Ice Arena staffer tells a fascinating life story

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Gene Chavez has worked mornings at the Apex Center Ice Arena front desk for nearly 16 years. But that’s just a small fraction of his very interesting life. The 87-year-old Arvada resident recently told his story to the Arvada Press. Some of his life’s highlights include attending several Super Bowls, serving in the Army with Elvis Presley, being a guard at the Nuremberg Trials at the age of 17, and starting a holiday tradition while he was stationed in Panama to help feed local children.

Gene’s work at the Apex Center began with his daughter Crystal, now 44, who was a Special Olympics skater at the former North Jeffco Ice Arena. When the old rink closed, Crystal began skating at the new Apex Center Ice Arena, and Gene joined the staff. “They needed somebody they can depend on to open up in the mornings,” he said.

As the saying goes, the rest is history. To read the full article, visit