Scott Allan Chavez, 34, of Culleoka, Tenn., passed away March 22 at his home. He was raised in the Baptist Church. Scott was the owner and operator of SC Guiding Service in New Mexico, as well as Total Solutions Remodeling in Franklin, Tenn. He loved being outdoors to hunt, fish and ride horses. Scott was preceded in death by his grandfather, Leonard Gonce. He is survived by his wife, Rachel Lamar Chavez; son, Hayden Chavez, stepson Kenneth Tyler Beaver, grandmother, Judy (Lynn) Chilton, sister, Stephanie (Ed) Dean, uncle, Allan (Craig) Gonce and cousin, Dean Gonce. A graveside memorial service will be held May 21 at 1 p.m. at the cemetery in Mountainair, with Richard Spencer officiating.
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