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Obituaries for May 30, 2019

Johnnie Howe


Johnnie Howe

GALLUP — Funeral services for Johnnie Howe, 78, will be held Friday, May 31, at 10 a.m. at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup. Burial will follow at the family plot in Rock Springs, New Mexico.

Johnnie was born Nov. 8, 1940, in Rock Springs, into the Mountain Recess People Clan, born for Naakai dine’é (Mexican Clan). He passed away May 23, 2019, in Grants, New Mexico.

Johnnie attended Intermountain Indian School and worked for Rock Springs Ranch, Kerr McGee Mine, Durango Mine Shaft, Mollerup Glass Company and was former Rock Springs Chapter vice president.

Johnnie is survived by his wife, Mary Howe; children, Leslie Jones, Jackerson Howe, Marilyn Boyd, Jefferson Howe, Joann Howe and Jackson Howe; brothers, Frank Howe and Thomas James Ray; and sisters, Clara Lee, Ella Mae Watson and Fannie Peterson.

Johnnie is preceded in death by his father, Billy Howe; mother, Ruth Watson; and brother, David Howe.

Pallbearers will be Jake Howe, Dominique Howe, Art Jones, Relando Howe, Jefferson Howe, Jacobe Boyd, Myron Boyd and Dale Anderson Jr.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Sen. John Pinto

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New Mexico Sen. John Pinto

Sen. John Pinto was born Dec. 15, 1924, in Lupton, Arizona, to Jim and Ellen Pinto. He was the oldest of seven children.

Sen. Pinto entered school at the age of 12 and graduated from high school in Torrance, California. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was trained as a Navajo Code Talker. He was honorably discharged at age 21. Sen. Pinto began working for the Department of Social Services where he met his wife, Joanne Dennison Pinto. They had four children together, Flora, Cecil, Galen and Karen.

Sen. Pinto returned to school at the age of 35 to receive his bachelor’s degree in elementary education. He then continued on to earn a master’s degree.

Sen. Pinto was elected McKinley County commissioner at age 46. In 1977, at age 52, he was elected to his first term as a New Mexico state senator where he served for over 40 years until his passing.

When not in session he continued to work for the Navajo Nation Department of Transportation.

On May 17, 2019, at age 94, he received an honorary doctorate of public service from Navajo Technical University.

Sen. Pinto dedicated his life to serving his people and his family. He was a dedicated public servant and a strong advocate for issues affecting Native Americans. He was truly a people’s champion.

Sen. Pinto was a source of great pride for his family and his people. What his family treasured most was the love and wisdom he shared. He maintained a clear division between who he was as a senator and his responsibilities as a husband, father and grandfather. To each and everyone he gave his utmost.

“My philosophy is to be happy, to meet people, to love people, all the races, because they all need help. They all need good water to drink, good food to eat, a good warm place to stay and they need good jobs. That’s the basic needs.” — Sen. John Pinto

Jay Logg

ST. MICHAELS, Ariz. — Funeral services for Jay Logg, 62, of Klagetoh, Arizona, will be held Friday, May 31, at 10 a.m. at the St. Michaels Mission in St. Michaels, Arizona, with Father Jose Gutay officiating. Burial will follow in Klagetoh.

Jay was born Feb. 3, 1957, in Rehoboth, New Mexico, into the Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for Ma’ii deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass-Jemez Clan). He passed away May 25, 2019, in Flagstaff.

Jay graduated from Window Rock High School and was currently a student at Northland Pioneer College. He was employed as an ironworker with International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers AFL-CIO Local Union 75.

Jay was founder and president of Oak Ridge Eight Second Thunder Bull Riding. He was the Arizona State High School Bull Riding Champion in 1976 and won numerous buckles and awards for bull riding. Jay also played basketball for the Window Rock Scouts and was a certified official for the High School Basketball Association.

Jay is survived by his wife, Freida John; sons, Jason, Jerrod, Jerrel, Aaron, Jacob and Nick; daughters, Jaselynn, Raquel and Nicole; brothers, Melvin Logg and Rick Logg; sisters, Arlene Logg and Ronalda Logg; maternal grandparents, Yilthdageebah Begay and Peshlakai Begay; and paternal grandparents, Mary Sage and Mike Logg.

