Efraim (Efi) Chovers was born on March 13, 1960 in New York to Mordechai and Ein-ya. At the time his father was a representative of Zim shipping in New York. When Efi was four, his family returned to Israel and he attended elementary school in Haifa. Six years later the family returned to New York for an additional five years and Efi attended Ramaz High School while his father served as President of Zim America. He completed his high school studies at the Reali School in Haifa.
Efi began his army service in the Air Corps in the pilot training course. He left when a peace agreement was signed with Egypt and moved to the Artillery Corps. A few weeks before his term of service was completed, the First Lebanese War began and Efi served as an artillery officer directing fire from advanced positions. He was injured near Lake Karoun on the Syrian front and despite extensive efforts to save him, he died on June 19, 1982. He was buried in the Haifa Military Cemetery.