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Who is Derek Chavez? 1923 Tribute Explained

Who is Derek Chavez? 1923 Tribute Explained

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1923 started back up on February 5, after a brief hiatus. The season picked back up with episode five, and there was a lot that took place.

In the fifth episode, Spencer and Alexandra began their journey to America. However, the tugboat they are traveling in crashed into a ghost ship, leaving their fate unknown.

Back in Montana, Jack and Jacob are both recovering from their injuries. As Emma grieves the death of her husband John, she takes her own life.

Elizabeth then goes on to inform Cara that she is pregnant with Jack’s baby.

Episode five had a lot to unpack, as the Duttons work to make it through tough times.

Derek Chavez tribute on 1923

The episode also featured a special tribute to Derek Chavez which left many fans wondering who he was and his connection to 1923.

Who is Derek Chavez?

Derek Chavez was a production supervisor on 1923. He was born on June 3, 1990, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Chavez also worked as a production supervisor on 1883 (2021-2022), Outer Range (2022-present) and Unbroken (2022-present).

In addition, Chavez was also known for his work on Longmire (2012-2017) The Host (2013), Finch (2021) and Lone Survivor (2013).

In addition to working as a production supervisor, Chavez also worked as a production assistant, production secretary, assistant production office coordinator, travel coordinator and production coordinator.

During his career, he worked on nearly 40 TV shows and movies.

Chavez leaves behind two children and a wife. Chavez and his wife Kristen had only been married since January 8, 2022.

Also read: Who Plays the Tugboat Captain Lucca in 1923?

What Was the Cause of Death?

Derek Chavez died on January 12, 2023, at just the age of 32. Reports revealed that the cause of his death was a heart attack.

His wife posted the following tribute to Facebook along with a photo of her late husband from their wedding day:

“I don’t know how to write this.

By now I think you all have heard of our tremendous loss.

Derek was phenomenal with his words, when there was great loss, he often had an excerpt in his back pocket to comfort those who are dealing with it. He always had an answer and some wisdom beyond his years.

Unfortunately I do not have either. He was my rock, he is our true north. He always came home to us. He always made his way home.

I don’t have answers right now. I don’t think I can even wrap my head around what is going on. But what I do know, is he is not coming back. And I am lost, and we are broken.

I need to mourn my husband. But he also has a huge family, and so many dear friends that he without a doubt would want me to be there for so I am going to do that. I’m taking it one second at a time as I’m trying to navigate .

He didn’t just leave a legacy. He IS the LEGACY. And I don’t know how to do any of this without him.

I’m so lost guys and I’m trying, when I have answers I will give them.

Know that he was home surrounded with his girls. He was not alone. We were with him. He will always be with us.

Please keep our family in your prayers. We will need them now more than ever.

I’m sorry if none of this makes sense. I can’t make sense of anything right now.

Derek loved you all, please pray right now, talk to him up in heaven, let him know how much he is missed.

Kristen Chavez

Since his untimely passing, many fellow colleagues have offered their condolences to the Chavez family. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and his parents Stacey Santos and David Chavez.

In addition, he is survived by his paternal and maternal grandparents, three aunts, as well as several cousins and extended family.