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Joe Chapman

Joseph Eugene Chapman passed away on February 20, 2021. He was born March 26, 1963, the fourth child of Alvin and Mary Chapman in Las Cruces, NM. His twin sister, Patty, was born two minutes before him. At the age of 6 months his family moved to Titusville, Florida. Joe spent the first 15 years of his life in Titusville, before moving back to NM.

He loved riding his bike with his friends, swimming in the ocean, fishing excursions with his family and participating in sports, his favorite being Pop Warner football. Football would be a life-long love for him, as an athlete and as a fan. In 1987, at the age of 24, he met and fell in love with an older woman, Trish. She was 35, and had 4 children, ages 6, 8, 10, and 12. They were married on November 27, 1987, in Gila, NM. He took on the responsibility of loving and caring for his new family. It was filled with challenges, some almost insurmountable at times, but he never quit. He loved his family unconditionally. Joe was an amazing husband, companion, friend, mentor, father, and Papa.

Joe loved life, family, and friends. He was a good friend, one you always wanted on your side, and was an excellent mediator. He was full of wisdom and knowledge and in his humble way would share it when he felt it important to do so. He also loved the thrill of fast cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles, and was always ready for a road trip.

Joe is survived by: his wife of 33 years, Trish Chapman; their children and grandchildren, Rusty, Afton, Ayslin & Cambre Kern; Eric, Kelly, Kanyon, Breece, Brinlee, Braydee, Konner & Karsen Kern; Zeb, Beth & Zander Kern, Chase Rankin; and Inga, Chasie and Asher Young; his brothers, John Chapman and David Chapman; niece, DeAnn Rocha; nephews, Brian Chapman and Santana Murillo; and countless family and friends who will miss him dearly.

Joe was preceded in death by: his parents, Alvin and Mary Chapman; his sister, Patty Massengill; and his nephew, JD Chapman.

A Celebration of Joe's Life will be conducted Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., at Vining Funeral Home's "Chapel of the Valley," by Bishop John Green of the Safford 6th Ward.

Those who would like to attend the services via Facebook Live can join on Vining Funeral Home's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/viningfuneral, Saturday morning, March 6, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. (MST).

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My Prayers and love go out to the family during this time.

Mark Bettes Jun 7 2021 7:43 AM

I am so sorry! I just saw this and my heart breaks for you and your family. I pray peace and beautiful memories continue to surround you all. Joe was a sweet guy and I have a lot of precious memories from the high school days. Again, I am sorry...Hugs.

Donna Giacoletti Mar 29 2021 5:38 PM

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Chapman family. Joe was such a sweet gentle soul.

Denise Hamilton Mar 23 2021 2:58 PM

Joe was my greatest friend in high school, drifted apart after that but I loved that guy, really good person

Daniel Miller Mar 20 2021 6:35 PM