Donald J. 'Bill' Aragon

Apr 17, 2012 Staff

Donald J. "Bill" Aragon, 69, of Fort Washakie, died Friday, April 6, 2012, at the Lander Regional Hospital.

Traditional American Indian funeral services are at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Rocky Mountain Hall at Fort Washakie with Arlen Shoyo and Harrison "Sunny" Shoyo Jr. officiating. Interment will be in the Aragon family cemetery at Kinnear.

An evening service and wake start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the family home, No. 42 Dead Horse Road, Fort Washakie.

Donald Joseph "Bill" Aragon was born Oct. 21, 1942, in Fort Washakie the son of Peter Aragon Sr. and Lucinda (Hereford) Aragon. He was the 16th of 18 siblings. He attended school at Upper Mill Creek Elementary, Lander Valley High School, Haskell Institute High School, Bellevue Community College, where he received an associate of arts degree in business administration, and the University of Washington, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in business administration.

Upon returning to Wyoming, he was an environmental director in the interest of American Indian economy and environmental protection.

His family said Mr. Aragon enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting and spending time with his family and friends. He participated in sundances and traditional ways.

Survivors include Shirley Patacsil; daughters Deborah, Denise and Zina Aragon; son Travis Aragon; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; a brother, Oliver Aragon; sisters Catherine Shongutsie, Regina Sage and Beverly Thomas; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by sisters Clara LaRoque, Linda Romero, Susie Aragon, Julia Smith, Pauline Tidzump, Juanita Urban, Rowena Hebah, Mable and Elaine Aragon and Nadine Tillman; brothers Lawrence, Joh, Charles and Pete Aragon Jr., Ronnie Tillman and Walter Tidzsump Sr.; grandparents John and Julia Hereford and Jesus and Juanita Aragon; aunts Mary Meyers, Rosie Urick, Molly Shaveneux and Josephine Girten; uncles Charles, Bill and Louie Aragon, Sherman and Lawrence Hereford.

Services are provided by Wind Dancer Funeral Home of Fort Washakie.

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