Jefferson Joe Jr., 16, left us on July 8, 2013, near Yellow Rock Point, Utah. He was blessed/born into our family on Sept. 9, 1996, to Karlena Lee Begay and Jefferson Joe Sr. in Shiprock. His clan is Red Running into the Water (Oozei Tachii'nii).
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Jefferson is survived by parents, Karlena Lee Begay and Jefferson Joe Sr.; maternal grandparents, Marilyn Slim and Larry Lee Begay, who he loved so much; aunties, Matilda Yazzie, Charlene Slim and Charlotte Slim; uncles, Ronald Yazzie, Watson Slim, Wilton Slim and Felix Yazzie. He also leaves behind numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Jefferson lived a life of preparation and was always prepared for any obstacles that lay ahead of him. He was a loving and giving person with a big heart that he shared with everyone who he met. Jefferson was the eighth-grade salutatorian and was in the running for valedictorian his senior year. Jefferson was the 2012-2013 Navajo Preparatory At'sa hastiin. Jefferson had plans on pursuing a law degree from Yale, Stanford or Harvard to help his Diné people. This year's senior class at Navajo Preparatory School and Red Mesa High School will truly miss Jefferson's enthusiastic and giving heart to help his peers in tough and good times.
Jefferson was preceded in death by great paternal grandmother, Lousie Claw; auntie, Marita Yazzie, and cousin brother, Deno Beyale.
Jefferson attended Red Mesa Elementary, Red Mesa Jr. High (salutatorian), Red Mesa High School (ninth grade) and Navajo Preparatory School (10th to present). This coming year was going to be Jefferson's senior year at Navajo Prep.
Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, at Desert View Funeral Chapel.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. on Friday, July 12, at Word of Life Christian Center, 1500 N. Fairview Ave. in Farmington. Dress attire is black and turquoise.
Interment will be in Memory Gardens, 6917 E. Main St. in Farmington.
Reception will follow in the cafeteria at Navajo Prep.
Pallbearers are Watson Slim Jr., Wilton Slim, Buu Van Nygren, Malcolm Martinez, Red Denetso, Cedric Wyaco, Derrell Yazzie and Jerry Lane.
Jefferson is in the care of Desert View Funeral Home, North U.S. Highway 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 July 10 to July 27, 2013