Laguna local Arno Chauvel has lost his battle with bone cancer.
His friend, Joe Ferguson, set up a blog for Chauvel in March, when he was first admitted to the hospital. Since then, memories and photographs have flooded the site, revealing a man with a passion for life and travel, and a happy marriage with Suzi Chauvel. He died April 19 at age 60.
Arno Chauvel was born Oct. 8, 1950, in Tulare, Calif. He met his wife while at the University of the Pacific, where he received a doctorate in pharmacology, according to his sister-in-law.
He proposed to Suzi Chauvel on Victoria Beach and they married in 1972. For the last 24 years they lived on a hill overlooking that spot.
He worked in medicine for 15 years but was able to find pleasure in a second career in real estate, as a co-founder of Summit Communities. He was also vice chairman of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center.