Obituaries

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July 17, 2014


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Roland Art Sandoval Sr.

REHOBOTH, N.M. -- Funeral services for Roland Art Sandoval Sr., 67, are currently pending.

Roland was born June 4, 1947, in Gallup, into the Kinyaa'áanii (Towering House Clan), born for Ta'neeszahnii (Tangle Clan). His nali is Tsin sikaadnii (Clamp Tree) and chei is Haltsooi (Meadow People). He died July 14, 2014, in Albuquerque.

Sandoval was a member of the Window Rock Christian Reformed Church. He was a Vietnam veteran and served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1967 to 1969. He enjoyed ranching, fishing, attending rodeo events, watching NFL and NBA sports, and spending time with his family.

Roland is survived by his wife, Betty Sandoval; son, Roland Art Sandoval Jr.; daughters, Rolanda Sandoval Frank, Chandra Claw, Rochelle Yazzie, and Raquel Sandoval; sisters, Irby M. Smith and Marie A. Lincoln; guardian, Alice H. Begay; and 11 grandchildren.

Roland is preceded in death by his parents, Emma H. Sandoval and Art Sandoval; brother, Robert E. Sandoval Sr.; grandparents, Marie and Charley H. Begay Sr.; and guardian, Tom H. Begay.

Raymond Chee Davis

LUKACHUKAI, Ariz. - Raymond Chee Davis, 97, originally of Lukachukai/Round Rock, Ariz., passed away July 6, 2014, at the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock. He was born Dec. 12, 1916, in Round Rock, Ariz., into the Tó'aheedliinii (Water Flow Together Clan), born for çshiihnii (Salt People Clan).

A World War II veteran, Raymond was honorably discharged from the Army as a staff sergeant in Company M, 180th Infantry Regiment on Aug. 24, 1945. Raymond saw action in Naples Foggia, Sicily Beach then headed to Salermo, Italy, then again at Anzio, Italy, Southern France, Central Europe, Rhineland and Rome Arno. His field commander was Gen. Mark Clark. Decorations and citations included the Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and Purple Heart. Wounds received in action, Italy, May 5, 1944; and prisoner of war, Stalog No. 7, Munchen, Germany.

Raymond is survived by his daughter, Marlene R. (Sterling) Manuelito; grandson, Stacey D. Manuelito; sisters, Amy Watchman of Fort Defiance, and Agnes Whitey of Lukachukai, Ariz.; and five great-grandsons.

Raymond is preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Todacheene Davis; brother, Francis K. McKinley; and sisters, Marie Lee Yazzie and Amelda F. Tso.

Condolences can be mailed to Marlene Manuelito, P.O. Box 282, Shiprock, NM 87420.

Raymond is in the care of Desert View Funeral Home.

Louise S. Maize

KIRTLAND, N.M. -- Graveside services for Louise S. Maize, 81, were held July 14 at the Kirtland/Fruitland cemetery.

Louise was born April 15, 1933, into the Tl'ááshchi'i (Red Bottom People Clan), born for Honágháahnii (One-walks-around Clan). Her nali is Kinyaa'áanii (Towering House); chei is Hashtl'ishnii (Mud). She died July 8, 2014.

Louise worked as a farmer, electronics technician and seamstress. Her hobbies included weaving, sewing and plastic canvas work. She loved to sing shoe game songs and enjoyed teaching traditional riding songs to her children while traveling with her family. Her children will always cherish her beautiful singing voice.

Louise is survived by Debbie Maize of Wellington, Utah; Alberta Smallcanyon of Kirtland; Eunice (Joseph) Naranjo of Espanola, N.M.; Linda Maize of Farmington; Freida (Leslie) John of Aztec, N.M.; Lester Maize of Sheep Springs, N.M.; and Karen (Wilson) Barber of Farmington.

Louise is preceded in death by her husband, Johnny P. Maize; father, Phillip Sam; and mother, Genieva Ké'’’t'’n’ Begay.

Pallbearers were Lester Maize, DeaZhan Maize, Aaron Smallcanyon, Kacey Gipson, Wilson Barber, and Keagan Heaps.

Cope Memorial in Kirtland was in charge of arrangements.




Phillip Carl Loretto II

SANTA FE -- Graveside service for Phillip Carl Loretto II, 43, of Jemez Pueblo, N.M., were held July 10 at the Santa Fe Veterans Cemetery with Cindy Sandoval officiating.

Phillip was born July 29, 1970, in Albuquerque, into the çshiihi (Salt People)/Tótsohnii (Big Water) Clan, born for Jemez Pueblo. He died July 5, 2014, in Albuquerque.

Phillip graduated in 1988 from Jemez Valley High School in Jemez. He served in the U.S. Army during Operation Desert Storm and was a firefighter with Jemez Pueblo Forestry. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and was a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Phillip is survived by his daughters, Jessica, Micah and Tassandra Loretto; father, Phillip Loretto Sr.; brothers, Lyle Loretto and Davis Loretto; grandmother, Stephanie Rhoads-Jemez of Cedar Springs, Ariz.; and granddaughter, Kaliyah Loretto.

Phillip is preceded in death by his mother, Darlene (Keams) Loretto; maternal grandparents, Chee and Winnie (Jackson) Keams; and paternal grandfather, Supreano Loretto.

A traditional wake was held July 9 at the Toledo's residence in Jemez Pueblo.