Willie NATANI Begay, Sr.
January 15, 1929 ~ October 12, 2014
Viewing: Thursday , October 16, 2014, from 9:00 to 9:40 a.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, UT
Funeral service: Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, UT
Interment: Brigham City Cemetery
BRIGHAM CITY - In loving remembrance of Willie NATANI Begay, Sr. who went forth on his journey, Sunday, October 12, 2014. A longtime resident of Brigham City, Utah. He was born in Toadlena, New Mexico January 15, 1929 to Sarah Sherman and John Natani. Willie's education was at Toadlena Boarding School in Toadlena, N.M. and Albuquerque Indian School, Albuquerque, N.M. He was an accomplished long distance runner in high school and held many New Mexico State Records. He was offered a scholarship to go to Georgetown University. Willie was a Corporal First Class US Army during the Korean Conflict. He continued his education with training courses at the University of Utah to become an Alcohol and Drug counselor. Willie held employment at the Grand Canyon National Park, Union Pacific Railroad, Clearfield Job Corp Center and Intermountain Indian School for 31 years. Willie enjoyed sharing his culture with Boy Scouts and being a coach for Intermountain Recreation, where he started the Blue Feather Indian Club. Willie dedicated the ground for the Ogden Nature Center in Ogden, Utah. He was a founder of the Native American Church A'shii-Be-To' of Salt Lake City, Utah. Willie had a love for singing and drumming his Navajo songs and religion. He had a passion for pow wows, participating in Veterans Honor Color Guard, and performing song and dance. He loved working with young people and continued his traditional Navajo ways with Hozho early morning prayers. He loved to joke, laugh and reminisce with his family, friends and Intermountain Students. Willie is survived by his children: Loretta Begay, Brigham City; Willie (Alvina) Natani Begay Jr., Vancouver, WA; Virgil (Selena) Natani, Brigham City; Gerald Begay, Brigham City; Marcella (Larry) Reitbauer, Brigham City; 11 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and one sister, Annie Mae (Bowen) Begay, Toadlena, N.M. and one brother, John (Grace) Begay, Jr., Toadlena, N.M. Family adopted children: Herbert (Bertha) Begay, Grantsville; Glenn (Lena) Begay, Mexican Water; Joe Yazzie (Sun) Toddy, Colorado Springs, CO; Elizabeth Marshall, Shiprock, N.M.; Lucy Morris Family, Naschitti, N.M. He was preceded in death by his wife, Harriet Willeto Begay; brothers, Dana Begay, Felix Begay, Leo Natani, Richard Begay, Sr. and one sister, Mae Harris and one great granddaughter, Asia Cutfinger Natani. The family would like to extend our thanks to Gillies Funeral Chapel, Caregiver's Support, Meals on Wheels, Salt Lake City Veterans Hospital, Willow Glen Health and Rehab, Brigham City LDS 2nd Ward, Main Street Church, Native American Church of North America, Native American Trading Post, Dru/Leslie Drury and Utah Intertribal Veterans Association and to all who have provided support and donations to the family. Funeral service will be held Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, UT. Viewing will be held on Thursday from 9:00 to 9:40 a.m. at the funeral chapel. Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by Utah Intertribal Veterans Association.
To the Family.
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Mr Begay, didn't get the honor to meet him but I got a good profile of him thanks to Loretta, and always send him my greetings. May creator give confort to your hearts and gives you the strength in this moment.may god bless you all. Journey well cheii.
Freedy Alvarado and family
The Creator of all heaven and earth is aware of the pain you are feeing right now. That's why He has made this promise in Isaiah 25:8. It is impossible for Him to lie so this promise will come true.
My condolences to my cousins. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Dear Loretta and family,
On behalf of the Ogden Nature Center, I want to express my condolences for the passing of your father. Many people over the years told me he made a deep and lasting impression on them when he dedicated the land here at the Ogden Nature Center. He is still remembered warmly in our hearts. I really enjoyed reading about his life. He was an amazing man, and a good example for us all. I hope you will consider visiting the Ogden Nature Center as my guest, and allow me to show you around.
With best regards,
Ogden Nature Center
Gerald and Family,
M my deepest condolences our with you and you're family at this time, God Bless you all.
Sheila Conaway Wakley
To Willie and Alvina,
Our sympathies go out to you and your family for the loÃŸs of your Dad. May you have peacein your heart at his passing.
Jeff and Julie Dahl