Patrick L. 'Big Pat' Chavez

Jan 10, 2013 Staff

Patrick L. "Big Pat" Chavez, of Arapahoe, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Riverton Memorial Hospital. He was 37 years old.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church with Catholic clergy officiating. Interment will follow at Arapaho Catholic Cemetery. A rosary will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Davis Funeral Home, and at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, with a wake to follow at 14 Redcrow, Arapahoe.

Patrick Luke Chavez was born July 11, 1975, in Riverton, the son of Alfred Bruce Chavez and Wilhelmina Spoonhunter. He lived in Arapahoe his entire life and attended school at Wyoming Indian Elementary and Chemawa Indian School, and he graduated from St. Stephen's High School.

He was of the Catholic faith and practiced Native American ways.

His family said he enjoyed spending time with his family, playing chess and pool, cruising, listening to music and hanging out with his cousins and friends. He also enjoyed watching Chiefs basketball games, he was a big Bronco fan, and he loved to fish.

He is survived by his daughter, Quelenna Chavez; mother Wilhelmina Spoonhunter; stepfather Darrell Hanway Sr.; grandparents Joe and Lilian Chavez; brothers Joshua Hanway, William Hanway Sr. and Alynn Chavez; sisters Pamela Chavez, Pauline Chavez, Mary Hanway and Marie Jaramillo; aunts and uncles Bill Sr. and Jean Watt, Karen Brown, Angela Hanway, Dawn Michelle Spoonhunter, Iris Oldman, Arlene Trosper, Myra Watt, Kathy Chavez, Jerry and Liz Smith, Mary Jean Day, Clarence Chavez, Marty Chavez, Keith Chavez, Donnie Chavez, Isaac Chavez, Georgia Gneiting, Juanita Stamp, Chavez; and members of the Spoonhunter and Hanway families.

He was preceded in death by his son, Carlos Goodman; father Alfred Bruce Chavez; brother Darrell Hanway Jr.; nephew Darrell Joshua Hanway; grandparents William and Elma Spoonhunter and Jimmy and Wilena Chavez; and Irene Warren, Anita Spoonhunter, Roy Spoonhunter Sr., William Spoonhunter Sr., Vera Trosper, Pauline Kniffin, Matthew Watt and Gregory Trosper.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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