Navarro Family History

My father Raymond Navarro, Sr., who is Fats' younger brother, was born 7/28/1947. My father's father Theodore Navarro, Sr. was born 12/18/1901 and died 12/1957. Theodore Navarro, Sr. was also father to Theodore, Jr. or "Fats" as we know him. Theodore Navarro, Sr. was the son of Agustin Navarro and Catherine Shavers, which explains the connection between my uncle Fats and trumpet great Charlie Shavers. Here are some other family facts.

My grandmother Annie and Aunt Theodoris still live in Fats' childhood home at 828 Thomas Street, in Key West, Florida. I have always been afraid of the house, primarily because I have to sleep in Fats' old room. I recently found out that it was his old room, and maybe that accounts for the pervasive eerie feelings I experience. Theodoris' husband Richard, who is a painter, swears that he gains inspiration in "that room." Theodoris told me tonight, that she was recently visited by a Shavers cousin, who said people used to line up on the sidewalk to hear Fats blow the horn in "that room." In 1995 a man from Miami approached my Aunt Theodoris about naming a street in Miami after Fats. People continue to approach my Grandmother's home and inquire about Fats' history!

Although Fats never liked Key West, it loves him.

Danielle Navarro-Roberts
Niece of Theodore "Fats" Navarro
San Antonio, Texas

We gratefully acknowledge Mrs. Navarro-Roberts' generous contribution of this little known Navarro family information.