Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Sat, Sept. 19


Gracie Arianna Romero

Mass of the Angels for Gracie Arianna Romero was held on Thursday, August 2, 2001, at Madre de Dios Catholic Church. Celebrant Father Dan Hussey. Interment will be in Desert View Cemetery.

Survivors include: father, Alejandro Ray Romero, mother, Veronica Michelle Gomez, both of Winslow, Ariz; grandparents, Alex and Theresa Salazar of Winslow; great-grandmother, Josephine Salazar of Winslow; grandparents, Richard and Rena Romero of Winslow; grandmother, Viola Gomez of Winslow; grandmother Maria Limonas of Winslow and great-grandfather, Nestor Aragon of Winslow. Numerous Aunts and Uncles.

Arrangements are under the direction of Greer’s Scott Mortuary of Winslow.

Jonathan Yellowhorse

Graveside services for Jonathan Yellowhorse, 36, was held on July 31, 2001, in the Polacca Cemetery. Jonathan Yellowhorse passed away on July 29, 2001, in Phoenix, Ariz. He was born on January 29, 1965, in Keams Canyon, Ariz.

His survivors include; stepfather, Tom Shepherd and mother, Mary Ruth Shepherd, both of Phoenix, Ariz; daughters, Amber Lomayestewa, Shelby Yellowhorse and Josette Yellowhorse, all of Second Mesa; sons, Jamel Yellowhorse and Christopher Lomayestewa, both of Second Mesa; brothers, Nathanal Yellowhorse and Charles Shepherd, both of Phoenix; sister, Lendra Shepherd of Phoenix; Grandma, Mattie Yellowhorse, Aunt Lillian Tsosie, both of Wide Ruins; Norma Jean Tsosie of Wide Ruins, Tonita Yellowhorse of Wide Ruins and Arlene Baldwin of Kansas.

Arrangements are under the direction of Greer’s Scott Mortuary of Winslow.

Gordon Goodwin Pond

Renowned Artist Gordon Goodwin Pond, 81, passed away on July 13, 2001, at his home in Winslow. Mr. Pond was born on June 16, 1920, in Santa Ana, California to Chauncey and Huel Pond. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, and worked with the U.S. Merchant marine in the South Pacific, in 1944 worked for the Atomic Energy Commission, in Oakridge, Tennessee, and also worked the logging industry, boat building, and museum work.

Growing up along the coast in Southern California, Gordon began his art education at Chouinard Art Institute, later attending Art Center College of Design and Pepperdine University. After earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s in art education from California State University at Long Beach, he taught art at Compton Community College for 22 years, and pursued a special interest in archeology. While in California, he worked for Walt Disney and assisted in creation of the cartoon Charter “Bosco.” Summer vacations and holidays were spent in remote parts of Arizona and New Mexico where he worked on archaeological digs.

It was in the enchanting land of the Southwest that Gordon was inspired and it is there that he moved in the ‘70s, setting up his studio in Winslow and painted full time. He spent time in Prescott Valley, lived in Hendersonville, North Carolina for a while, and then moved back to Winslow. He was active and supported the arts everywhere he lived.

The Santa Fe Western Art Collection in Chicago, the Petrified Forest National Park, The Valley National Bank of Arizona, the U.S. Postal Service in Phoenix, and many private businesses and individual collectors have purchased Gordon’s work.

In addition to having written two textbooks on art and several magazine articles on archaeology, his work has been included in “American Artists of Renown, Southwest Art” and “Contemporary Western Artists.” He won the George Phippen Memorial Art Award in 1984. He designed covers for True West and Wild West magazines.

In 2000, the State of Arizona paid tribute to Senator McFarland for being the Father of the G.I. Bill of Rights during World War II by erecting a Memorial in his honor at the Civic Center. Gordon was asked to give his meaning of the G.I. Bill of Rights and the result is part of the Memorial.

He is survived by his brother, James I. and Phyllis L. Pond, of Chester, Virginia; niece, Doreen Sharp of Humbolt, Ariz., along with several other nieces and nephews.

There will be no services; interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gordon G. Pond Art Scholarship Fund, administered by the El Zaribah Shriners at Community First Bank, Winslow, Ariz. The Scholarship will be given to an art student at Winslow High School.

Norvel Owens Mortuary is directing arrangements.

Manuel DeMiguel

Manuel DeMiguel, 74, passed away July 31, 2001. DeMiguel was born January 24, 1927, in Glendale, Ariz.

He spent most of his life in Flagstaff. After graduating from Flagstaff High School, he enlisted in the Marines. Due to an accident before reporting to the service he was unable to serve his country as a Marine. He then enrolled at NAU where he met and married his wife Annie of 52 years. After he received his bachelor’s degree in 1950 from NAU, he began teaching at South Beaver School and later taught at Emerson Elementary. He then became assistant principal of W.F. Killip Elementary and then the principal. This made him the first Spanish-speaking principal of a FUSD school. He received his Masters from NAU and was an assistant superintendent for support services with the FUSD. In 1989, DeMiguel Elementary School was opened and named in his honor.

Besides his role in local education, he also served on the Flagstaff City Council, Parks and Recreation Commission, the Salvation Army, Kiwanis Club, Elks Club, Sunshine Rescue Mission, Raymond Foundation and the Boy Scouts. The Citizen of the Year Award in 1984 marked the beginning of many deserved honors he received, NAU’s distinguished Citizen of the Year Award 1987, Hispanic Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award, Flagstaff High School Hall of Fame, and 1985 Grand Marshall of the Pine Country Rodeo Parade.

Survivors include his wife Annie DeMiguel of Flagstaff; daughters Yvonne (Steve) Greer of Winslow, Lyndella (Stephen) Bauchman of Las Vegas, Nev., Anita (John) Lacy of Scottsdale; son Manuel (Karen) DeMiguel Jr. of Phoenix; brother Phillip DeMiguel of Flagstaff; sister Frances Nito of Fulerton, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Luis and Francisca DeMiguel; brothers Julian DeMiguel, and Luis DeMiguel.

Rosary and Vigil services were held Friday, August 3, 2001, at St. Pius X Center. Funeral Mass was held Saturday, August 4, 2001, also at St. Pius X Center. Burial followed at the Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Manuel DeMiguel Scholarship Fund #1379, c/0 NAU Foundation, P.O. Box 4094, Flagstaff, AZ, 86011-4094.

The Norvel Owens Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Report a Typo Contact
Most Read
Event Calendar
Event Calendar link
Submit Event