WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Honorable Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan sent his condolences to the family of former Navajo Nation Council Delegate Wallace D. Davis on behalf of the Navajo Nation.
Davis passed away on June 15, 2009 at the age of 69 in Zuni Pueblo. He was born Feb. 6, 1940, in Burnham, N.M. into the Nóóda'i Dine'é clan (Ute People) and born for the Tódích'íi'nii clan (Bitter Water People).
Davis was the former Council Delegate for the Burnham Chapter from 1979 to 1987, and again from 1992 to 2002 representing the Upper Fruitland Chapter. He graduated from Navajo Methodist Mission High School and later from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.
Davis' leadership was recognized and respected by tribal leaders.
"I was saddened to hear of the passing of Wallace D. Davis," Speaker Morgan said. "I express my deepest condolences to the family on behalf of the Navajo Nation."
"His service as a Navajo Nation Council Delegate will be remembered by his many contributions and by his leadership - his guidance helped to preserve our way of life for the benefit of generations to come," he added.
"The family of Davis was truly fortunate to have had such a noble person in their lives, a gentleman who played a significant role in our Navajo history and who gave so much to his Navajo people," he said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."
He is survived by his sons, Waldo Eric Davis, Gilbert Sanchez Jr., his daughter Diana Ruth Davis, his mother Nellie Davis, his brother Albert Davis and his sisters Geneva Davis, Joanna Silversmith, Lynda Davis and Luci Davis.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Luvena Lasiloo Davis and his father, David Davis.
Funeral services were held June 18, 2009 at the Ryder Memorial Chapel in Farmington, N.M.