Memorial procession for Navajo lawmaker traverses state | KOB 4

Memorial procession for Navajo lawmaker traverses state

The Associated Press & KOB
May 29, 2019 05:20 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. - A procession in honor of deceased state Sen. John Pinto traveled from Gallup to the state Capitol to honor the former Navajo Code Talker and politician.


The procession included State Police and the Navajo and Hopi Honor Riders motorcycle group. They accompanied Pinto's casket through the communities of Shiprock, Farmington, Bloomfield, Cuba, Bernalillo and Santa Fe.

"I shed my tears for him, because I don't know if there is going to be another person like him, with the compassion he had for the people and the whole State of New Mexico," said Anita Hayes, a resident of Shiprock.

Afternoon memorial services took place in the Statehouse rotunda, where Pinto was praised. 

“John Pinto was beloved," said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. "He made a difference every single day in the lives of people that he touched."

A funeral will take place on Thursday.

Pinto died on Friday at age 94 after setting a record for serving 42 years in the state Senate.

Potential successors to Pinto in the Senate will be nominated by the McKinley and San Juan county commissions.

Gov. Lujan Grisham makes the final appointment. 


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