Jay is preceded in death by his parents, Ark S. Logg and Rosalind Peshlakai Logg; Patricia Logg, Rosalinda Logg and Rochelle Descheeny.

Pallbearers will be Larry King, Hank Brown, Jerrel Logg and Dugan Descheeny. Honorary pallbearers will be Melvin Logg, Ernie Roan, Marty Logg, Lester Benward, Lyle Logg, Kyle Descheeny, Robert P. Roan and Calgary Mason.

A reception will take place at the Klagetoh Chapter House, following services.

Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Duane Lee Morris

REHOBOTH, N.M. — Funeral services for Duane Lee Morris, 36, will be held Friday, May 31, at 10 a.m. at the Rehoboth Christian Reformed Church in Rehoboth, New Mexico. Burial will follow at the Rehoboth cemetery.

Duane was born Jan. 29, 1983, in Gallup, into the Tl’ógí (Hairy Ones Clan), born for Tó’aheedlíinii (Water Flow Together Clan). His nali is Kiyaa’áanii (Towering House); chei is Táchii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People).

He passed away May 25, 2019, in Jamestown, New Mexico. Duane graduated from Rehoboth Christian High School in 2001 and received an associate’s degree in animal science from New Mexico State University. He was employed at Home Depot and enjoyed ranch work and spending time with his family.

Duane is survived by his parents, Leonard and Charlene Morris; and siblings, Michael Morris, Simone Morris, Gregory Morris and Shania Morris. Duane is preceded in death by Nora Boyd, Leo Morris, Darrell Morris, Edmund Morris and Jayson Morris. Pallbearers will be Michael Morris, Gregory Morris, Leonard Owens Jr., Eldred Nez, Joseph Morris and Virgil Chavez.

Herbert Morgan Jr.

GALLUP — Funeral services for Herbert Morgan Jr., 74, will be held Friday, May 31, at 2 p.m. at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup. Burial will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on Friday, June 7, at 11 a.m.

Herbert was born Dec. 6, 1944, in Gallup, into the Dibélzhíní (Black Sheep Clan), born for Tábaahá (Water’s Edge Clan). His nali is Bilagaana; chei is Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water). He passed away May 23, 2019, in Grants, New Mexico.

Herbert graduated from Gallup High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army, receiving the National Defense Service Medal and Sharpshooter M-14 medals. Herbert was an avid chess and card player. He was an excellent sandcasting silversmith, rancher and dedicated family member.

Herbert is survived by his brothers, Herbert Morgan and Henry Morgan.

Honorary pallbearers will be Henry Morgan, Kee Morgan, Mathew Morgan, Jerald Begay, Jacob Morgan, Justin Morgan, Richard Morgan, Julius Morgan, Deswood Tome, Robert Chee, Joe Ike Jr., Darrel Bennett, Mike Bennett, Darrell Dotson and Thomas Morgan Jr. Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Everett Yazzie

CRYSTAL, N.M. — Funeral services for Everett Yazzie, 84, of Crystal and Naschitti, New Mexico, were held May 29 at the LDS Church in Crystal, with Lafe Damon officiating. Interment followed at the family plot in Crystal.

Everett was born March 15, 1935, in Crystal, into the Tábaahá (Water’s Edge Clan), born for Honágháahnii (One-walks-around Clan). He passed away May 24, 2019, in Fort Defiance.

Everett attended Sherman Institute and worked as a carpenter in San Jose, California, retiring from the BIA Facility Maintenance. He was also a self-employed plumber and rancher.

Everett enjoyed taking care of his animals, participating in family ceremonies and helping the community. Everett is survived by his wife, Agnes Yazzie; sons, David Yazzie and Walter Yazzie; daughters, Sandra Yazzie and Rita Adair; and 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Everett is preceded in death by his parents, Margrett Begay and Monahan Yazzie.

Pallbearers were Jon Jaquez, Kaleb Morgan, Kyle Yazzie, Kevin Yazzie, Sam Graymountain, Monahan Graymountain, Lamoni Graymountain and Miles Graymountain.

Honorary pallbearers were Ross Begay Jr., John Begay, Michael Begay, Micheal L. Smith Jr. and Chris Begay.

Summit Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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