Harry Thomas 'Tom' EngavoOct 12, 2012 Staff
Harry Thomas "Tom" Engavo died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. He was 56 years old.
Traditional Native American services will be conducted by Arlen and Harrison Shoyo. The wake will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the residence of Vicki Engavo, 16 Grove Lane, Fort Washakie. Traditional Native American funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at 16 Grove Lane in Fort Washakie, with burial to follow at the Engavo Cemetery located on North Fork in Fort Washakie. The feast will be at the Rocky Mountain Hall after the services and burial.
Tom Engavo was born June 18, 1956, in Lander. He lived most of his life on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
He attended elementary school at Crowheart, Mill Creek and Fort Washakie. He graduated from Lander Valley High School in May 1974. He also attended the University of Wyoming In Laramie for a short time.
He followed in the traditional Native American beliefs and participated In the Shoshone Sundances. He was also a member of the Native American Church
His family said he enjoyed doing beadwork, reading, watching the Sci-Fi Network and cartoon channel and cursing the political media. He collected dragons and anything to do with the Hobbit series. He was also very fond of his cats and dogs. His family said he was always there helping raise his nieces and nephews, making sure they were off to school and being there for them when they returned.
He is survived by his mother, Billie Engavo; sisters Vicki Engavo of Fort Washakie, Theresa Engavo of Riverton, Eunice Frank of Seattle and Edith Woodley of Newberg, Ore.; brothers Joseph Engavo Jr. and Eric Engavo of Fort Washakie and John Engavo of Riverton; numerous nieces and nephews and their children; the Johnson family and other relatives in Idaho; the Ridley family and other relatives in Utah; and the OldElk family and other relatives in Montana.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Engavo Sr. and Melissa Compton Olivas; grandparents Harry and Hazel Engavo and Thomas and Eunice Compton; brother Ben Engavo Sr.; niece Veronica Engavo; aunt Mattle Meeks; uncles Sam and Tony Engavo; grandchildren George Bercier Jr., Lalasal Brown, unborn baby Brown and Brittany Engavo.