Dec. 18, 1916 — April 9, 2014
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Roy Cluness Chaix, born Dec. 18, 1916, in Placerville, Calif., a descendant of an El Dorado County, Calif., pioneer family, died in Sacramento, Calif., on April 9, 2014, at 97 years of age.
Roy was a longtime resident of the Sacramento Delta, living in Rio Vista, Grand Island and Courtland. He had a passion for his Indian Motorcycle and music, playing the clarinet and saxophone in the El Dorado High School band in Placerville. After graduating from El Dorado High School in 1935, he played professionally in orchestras and dance bands. He married the love of his life, Helen Marie (Bone) Chaix, on Nov. 17, 1939, in Carson City, Nev. They spent 68 wonderful years together prior to her death in 2008.
Roy worked for PG&E before becoming the first troubleman for SMUD in Courtland in 1948. He worked there until his retirement in 1980. He was very active in the community, spending his free time coaching Little league for many years, keeping the farmers’ pumps running and the lights on in Courtland and the surrounding area. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, being in the outdoors and later in life, RV traveling with friends and relatives.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Justus Sixtie Chaix and Ida Belle (Lathlean) Chaix; and his brother, Howard Major Chaix (Aileen). He is survived by his brother, Bill (Cece) Chaix; sons, Gary Roy Chaix (Bonnie) and Dave Michael Chaix (Elaine); daughter, January Marie Chaix; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
At Roy’s request, there will be no services. Donations in his memory can be sent to Roy and Helen’s favorite charity, Friends of Vinh Son Montagnard Orphanage, P.O. Box 9322 Auburn, CA 95604-9322, or online at friendsofvso.org.