Stanson D. Yazzie, age 47, went home to be with our Lord on April 30, 2012.
Celebration of his life was held Friday, May 4, at 11 a.m. at Eternal Hills Chapel followed by a gravesite committal and also a reception at Ross Ragland Cultural Center at 2 p.m.
Stanson was born in Gallup, N.M., on May 11, 1964, to Celia and Kee Yazzie and was the youngest of eight children born into the Red Running into Water born for Bitter Water Clan.
He grew up on his Navajo Reservation, where he was surrounded by the beauty of his ancestral lands and developed his love of running. He would go on to be the team captain for his high school cross country team.
After graduation from Gallup High School, Stanson went on to Kansas to attend Haskell Indian College. While attending Haskell, he met the love of his life, Eshoni Segoviano. He and Eshoni were married on June 9, 1984, and made Klamath Falls their home for the next 28 years. They were blessed with three children Billy, Anthony, and Lela as well as an honorary son, Byron Weeks.
After raising their children, they were then blessed with another son Eric, who brought a child’s laughter back into their home.
Stanson served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He loved his role as Chei (grandfather) to Payton Lynn Marie Grant, Rylan Richard Yazzie, Mason Weston Yazzie and Briseis Ray Gentry. He was a much-loved uncle to his nieces and nephews and a father figure to many, including several foster children. He served as a role model to many youth and led by example how to be a good husband, father and friend.
One of the greatest passions, which Stanson developed early in his life, was a love of running. He was an avid runner, well respected by many in the running community. He always pushed himself to give the best performance he could and enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow runners. He shared his passion with many young people.
He was blessed with a creative vision, which led to his talent of making the most beautiful Native American Regalias. He was known throughout the powwow community as “the Roachman” and was known nationally for his gift of creating porcupine roaches. He was well known in the powwow circuit for not only his talents and wisdom, but more so for his sense of humor, laughter and his big smile. He traveled extensively with his family as well as on foreign lands, sharing the Native American culture.
Stanson is survived by his wife Eshoni Yazzie; his children Stanson “Billy” Yazzie (Alisha) of Salem, Ore., and Anthony, Lela, and Eric of Klamath Falls; his mother Celia Arviso; brothers and sisters-in-law Kee and Delores Yazzie and James and Josie Yazzie; sisters and brother-in-law: Cecelia Jean Yazzie, Mamie Yazzie and Nancy and Robert Dodson, all of New Mexico; and numerous family, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father Kee Yazzie Sr. and sisters Sandra and Vivanita Yazzie.
In respect to the Navajo Indian tradition, the family request that friends do not wear any red clothing or send any flowers.