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Louis Wilbur Clah

October 29, 1932 — September 17, 2022

Farmington, New Mexico



  • Louis W. Clah, 89, a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps, passed
    away peacefully, at Crane’s Roost Care Home, at Aztec, New Mexico on
    September 17, 2022.
    Louis was known by the family as “Louie.” He was a quiet, private man who left
    opinions to himself and came across naturally silent because he was often
    overshadowed by his louder, strong-willed siblings. Louie often referred to himself
    and his brother Willie as the “quiet ones” of the family.
    Louie was born in Shiprock, New Mexico on October 29, 1932, and was raised in
    the farming area of the Shiprock community. He was second to the last of his six
    siblings. His parents and siblings preceded him in death. He was Kin lichii’ni,
    born for Hushk’aa hadzohi. His maternal clan was Hashtl’ishnii and his paternal
    clan was Bit’ahnii.
    He was the son of Deshna Clahchischilliage, second Chairman of the Navajo
    Nation, from Teecnospos, Arizona and Evelyn Yazzie from Two Grey Hills, New
    Mexico. Louie is survived by his daughter, Malvina Clah. He is also survived by
    nieces and nephews and numerous maternal and paternal relatives.
    Louie referenced his early years saying, “I was more a farmer than a sheep herder.”
    Louie and his siblings helped run the farm at Shiprock, alongside William and
    Hanna Howard, who he called his second parents. Louie and his sister Ruth were
    under the care of their sister Hanna while their parents attended to Navajo
    government business. He often said he learned to listen and be still from them.
    Following the educational path of his siblings and cousins, Louie, attended 12
    years of school at Navajo Methodist Mission School in Farmington, New Mexico.
    He played basketball and football and excelled in track and baseball. He graduated
    from the Mission in 1953.
    One year after his high school graduation he followed the military path of his
    brother and cousins by enlisting into the United States Marine Corp on October 5,
    1954, at Camp Pendleton, California. He served four years and then transferred to
    the 12th Marine Corps Reserve and Recruitment District on September 18, 1958.
    As a reserve at Utah State University, Logan, Utah, he was a Drill Instructor up to
  • the time he graduated four years later. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant
    on October 4, 1962.
    Eight months later, in June, 1963, he was hired by the state of New Mexico. He
    was employed by the Employment Department within the NM Department of
    Labor. He worked at three worksites; Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Farmington. In
    1993 he retired from the Farmington Employment Office.
    In retirement, he enjoyed watching war movies, westerns and documentaries.
    When hit with cabin fever he and his daughter would make day trips to
    surrounding towns or visit relatives. He frequently ate at restaurants like Chef
    Bernie’s, Pancake Alley, Village Inn and other places long gone.
    Malvina and family thank all who extended prayers and condolences.
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Thursday, September 29, 2022

8:30 - 10:00 am (Mountain time)

Desert View Funeral Home

N. US Hwy 491, Shiprock, NM 87420

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

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Farmington, NM 87402

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