MISSION – Efren Chapa Olivarez, 75, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Paxvilla Hospice in McAllen. He was born to Sotero Chapa and Idelfonsa Olivarez on July 9, 1940 in Valadeces, Mexico.
Survivors include his wife, Sara Chapa; children, Roel Chapa, Jorge Chapa, Efrain Chapa, Eleazar Chapa, Juan A. Chapa, Sotero Chapa, Artemio Chapa, Mario Chapa, Hector Chapa and Sara Chapa; siblings, Sotero Chapa, Guadalupe Chapa, Oralia Solis, Paula Garcia and Elvira Chapa; and 32 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sotero and Idelfonsa Chapa, and siblings, Telesforo Chapa, Simon Chapa, Ramona Ybarra, Jose Salome Chapa, Manuela Alafa and Leonila Vasquez.
A funeral mass was held on May 2 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission. Burial followed at Lord & I Cemetery in Palmview.