Rex A. Coando

Aug 14, 2012 Staff

Rex A. Coando, 61, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at the Lander Regional Hospital from injuries he sustained from a motorcycle accident.

Traditional Indian funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at his residence with Harrison "Bunny" Shoyo and Arlen Shoyo officiating. Interment will be in the Sacajawea Cemetery. A traditional evening service and wake will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at his residence, 713 Tinnebea Drive with Harrison "Bunny" Shoyo officiating.

Rex Alan Coando was born Feb. 7, 1951, in Fort Washakie to Herman Coando and Iva McAdams. He attended high school in Roosevelt, Utah, and later attended Weber State College, Utah Technical College and Westminster Police Academy, Utah. He served in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1973.

He married Juanita Sanchez in January 1974. Together they had three children, Mark, Cristie and James.

At the time of his death he had been employed with the Eastern Shoshone Utilities Organization as a water systems operator for seven years. He was serving as a board member for the Eastern Shoshone Housing Authority Board.

His family said Mr. Coando enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing, taking his boat out on the lake, riding his motorcycles, watching a good basketball game and being around his family.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita; daughter Cristie Coando; son James Coando; grandsons Brian and Brett Roanhorse, Antonio Coando, Carlos and Juan Herrera; granddaughters Juanita Coando of Fort Hall, Idaho, Sierra Herrera and Nona Coando; great-grandson Jonathan Roanhorse; brothers Herman and Berta Coando of Gilroy Calif., Clayton Coando, Lonnie Hendricks Fort Washakie, Dave Hendricks Murray, Utah, John and Marilyn Sanderson of Vernal, Utah; sisters Hermalee Coando of Evertte, Wash., Trudi Coando of Fort Washakie, Barbara Ryan of Mona, Utah; uncle Oren "Butch" McAdams of Fort Washakie; and aunt Midge McAdams of Vernal, Utah.

He was preceded in death by his son, Mark Coando; parents Herman Coando and Iva McAdams Hendricks; brothers Charles "Tuna" Hendricks, Guy Hendricks, Virgil Coando and Pat Coando; and sister Laura Sanderson.

Services are under the direction of the Hudson's Funeral Home of Lander. An online guest book is available at

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