Daniel R. Chavez

December 11, 1953 - May 22, 2023
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Daniel “Danny” Chavez, 69, of Marana, AZ passed away May 22, 2023.  Danny was born December 11, 1953 in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.  He lived most of his childhood in El Paso, Texas where he met his high school sweetheart soon-to-be wife, Gloria Irene Chavez.  In 1972, he moved to Morenci, AZ and began his mining career with Phelps Dodge Mining Company and Freeport-McMoRan.  Danny’s mining experience began as a laborer on the surface and then the smelter.  As time progressed, he became a locomotive engineer, haul truck driver and heavy equipment operator.  Towards the end of his career, he became a heavy-duty equipment trainer.  He loved working and providing for his family.   He semi-retired in 2009 and moved to Marana, AZ, but continued working in the mining industry for Asarco, Capstone Copper and Robinson’s Mine a few more years until finally officially retiring from mining in 2016.

When Danny wasn’t working he was enjoying his time with his family or playing some kind of sport.  He played basketball, football, softball, tennis, pool, bowling and his beloved golf.  He was lucky enough to get hired as a marshal for the Heritage Highlands Golf Course and finally Stone Canyon Golf Club in Oro Valley, AZ.  He would always brag about getting paid to have fun.

Danny was a loving husband, incredible father, wonderful grandfather “Papa” to his seven grandchildren, and true friend. Danny is preceded in death by his parents Alfredo and Francisca Chavez.  He is survived by his wife, Gloria, daughters, Bernadette, Allison (Joaquin) and Danielle. Grandchildren Kaileb, Cyrus, Daylen, Jaiden, Avian, Liliana and Cayla.

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Born: December 11, 1953
Died: May 22, 2023

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Edward Escobedo posted on 6/22/23

Rest In Peace Daniel you were A great coworker in morenci and friend


Kelly Hott posted on 6/11/23

Danny was a fantastic co-worker and an awesome person all around. ❤️


Roger Madrid posted on 6/10/23

It dearly hardened my heart to hear the passing of Danny .I worked with Danny in Morenci , he was a great coworker to be with most of all he was a true friend of mine!!! My Condolences to All the Family. I WILL TRULY MISS YOU MY FRIEND!!! ?? Roger &Velia Madrid Thatcher AZ


John Freida posted on 6/10/23

Sorry to hear of your father's passing. Knew Danny for many years and worked with him in the training dept. A fun and gentle, caring man. Condolences to the family. May he rest in peace.


Amy Downing posted on 6/10/23

Sending heartfelt condolences to Danny’s family. I had the privilege of getting to know him while working at Stone Canyon Golf. What a good good guy. He was upstanding, warm, and principled. We liked each other immediately and I think that was typical of him; he seemed to me the kind of person who was able to connect with everyone. I smile to remember that big guy riding the course in what looked like a tiny cart with him in it. And the last time he played at Stone he made an eagle on number one! I will miss him.


Robert Velasquez posted on 6/10/23

I first met Danny when I moved from Nevada to Tucson. At the time Danny worked at The Highlands as a Starter / Marshal. After meeting Danny once, he remembered my name and told me he never forgot a name. I later worked with Danny at Stone Canyon and always enjoyed talking with Danny. He was a good friend and we always talked about playing golf. Danny was well liked by everyone he met, he was a great person. I will surely miss Danny , but will always remember him as a good friend. My condolences to Danny's family, he was a great man.


Rick Chavez posted on 6/9/23

On behalf of Reyna Chavez (Oscar Chavez’ wife) and my brother and sisters- Oscar, Sandra, Sylvia, Erika, and Elsa, our thoughts and prayers go out to Danny’s family. May you find peace and comfort. Rest in Peace Danny. Rick Chavez, El Paso, TX


Bronco Jacobs posted on 6/8/23

Sincere condolences to the Chavez family!! Danny and I worked together many years at Carlota and Capstone. A great person, so very glad I had the privilege to meet Danny. RIP my friend!!!


Shirley Ingram posted on 6/6/23

To Gloria and family Bill and I both send our condolences to you and your family. Love and prayers to you all.


Benjamin Gallegos posted on 6/6/23

My heartfelt sympathy to the family my good friend like a brother Danny Boy we worked at Carlota Mine Globe-Miami AZ and Robinson Mining Company Nevada had our RV’s next to each other I will treasure our friendship forever sending prayers!