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Trust fund set up for stricken Lathrop family
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LATHROP — A trust account has been opened at Premier Community Credit Union to help the family of a young father in Lathrop who died on Tuesday.

Donations to the Pablo Chavez Family Trust should be made out to the “Pablo Chavez Family Trust Fund” and can be turned in to: Lathrop Elementary School, 15851 Fifth Street, Lathrop, CA 95330 – Attention Karen Olsen.

Olsen is vice principal of Lathrop Elementary and one of the many volunteers in the community who are organizing a spaghetti dinner to benefit the Chavez family. The event will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lathrop School Gym, corner of Fifth and O streets. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for a family of up to six members. Lathrop Elementary Principal David Silveira, who has rallied staff and community members to come to the aid of the grieving family, said the spaghetti feed is the first of two benefit dinners in the upcoming weeks being hosted by the school.

Pablo Chavez, who was i45 years old, was taken off life support on Tuesday at Stanford Medical Center following a sudden brain hemorrhage a few days before. His organs were donated to various patients who have been on the waiting list for an organ donor.

Chavez, who was the family’s main breadwinner, left behind a wife and four young children – two of the siblings are third- and fifth-grade students at Lathrop Elementary, one is a senior at Lathrop High School, and the oldest is a freshman at Delta College. Wife Ofelia works intermittently as a house cleaner.

Friends say the family does not have close relatives in Lathrop except for the deceased man’s father.

Funeral services for Pablo Chavez will be held at P.L. Fry Funeral Home, 290 N. Union Road in Manteca. Viewing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, followed by the praying of the rosary from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, Jan. 9, at 11 am. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 16200 Cambridge Drive one block north of Louise Avenue in Lathrop.