By LUCY GUANUNA
EAGLE ROCK — Victor Chavez worked as a carpenter and welder but he was also an incredible athlete and motorcyclist, according to his family. “He was good at everything he did,” said his wife, Emily Dalton Chavez. But it was while riding his Honda ST 1100 earlier this month that Chavez collided with a car and died from his injuries on the day before his 44th birthday.
The Eagle Rock native was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale on October 23 with more than 200 of his friends and relatives in attendance. “We buried him at Forest Lawn because it overlooks Eagle Rock, so he’d always be overlooking his home,” Dalton Chavez said.
Chavez, is survived by his wife, four children, parents and new-born grandchild.
Chavez died on Thursday, October 9 only a few blocks from his home. After helping his mother move some things at her home, Chavez was riding southbound on Eagle Rock Boulevard when a car made a left hand turn at the intersection with Avenue 42 in Glassell Park. Chavez collided with the driver’s side of vehicle.
Detective Mike Kaden with the LAPD’s Central Traffic Division said the driver of the car was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol but did receive a traffic citation. Detectives with the continue to investigate the collision.
“We’re all staying close and taking care of each other and that all was rooted in the love that he established,” said Dalton Chavez.
Chavez’ stepfather, Albert Sierra, wrote a poem in his memory.
Lucy Guanuna has reported on a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.