Chantaca, Jacinto C., Saginaw, Michigan

Ivan J. Roggen, M.D.

Our loving husband, father, grandfather went home to be with the Lord, Sunday December 5, 2010. Surrounded by the love of his life, his wife of 62 years Adella Chantaca, his children and grandchildren whom he deeply adored. Jacinto was born September 11, 1926 in Coahuila Mexico, to the late Juan and Antonia Chantaca. Jacinto moved to Saginaw in 1942, met and married the love of his life, Mary Adella Diaz, on February 18, 1948. She survives him along with their 4 daughters and son- Rita (Rev. Frank) Gallardo, Christina (Joseph) Loucks, Eleanor Casares-Lagalo, Gloria (Eldon) French, Juan (Patty) Chantaca and Nancy (Dennis) Shaydack Two young men he considered as sons Tim Ortiz and Leonard Frost; 17 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; 1 great great granddaughter. Jacinto is survived by two sisters and three brothers. Elisa Ruiz, Ruth (David) Gomez, Pete (Helen) Tony Chantaca. A special Nephew David (Emma) Chantaca. And many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Juan; Lupe and Jose Chantaca, his son Daniel J. Chantaca and grandson Gabriel L Chantaca. Jacinto is known by many in the Boxing community as "Jack the man who trained Boxing Champions." He opened AFL Local 85 Boxing Training Camp in 1975. Our father's dream and vision was to take young boys off the streets and give them a place where they could come together and become a team of champions, not only in boxing but in life. He was a no nonsense trainer, he told the young boys "if you want to be a boxer and you give me your commitment and dedication we will make it happen, if not get out of here I won't let you waste my time. Needless to say, his history of champions speaks for its self. Our Daddy had many supporters but his biggest supporter was his wife Della, who worked tirelessly raising money for the club by making and selling her famous Mexican dinners. Our Mother became the first women Boxing Judge in Saginaw, and 2nd in the State of Michigan. They both worked tirelessly as a team giving and sacrificing their time and resources to instill value, integrity and respect in these young men. Daddy was most proud of his sons Daniel, and Juan Chantaca who became Jr. Olympic champions and Golden Gloves State Champ. His son Daniel won Piazza award in 1973 and was the first recipient. In April of 1999, daddy was inducted in the Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame. In June of 1987, daddy passed the baton to the man he mentored, Juan Garcia, thus, the dream continues as Juan has taken the next generation of boxers into championship. (Juan Garcia's words) "I am grateful for the mentoring and impartations of wisdom Jack gave me. I am dedicated to fulfilling the dream of making this community of champions in life and Boxing. The funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 10, 2010, at W. L. Case and Co. Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road. His son-in-law, Rev. Frank Gallardo will officiate with burial in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the Chapel from 2:00-9:00 p.m. Thursday and then on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Living Faith Family Ministries.