Oscar Chapa, Jr.

Oscar Chapa, Jr., born January 25, 1963, died peacefully in his home on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

The oldest son of Oscar Sr. and Martha Chapa born in Houston, Texas before moving to Pearland where he and his younger brother Luis grew up and spent most of their youth helping their father run his auto parts & mechanic shop. In high school, he attended San Marcos Baptist Academy where he served in the Corps of Cadets.

After graduation, Oscar spent time as a carpenter before finding his lifelong passion in the kitchen. He graduated from the Art Institute of Houston’s culinary school and became a chef at restaurants across Houston, working his way up from a line cook to the prominent position of executive chef. He moved on to teaching the next generation of chefs ,and even after leaving the classroom, maintained a mentoring relationship with several up-and-coming chefs. He was passionate about providing exceptional food even for the dogs he loved & cared for, which spurred his entrepreneurial spirit to open Loki’s Treats, an artesanal dog food and treat company supplying products which were made to the high standards he kept in the restaurants and classrooms he loved.

When not working, Oscar was an avid collector of vintage comic books, rare trading cards, action figures, and board games. He was a fixture at several local gaming clubs, helping to organize gaming conventions and spread his love for them with others. Outside of that, he was a proud grandfather to three beautiful grandchildren who he loved deeply and who will miss him most at the Thanksgiving table where he would play with them and encourage them to eat their vegetables.

He is survived by his mother, Martha; younger brother Luis and sister-in-law Shelley; daughter, Lesslie; and his son, Matthew, daughter-in-law Andrea,  grandchildren Josephine, Kyle, and Libby.

The family will be holding a private service and requests that in lieu of flowers that individuals would instead donate to these worthy causes:

Community First

Moving Waters


  1. Oscar will be missed by so many who are grateful for his investment in their lives. His family and friends will remember the good times and the laughs while they mourn his passing. But knowing he is now residing with his Heavenly Father, and that they will be reunited one day in the future, is the greatest comfort and gift one can receive. Psalms 62:1 “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.”

    Laura Oakley
  2. RIP brother! May the Green and Purple shine on your soul. You will be missed. Gods blessings to your family.

  3. I was happy to learn everything from him some day I’m gonna be chef just like Oscar I’m happy he train me on everything how to be come great chef .Chef I wish I called you one more time saying hey chef what are we learning today I’m ready to learn please teach and show me master Oscar

    Travis Terry
  4. I knew Oscar at SMA. After school, with him in Pearland and me in Alvin, it was nice to have a friend nearby to do things with. We drifted apart, but luckily reconnected years, and a lifetime, later, via FB.
    He loved his children and grandchildren. He loved his pets. He loved cooking.
    He was always a joy to talk with, reminisce with and we shared our pains and joys with each other.
    I will always remember him, he held a special place in my heart.
    RIP my green & purple brother, your journey is complete, your job is done. May you find peace within yourself and with your pups that were waiting to greet you.

    Kay Fisher SMA'81
  5. My deepest condolences go out to Lesslie and Matthew on the loss of Oscar. I didn’t know him, but I know Lesslie and she’s one of the sweetest and most talented people that I know. Praying God’s peace and comfort to wrap his arms around you and bring healing. Lots of love, Diana S.

    Diana Spangenberg
  6. A loving grandfather will be missed by Josephine, Kyle and Libby! Hopefully they will inherit his Chef’s ‘spirit’- deepest condolences to Matthew and Andrea and Lesslie! God bless this special family!

    Much love from G’Ma Pat –

    Patsy R Abbott
  7. Will miss you my SMA brother and friend of many years.
    I always loved our passion of cooking ,animals and so many other things.
    I hope your with all your rainbow 🌈 pets.

    you will be missed dearly. But nevet forgotten.

    Mitzi Meyer Powell

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