Juan Francisco Rivas Cabrera Chavez Maldonado
Juan Francisco Rivas Cabrera Chavez Maldonado, 40, of Prairie Lea, passed away April 26, 2006.
Yes, he loved all his names and enjoyed rattling them off when asked, but everyone knew him as “Frank.” Frank was born in Sombrete, Zacatecas in Mexico on April 25, 1966, and was proud of his humble beginnings.
At age two he suffered a near-fatal accident when he was ru
n over by a mule team pulling a wagonload of soil. He pulled through but was left with nerve damage that resulted in pain being his constant companion till the end. Due to this, he could tell you more accurately than the weatherman when the climate was going to change.
Frank”s parents immigrated to the United States with their family in 1969, establishing roots in Caldwell County. In 1979 he and his siblings moved to Angleton with their father. “Encouraged” by his older sister, it was in Angleton that Frank learned to love The Truth as Joseph Martinez patiently taught him.
Moving back to the Luling area in 1983, Frank continued studying and publicly declared his love for Jehovah on July 14, 1984, in Houston. He graduated from Luling High School in 1984 and began an apprenticeship with Kenneth Hill learning the flooring business. Pursuing better opportunities, he moved to San Clemente, Calif., and spent several years there. He returned to Caldwell County in 1991 where he and Georgia started their family.
He met his greatest love, Georgia, at pioneer school and braved the whole Chapa family to win her hand and heart. They married on Sept. 30, 1989, and embarked on a life filled with love, laughter and adventure.
As a history buff, Frank enjoyed sharing everything that he knew about his family roots, especially passing this on to his children, nieces and nephews. His spirit of adventure led him on countless vacations with his family, leaving his children many fond memories of their time together.
We will miss his stories, jokes and unique sense of humor. He will always be remembered as the person you could count on in your time of need. We all look forward to the time when we can reunite with him in paradise, seeing his face light up with his signature smile knowing that he is no longer in pain.
Frank is survived by his wife, Georgia Chapa Rivas; his children, Nadia Gabrielle, Nia DeAnna, Marcos Francisco Damian, Marcella Adara and Precious Unborn; his mother, Josefina C. Ramos, widow of Joel Ramos from Seguin; his father, Juan Rivas Chavez, husband to Beatriz of Ensenada, B.C., Mexico; his sisters, Maria de la Luz Andrews, wife of Jim of Buda, Abigail Montes, wife of Antonio of Seguin, Rosemary Farrell, wife of Joshua of Lockhart and Marylue Rivas of Riverside, Calif.; his brothers, Daniel Rivas, husband to Jeana of Seguin and Juan Rivas, Jr., husband to Sandi of Tijuana, B.C., Mexico; nieces and nephews, Erik Ulysses Montes, Antonio Montes, Megan Hadassah Andrews, Ian Christopher Andrews, Seth R. Hayden Rivas, Hannah Abigail Montes, Mason Zachaeus Farrell, Novelyne Josephine Rivas, Yarrieh Joel Montes, Isabel Antonia Rivas, Jakob Ryan Farrell, Mya Gueneth Rivas, Katia Rivas, Sierra Jasmin Montes and Jillian Serena Montes. Frank is also survived by his “second family” of in-laws, parents, Santos Amador and Lucila Chapa of Victoria; Rose Ramirez, wife of Antonio Ramirez of Victoria; sisters, Dawn Wright, wife of Pierre Wright of San Jose, Calif., and Veronica Zuill of San Jose, Calif.; brothers, Charles Chapa, husband to Michelle of Mukwonago, Wis., Greg Chapa, husband to Francis of Port Lavaca, Steven Chapa, husband to Celi of Victoria, Donald Chapa, husband to Cherisa of Victoria, Efrem Chapa, husband to Michelle of Victoria, Guillermo Chapa of Brooklyn Bethel, N.Y., and Chauncey Poindexter, husband to Anna of Port Lavaca; nieces and nephews, Sean Wright, Symone Wright, Alex Chapa, Cordell Zuill, Lauryn Poindexter, McKenna Chapa, Chase Chapa and Tristan Poindexter.
Memorial services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30, 2006, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah”s Witnesses in Lockhart.
Arrangements under the care and guidance of McCurdy Funeral Home, 105 E. Pecan St., Lockhart, TX, (512) 398-4791.