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Clarence 'Hance' James Armajo Sr.

Nov 16, 2012 - Staff

Clarence "Hance" James Armajo Sr. died Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, as a result of kidney and liver failure. He was 45 years old.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Blue Sky Hall in Ethete. Burial will be in the Yellowcalf Cemetery under the direction of Hudson's Funeral Home.

Clarence "Hance" Armajo was born Jan. 20, 1967, in Lander, the son of Morton Eli and Genevive (McGill) Armajo. He lived in the Millcreek area as a child.

Mr. Armajo married Lori DeKing on February 17, 1989, and they had four children. The couple later divorced. He met Tawny Stager and lived in the Ethete area with her and her three children, Archie, Melanie and Stephanie, until his passing.

He was a heavy equipment operator since the age of 22.

His family said Mr. Armajo enjoyed his family, hunting, camping, team roping, breaking horses and playing basketball. He won several saddles, buckles and coats from team roping competitions. He also helped claim many, many basketball championships with more than enough trophies jackets and coats to prove it. He helped Wyoming Indian High School capture three consecutive state titles, winning 52 straight games. His family said Mr. Armajo was a great son, brother, devoted father, uncle, nephew and grandpa, and he had a strong belief in the Lord.

He is survived by his children, Kyati, Ashtyn Kastens and her husband Will, Clarence "Bull" Jr. and Mary Spoonhunter, and Tahbree Taylor; girlfriend Tawny Stager and her three children, Archie, Melanie and Stephanie; brothers Eli Armajo Jr., Blake Don Armajo Sr. and Franklin Whiteclay; sister Roberta Littlenest; adopted parents Larry and Gloria Wheeler and Alfred Sr. and Rhoda Armajo; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; parents; son Kyle Armajo; sister Cheryl Redhouse; grandchildren Myron Perry Jr., Myah and Korrine; cousin Travis Armajo; and brother-in-law Jonathan Littlenest.

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