rachel and cousins Mark and Michelle. Uncle Mario was a great man, father, husband and uncle. He will forever be in my 💗

Debbie Wallace on January 28, 2017

He will be sorely missed. Enjoyed bowling with him - his sincerity and kind manner was always so appreciated. He was loved and respected so much- he will be missed! Sincerely sorry- may God be with you all!!🙏🙏🙏

Helen heath on January 28, 2017

Mario was our next door neighbor while I was growing up. He was a great friend to our family and my dads very best friend. He help us whenever we had a need. A great man! Truly will be missed!

John Kent on January 28, 2017

Con mucho cariño les envio un abrazo fraterno .Le pido a nuestro Señor en mis oraciones por su eterno descanso, y a ustedes familia mucha fortaleza y unidad en la familia .Dios los bendiga .