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Obituary: John A. Chapman March 11, 1930 – March 23, 2019

on March 27, 2019 - 5:54pm

JOHN A. CHAPMAN March 11, 1930 – March 23, 2019

John A. Chapman, 89, a resident of White Rock, NM passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2019.

He was born March 11, 1930 in East St. Louis, Ill.  At the age of 17 John joined the Marines and served in China and also served during the Korean War. After discharge, he worked for several railroads firing steam engines.

John moved his family to Los Alamos, NM in 1956 where he served his community as a Police Officer. After a limited period of time at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he rejoined the Los Alamos Police Department and later retired in May 1988 with the rank of Sergeant. 

John is proceeded in death by his first wife Rosemary Chapman, brothers Earl and Charles Chapman, son-in-law Jerry Hart, granddaughters Betty Jo Hart and Diane Taylor, great grandson Nathan Elliott and great-great granddaughter Ahriah Baca. 

John is survived by his loving wife Clara; brother Bob (Judy) Chapman; children Janice (Bill) Taylor, Karen Hart, Diane (John) Smith; four stepchildren Loretta (Dennis), Alfonso, Denise (Gus) and Leo (Victor) Jaramillo; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. 

John will be cremated and a rosary will be recited on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Rivera Family Funeral Home in Espanola, NM. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Los Alamos, NM. He will be laid to rest on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM.

The family of Mr. Chapman have entrusted his care to Rivera Family Funerals & Cremations of Los Alamos, 1627 A Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544, (505) 663-6880