Eric Matthew Yazzie
”1974 - 2019”



    Eric Matthew Yazzie

    There is a sacredness in tears.
    They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.
    They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.
    They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition,
    and of unspeakable love.
      Washington Irving


      Eric Matthew Yazzie of Miami, OK passed from this life Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in Tulsa, OK.
      He was 44. He was known by many names, Shno Bird, Ghetto Man and his most proud name Dad.
      Eric was born October 2, 1974 in Downey, CA to Freddie and Betty (Tom) Yazzie. He had lived in the Miami and Commerce area since 1986 and was a graduate of Commerce High School Class of 1993. He then attended N.E.O. A.&M. College in Miami for 2 years.
      Eric was a member of the Navajo tribe and the Spring River Indian Baptist Church. He was very active in the pow-wow community all of his life where he learned to sing from his dad. He loved to travel near and far to pow-wows. He served as head singer at many pow-wows and passed his love of pow-wows and singing to his kids.
      Eric had worked for Red Cedar Recycling in Miami, Midwest Custom Mixing in North Miami and Bordertown Bingo in Seneca.
      Eric was preceded in death by his son, Keeton Keayonnie Yazzie, his parents, his sister, Betty Yazzie-Perry his brother-in law, Michael J. Perry, Sr. and his nephew Jacob Harold Perry.
      Eric is survived by his children, Noah Yazzie, Jesse Dean Yazzie and Kinzhee Yazzie all of Miami, OK and his brother, Freddie Yazzie, Jr. and his wife Lisa of California, his nephews, Michael Perry, Jr. of Miami, OK and Jesse Yazzie of California, his nieces, Marlene Yazzie of California and Tahnee Perry of Grove, OK, his forever love, Terry Yazzie of Miami, OK and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins throughout Oklahoma, Arizona and California.
      Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Council House Cemetery, southeast of Wyandotte, OK. Will Tarrant, Randy White and Steven Daugherty will speak and conduct Native American Rites. Casey Perry, Ryan Perry, Justin Raishart, Timmy Lewis, Damien Blackfox and Shawn Ellick will serve as pallbearers. Freddie Yazzie, Jr. and wife Lisa, James Raishart and wife Toni, Steve Perry, Sr., Jeff Perry, Michael A. Perry, Kyle Ollis, Tony Yardy, Bobbie Crawford and Michael J. Perry, Jr. will serve as honorary pallbearers.
      Eric will lie in state at the Quapaw Native American Church Summer House at the Quapaw Tribal Pow-Wow Grounds where all family and friends are welcome. Services have been placed in the care of Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, OK.
      Resource: Paul Thomas Funeral Home

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