Raymond Chester Etcitty, known to friends as "Ray," passed away on November 10, 2017, at the age of 78 years.

Born in Beclabito, New Mexico but raised in Belmont/Flagstaff, Arizona.  Ray attended HS at Navajo Mission in Farmington, New Mexico, graduated from (Arizona State College) Northern Arizona University, with a degree in Industrial Arts, then earned his Master’s degree in Education from Arizona State University, and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico.

Ray then spent his career serving the Navajo people as a Vocational Educator, Sports Writer for the Gallup Independent, and Tribal Administrator with the Navajo Nation Government, before retiring from the Zuni School District in 2006.

He honorably served in the Navy U.S Submarine Service from September 10, 1957 to January 30,1962, aboard the USS Sennet (SS-408).

Ray loved spending time with family, and enjoyed writing, reading and watching sporting events (NY Yankees, Washington Redskins, Boxing, and PBR)

Ray is the son of Chester & Lula Nez and Neilwood & Fern Etcitty.  He is survived by Lorraine V. Etcitty, sons; Raymond C. Etcitty, Jr., Ronnye Sean Etcitty, Lance Neil Etcitty, Lorrance Reigh Etcitty, and daughters; Tiayrra Fern Etcitty Rainee Fawn Etcitty, and grandchildren; Hannah; Riley, Raeuna, Veruca, Maxime and Lorrance Colle.

The memorial service will be held at 9:30 am, on Wednesday, November 15, at the Flagstaff Indian Bible Church, 10 West Cherry Ave, Flagstaff, Arizona, with burial following at the Citizens Cemetery (Veterans plot).

A Celebration of Ray’ s life will be held after the burial at 12:30pm at the American Legion Post, 204 W. Birch Avenue, Flagstaff, Arizona.

Pallbearers: Raymond C. Etcitty, Jr., Ronnye Etcitty, Lance Etcitty, Lorrance Etcitty, Mike Devlin, Clint Pete, and Denny James

Memorial donations in memory of Raymond Etcitty can be made to the family.