March 31, 1939 — Feb. 3, 2013
Leon J. Chauvet — “Lee,” as everyone knew him by — was born March 31, 1939, in Alameda County and passed away quietly on Feb. 3, 2013, in Placerville, surrounded by family and friends. He served his country proudly in the Air Force for 34 years. He always admired his brother’s service in the Korean War. He worked 20 years at Aerojet General Corporation. He had a passion for 4WD, making a career of it and working for the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation representing the public interest and serving on many advisory BLM councils. He also volunteered for the El Dorado County Sheriff’s STAR Program.
Lee is survived by his wife of 26 years, Wendy; sister-in-law, Pat Chauvet of Martinez; a sister; and several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arsene and Marguerite Chauvet; and his brother, John Chauvet. His birthday falls on Easter Sunday this year. As Mark would say, “He could sure hide them but couldn’t find them.” He touched so many lives in so many ways and will be greatly missed until we meet again, my love, always and forever.
No services will be held. A private interment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Rubicon Trail Foundation, P.O. Box 2188, Placerville, CA 95667, in memory of Lee.