TWO GREY HILLS
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Thomas Michael Denetclarence
April 1, 1961-Dec. 25, 2012
Thomas Michael Denetclarence, 51, of Two Grey Hills, passed from this life on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 in Shiprock. He was born on April 1, 1961 in Shiprock and was raised in Two Grey Hills. Thomas was Honaghaanii born for Shush Dine'e and Tlaashchi'i dabichei.
He is survived by Madeline Lee, daughter, La Kesisha, Mikayla and Tasha Denetclarence; sons, Raishawn and Joshawn, Jordon and Thomas Denetclarence Jr., Joshua Tsosie; sister, Bernadette Denetclarence (Calvin Tyler); cousins, Michael Benson, Glojean Todacheene (Lonnie Todacheene) and nieces, Lori Todacheene (Nate Begay) and Loya Henderson (Eddie Sandefer); nephews, Lemmert Todacheene, Cordell Tyler, Aaron Tyler; uncle, Leonard Denetclarence and ten grandchildren.
Thomas was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Jane Denetclarence; father Thomas Smith; brother, Irwin Denetclarence; grandparents, Ethel and Denetclarence; uncles, Peter, Jimmy and Benson Denetclarence; aunt, Nellie Francis Benson and cousin, Elva Rose Benson.
Thomas made his living by arts, crafts and auto-mechanics. He looked after his uncles and worked as an oil field laborer. He attended Newcomb Elementary, Shiprock Junior High and Teec Nos Pos Boarding School. He enjoyed slot machines especially winning.
Thomas was always friendly and charming, appreciating the Navajo clan system.
A private burial will be 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, in Two Grey Hills family site.
After burial, a memorial and reception will be 12 p.m. at Two Grey Hills Chapter House.
Cards of condolences and donations maybe sent to c/o PO Box 1000, Waterflow, NM 87421.
Thomas is in the care of Desert View Funeral Home, North US Hwy 491, in Shiprock 505-368-4607.
Desert View Funeral Home of Shiprock
North U.S. Highway 491 Shiprock, NM 87420
Published in Farmington Daily Times from Dec. 28, 2012 to Jan. 4, 2013