Obituaries for March 7, 2019
Everett Lawrence Largo
AVONDALE, Ariz. — Funeral services for Everett Lawrence Largo, 57, of Goodyear, Arizona, were held March 4 at the Truth Tabernacle Apostolic Church in Avondale, Arizona. Interment followed at a private family burial plot in Table Mesa, New Mexico.
Everett was born Feb. 15, 1962, to Sarah Lapahie and Lawrence Largo Sr., in Phoenix, and was raised on the Navajo Nation near Hogback, New Mexico. He died Feb. 26, 2019, in Goodyear.
Everett graduated from Shiprock High School and graduated in 1995 from DeVry University in Phoenix. He was employed as a metrology technician at Palo Nuclear Generating System for almost 30 years.
Everett also coached basketball at St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix, from 1994 to 2007. During his 13-year tenure at St. Mary’s, Coach Largo was the assistant basketball coach for the girl’s 5A Division 1 varsity basketball team. Under his guidance, the St. Mary’s Knights girl’s basketball team earned two Arizona State Championships, one Arizona State Runner-Up and 10 Regional Championships.
Coach Largo began the Native Stars Basketball Program in 1999 where he taught middle school/high school boys and girls the fundamentals of basketball. He had a love of teaching and could break down complex ideas into simple concepts.
Everett created the www.nativehoops.com information website to promote basketball tournaments, camps and clinics throughout the United States and Canada. He freely gave his time for 19 years as a volunteer to the NSB program as well as in camps and clinics, helping hundreds of girls and boys to improve their basketball skills and grow in confidence.
Humble, simple and honest, Everett did not like a lot of recognition. He spent his life volunteering and working hard to support seven children. He taught his children about discipline and to always give back to the community, using their education and abilities.
Loving and caring, Everett met his wife Norma in high school where they were sweethearts. Though he was often serious, he had a unique sense of humor. He loved fishing, taking photos and enjoyed traveling all over the U.S. for work and basketball tournaments.
Everett is survived by his wife, Norma Largo; daughters, Melissa, Chrissy, Rainelle and Lynnelle Largo; sons, Lionel, Michael and Bryson Largo; brother, Lawrence Largo; and one grandchild.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.
SHIPROCK — Funeral services for Donald Tsosie, 67, of Two Grey Hills, New Mexico, were held Feb. 27 at the Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Shiprock, with Michael Allison officiating. Interment with military honors followed in Toadlena, New Mexico.
Donald was born Oct. 9, 1951, in Fort Defiance, into the Kinlichíi’nii (Red House People Clan), born for Dzil Gha’i Táchii’nii. His chei is Tsenabahilnii (Sleep Rock People); nali is Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House). He passed away Feb. 21, 2019, in Two Grey Hills.
Donald was born to Venita H. Begay, a weaver, and Kenneth Tsosie, a Navajo Code Talker. His chei was Sam Joe Begay of Two Grey Hills, and nali was Zah Tsosie of Sawmill, Arizona.
Donald attended Toadlena Boarding School, Davis High School in Utah, graduating from Navajo Methodist Mission High School in Farmington. He attended the University of Utah and the University of New Mexico.
Donald served in the Army from 1974 to 1978 and was stationed in Germany, commended with the National Defense Service Medal. He served in the military honorably and worked as a truck mechanic in the Army. Later, he worked as a laborer and rancher for others.
Donald was well known for his love of sports, particularly his favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys, and baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals. He never missed a Cowboys game, listening to live games by radio.
Along with his love for sports, Donald enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, fishing and playing basketball at family gatherings by Narbona Pass at Spruce Tree Spring. He was gifted in mathematics and excelled at using his cognitive energy in besting his partners in games of chess, checkers and Navajo 10.
Donald had a quiet demeanor with a quick sense of humor and lived his life with kindness and generosity. He will be missed as he touched many lives but he will be forever remembered by the good life he shared with his family.
Donald is survived by his siblings, Jennie Platero (Herbert), Lynda Lasiloo, Faye Tsosie Allison (Michael), Milton Tsosie (Daisy), Theresa Tsosie-Robledo (Joe), Verna Tossie, Alvin Tsosie and Jennfier Tourangeau (Will); and 18 nieces and eight nephews.
Donald is preceded in death by his parents, Venita and Kenneth Tsosie; maternal grandparents, Inez and Sam Joe Begay; and paternal grandparents, Hasbah and Zah Tsosie.
Pallbearers were Milton Tsosie, Shawn Allison, Alex Charley, Damien Charley, Alonzo Lasiloo and Wyatt Robledo.
Honorary pallbearers were Alvin Tsosie, Michael Allison, Herbert Platero, Joe Robledo, Will Tourangeau and Bruce Zah.
Donald’s family expresses their gratitude (Ahe’hee) to family, friends, churches and community members who assisted the Tsosie family.
Desert View Funeral Home of Shiprock was in charge of arrangements.
Harvey Jim Jr.
TOHATCHI, N.M. — Funeral services for Harvey Jim Jr., 51, will be held today, March 7, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tohatchi, New Mexico. Burial will follow at the Lone Pine Cemetery in Mexican Springs, New Mexico.
Harvey was born Dec. 30, 1967, in Gallup, into the Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle Clan), born for Naaneesht’ézhi Táchii’nii (The Charcoal Streaked Division of the Red Running Into the Water Clan). He passed away March 3, 2019, in Mexican Springs.
Harvey attended Tohatchi High School, Eastern New Mexico University and the University of New Mexico. He was employed with Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, City of Gallup and Indian Health Service.
Harvey is survived by his wife, Marion Kelley-Jim; sons, Harvey Logan Jim III, Kornell Jim and Montana Morris; daughters, Chasity Jim and Tatum Jim; brother, Darrell Jim; and sisters, Beverly Jim and Barbara Jim-Tabaha.
Harvey is preceded in death by his parents, Emma and Harvey Jim Sr.
Pallbearers will be Harvey Logan Jim III, Clayton Jim, Elderick Morris, Derrick Morris, CJ Carl and Jared Barney.
Thomas E. Joe
HOUCK, Ariz. — Funeral services for Thomas E. Joe, 69, of Houck, Arizona, were held March 6 at the Good News Church in Houck, with Pastor Eugene officiating. Interment followed at the Joe family plot.
Thomas was born Oct. 16, 1949, in Rehoboth, New Mexico, into the Honágháahnii (One-walks-around Clan), born for Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House Clan). He passed away Feb. 28, 2019, in Sanders, Arizona.
Thomas attended Del Norte High School in Albuquerque, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Thomas is survived by his son, Shelby Joe; and daughters, Natasha Topaha and Thomasita Joe.
Pallbearers were Nathaniel Livingston, Rueben Garcia, Harold Brendon, Irvin Benally, Chris Ray Smith and Michael Ray Smith.
Honorary pallbearers were Donald Francisco, Shelby Joe, Lorenzo Curley, Kellan Ray Smith, Apollo Ray Smith and Jimmie Curley.
Summit Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.