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James Patrick 'Pat' Underwood

Feb 19, 2014 - Staff

James Patrick "Pat" Underwood, of Mill Creek, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Lander Regional Hospital, surrounded by family. He was 60 years old.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Blue Sky Hall in Ethete. Interment will follow at the Sage-Redman Cemetery. A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Blue Sky Hall, with the wake to follow at 145 Trosper Lane in Mill Creek.

James Underwood was born June 9, 1953, in Fort Washakie, the son of the late Martin Sr. and Philomena (Walker) Underwood. He grew up in the Mill Creek area.

He attended Mill Creek Elementary and Ramah High School as an exchange student during a summer exchange program. He also attended Lander Valley High School, and his family said he was the first graduate of Wyoming Indian High School in 1972. He recently was honored at Wyoming Indian High School as the school's first graduate. He also attended schools at Wyoming Technical Institute in Laramie, Haskell Indian College, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Central Wyoming College, and San Juan College in Farmington, N.M. He attended the police academy in Marana, Ariz., and served in the U.S. Navy. He was released from the Navy on a medical discharge.

He worked many years on drilling rigs in the oilfields as a driller and derrick hand. He worked as a game warden for the Shoshone and Arapaho tribes and as a Sho-Rap firefighter/squad boss/faller/crew boss with the C.H.R. Program. He also worked as a security guard for Northern Arapaho Housing, as a custodian at Blue Sky Hall in Ethete, and at the Wind River Hotel and Casino.

He was of the Catholic faith, and he also participated and believed in the Arapaho ways. He took part in the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone sundances. He also attended traditional sweat ceremonies. His sundance grandfathers were the late Joseph Waterman and Daniel C'Bearing.

His family said he enjoyed camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, playing sports and attending powwows throughout the United States. He was a fancy/grass/traditional dancer, and he enjoyed being around his family, friends and grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, Laurie Underwood, Marlow James, Marland Patrick Underwood and Philana Underwood; former wife Marla Deale; sisters Audrey, Patricia, Kay, Geraldine and Alicia Underwood, Becky Underwood-Miller, Jody Jorgenson, Karen (Butch) Trosper, Alvena Oldman, Lucy Willow and Anita Hungry; brothers Marty, Jerome, John Underwood, Alfred Redman, Hubert Redman, Bobby Shakespeare, Raymond Underwood, Donnie, Marty, Keith and Myron Chavez and Harold and Clarence Ouray; grandchildren Zachary Bell, Jade and Jeremiah Underwood, Matthew and Angelo Underwood, Trelan and Chola Bell, Megan and Bluebird Underwood, Bazil Addison and Marland Underwood Jr., Bryce Armstrong, Donavan, Jonathan, Sassite Underwood, Shye Goggles and Josiah Underwood; numerous nephews and nieces; and the Redman, Warren, Hungary, Willow, Oldman, Shakespeare, Posey, Blake, SunRhodes, Friday, Walker, Brown, He Crow, Brings them Back and Running Hawk families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin Sr. and Philomena Underwood; brothers Wesley Underwood Sr., Vince Underwood Sr., Edward Underwood and Baby Boy Underwood; sisters Matilda Underwood Bushyhead and Katherine SunRhodes Eaglestaff; grandchildren Letticia L. Headley, Nakeisha J. Underwood and Marlow J. Underwood Jr.; nieces and nephews Colleen Underwood, DeeDee Ferris Jr. and Daniel James Ferris; and family members Josephine Redman, Mary Hungary, Jimmy Oldman, John Willow Sr., Ruth SunRhodes, Elizabeth Underwood Shakespeare and Vincent Redman Sr.

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