Originally Published: February 11, 2016 6 a.m.
Elias R. Jauregui was 89 years old; he was born in Jerome, Arizona on July 12 1926 and entered into eternal life on Feb. 7, 2016 in Bagdad, Arizona at his favorite place, "Rancho Palo Seco."
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rito and Lupe Jauregui, his Tia Petra Ramirez, his daughter Martha Sandoval Jauregui, his grandson Robert Jauregui, and his great grandson Porter Austin. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 60 years Maria De Jesus Sandoval Jauregui; his son Lupe (NicoLasa) Natalia, and Elias Jauregui; his son Fernando (Olga), Janelle, and Ruben Jauregui; son Rigo (Debbie), Jacob, and Dillon Jauregui; Javier Jauregui, Andrea Dearien, and Dustin Post; son Eduardo, Johnathan Apolinar, Charles, Santana and Marina Jauregui; son Juan (Dawn), Tanicia Austin, Janessa, Marissa, and Tony Jauregui; daughter Tashena Aguilar, and Michael McKeon; and daughter Anjelica and Nuvia Jauregui. He also leaves behind 10 great-grandkids Audrey, Addison, Nolan, Amelia, Jaydrian, Elijah, Ezrah, Addison, Bentley and Andres.
Elias, better known to people as Chapo, started his career in mining in 1945. He worked in many mines in the surrounding areas of Bagdad and after 43 years, he retired from Cyprus Bagdad Copper Corporation on July 25, 1988. Throughout his career, Chapo touched many lives with his Cobbler skills and services. Some of his many hobbies were making knives, slingshots, collecting coins and stamps, and especially spending time with his friends in his shoe shop. In 1980, he purchased his little ranch where he spent time raising his animals, and had many gatherings with his family and friends.
Elias was a man whose primary responsibility was his family, job and his land. Elias was a devote Catholic who seldom missed a mass at Saint Francis of Assisi in Bagdad, Arizona.
Rest in peace Chapo, you will be loved and greatly missed by all. A viewing and rosary will take place at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 150 Fleury St. in Prescott, Arizona. The funeral Mass will start at 10 a.m. The graveside service will follow the mass at the Mountain View Cemetery, 1051 Willow Creek Road in Prescott.
Funeral services were trusted to Wakelin Family Funeral Homes. Please visit www.ruffnerwakelin.com to view and sign Chapo's guestbook.
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