SACATON — Lloyd Notah Jr., 74, died on July 31, 2022.
Mr. Notah was born on Aug. 28, 1947, in Fort Defiance and was a son of Lloyd Notah Sr. and Louise T. Osife (Notah). In his youth he enjoyed playing sports, hunting, camping, and playing practical jokes on his siblings. He had a sense of humor and enjoyed playing music. He played lead guitar, and he and his sister and brothers formed a band, with the names of Impressions, Status Quo, and Patent Soul Blues Band, that played at local venues and tribal fairs. He loved listening to music of the 1950s era, especially doo-wop. He also loved to read and was a skilled writer. He enjoyed conducting research in whatever topic interested him and sharing his knowledge with anyone who would lend an ear.
He was a proud veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked for the Gila River Indian Community and was skilled in developing policies and evaluating processes and organizational structures. He was knowledgeable about governmental operations and was experienced in community planning and economic development. He was very passionate about his work and strived to assist wherever he could for the betterment of community growth.
He loved his family and contributed to all of them in many ways. He loved them unconditionally and was a man of great faith in God. He enjoyed his pets, Cinnabon and Penelope.
Survivors include a son and daughter, Benjamin and Tracene Notah; a niece he raised, Amber Martinez; four siblings, Gloria Notah, Rebecca Rowe, Sandi Notah and Tina Notah-Enas; nieces and nephews; and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rhonda; three siblings, William Notah Sr., Richard and James Notah; and a nephew and niece, William Notah Jr. and Anissa Notah.