Leroy A. Tsinajinnie

Leroy A. Tsinajinnie 59, died Wednesday Aug. 10, 2005 at Flagstaff Medical Center.

He was born July 7, 1946 in Winslow, Ariz. to Alva and Charity Tsinajinnie.

Leroy married Stella on Jan. 31, 1967 in Oakland, Calif.

He graduated from Flagstaff High School in 1966, attended Northern Arizona University and graduated in 1977 with a bachelor's of science degree in elementary education. His graduate studies were done at the University of New Mexico for educational administration.

Leroy served as a police officer and did work with the US Marshall's Office. He taught Navajo Language, government and economics at Rock Point Community High School. He has recorded with his daughter on the Canyon Records Label.

His hobbies included singing, leather craft, auto mechanics and calligraphy.

Leroy strongly advocated for indigenous cultural education to produce assertive native youth.

He has lived in Leupp, Ariz., Flagstaff, Oakland, CA, Nazlini, Ariz., Rock Point, AZ and Kayenta, Ariz.,

Leroy is survived by his wife; Stella M. Tsinajinnie, son; Derrick L. Tsinajinnie, daughters; Delphine Tsinajinnie and Vangie Tsinajinnie, brother; Leo Tsinajinnie, sisters; Victoria Tsinajinnie, Maxine Tsinajinnie and Susie Desheenie.

He is preceded in death by his parents Alva and Charity Tsinajinnie.

Services were held Saturday, Aug. 13 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 4165 Lake Mary Road, Flagstaff, AZ. Internment was at Citizens Cemetery immediately following.

Arrangements were handled by Flagstaff Mortuary.

Please send condolences to the family at http://www.flagstaffmortuary.com.

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