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Grand Marshals for 2017

 

Javier and Amada Chavez 

 

Javier Chavez is a proud Utahn, father, community leader, and businessman. Born and raised in Mexico, on a small farm in the state of Zacatecas, he learned the values of hard work and perseverance. While earning a degree in engineering at the University of Zacatecas, Javier discovered a talent and passion for the sport of Track and Field. He excelled, winning many competitions and setting records. Javier had a stellar track career competing internationally, in the World Championships and Pan American games. He went to the 1976 Olympic Trials in Canada where he raced the 1,500 meters. Weber State took notice of Javier’s unique skills, and offered him a scholarship, leading to an impressive track career while earning a degree in computer science. He is a proud alum and was inducted into the Weber State Hall of Fame in 2001. After years of working in restaurants for others, he decided to open his own: Javier’s Authentic Mexican Food. There are now several Javier’s restaurants in the northern Utah area, with more to come. Javier recognizes his achievements have resulted from community support. He has mentored students, and been active in church and school activities. He has collaborated with the Ogden Weber Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and donated his time as a track and field coach at St. Joseph’s Catholic High School. Javier also recognizes his employees for their hard work helping his businesses succeed. Amada, Javier’s wife, has been instrumental in his success. Amada was very active in helping Javier start the restaurants, helping to formulate and perfect the recipes. They have four adult children: Javier Jr., an attorney; Manuel Antonio, an investment banker; Amada, a sports journalist; and Andrea Esperanza, a mental health professional. Javier says “my family is the most important thing for me. My wife and children motivate and inspire me. I’m so blessed to be a part of the Ogden community. I love it here. We raised our family, and started our businesses in this special place. Thank you so much Ogden, for all you have given us!”

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