WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - A press release from the Navajo Nation Office of the Speaker announced that former Navajo Council Delegate Alfred E. Halona died June 3 in St. Michaels.
Halona served on the Navajo Nation Council as the delegate for the St. Michaels Chapter from 1991 to 1995 and also served on the Education Committee.
Halona's clans were Ashííhii (Salt Clan) born for Tó'áhaní (Near the Water People clan). He was born in Tohatchi, N.M. on March 25, 1918. He lived in St. Michaels for most of his life.
Halona attended the Fort Wingate School and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. He was honorably discharged in November 1945. He served as St. Michaels Chapter president from May 21, 1967 to Oct. 9, 1979 and was also Chapter Vice-President.
Halona worked at The Pittsburg and Midway Coal Mining Co. for 28 years as a dragline operator until his retirement in 1990.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Katherine; his daughters Gloria Ross, Karen Halona and Sharon Holland; and sons Vernon Halona and Ronald Halona. He also has 16 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held June 7 at Rollie Mortuary in Gallup, N.M.