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Obituary: Daniel David Tapija, Sr.

Daniel David Tapija Sr., 71 of Clarkdale, passed away Oct. 14, 2010. He was born on Feb. 8, 1939 in Valentine, Ariz. to Grant Lewis Tapija, Sr. and Fanny (Quesada) Tapija.

Daniel attended Peach Springs Day School for eight years and was a graduate of Seligman High School. He was in the Navy from 1957 to 1962. He also worked as an electrician for Phoenix Cement Plant in Clarkdale.

Daniel attended Hualapai Baptist Church. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, baseball, basketball, football, watching sports on television, spending time with grandkids, coaching and traveling. He had a kind heart, generous spirit, a good nature and deep devotion to his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a dearly beloved friend. Words can't express how much he will be missed and remembered forever. "Bi banyah hanayuu" (Love from everyone).

Daniel is preceded in death by his parents, Grant Lewis Tapija, Sr. and Fanny Tapija; daughter Lori Lynn Perez; brother Larry Tapija; and sisters, Gracie Lewis and Glory Tapija.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Geraldine Tapija; sons, Daniel David Tapija, Jr. (Laura) of Prescott, Marc Wade Tapija (Amy) of Glendale and Matthew Jason Tapija (Leslie) of Clarkdale; brothers, Grant Tapija, Jr. (Phoebe) of Peach Springs, Ariz., Luke Tapija (Andrea) of Treeport, La., Allen Tapija (Kathy) of Cavecreek, Ariz. and Bryant Tapija (Josie) of Peach Springs; sisters, Rose Goldstein (Robert) of Truxton, Ariz., Inez Manakaja (Dudley) of Peach Springs and Christine Lee (Lester) of Peach Springs; 24 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A visitation for Daniel will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010 at Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave., Cottonwood. A service will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 also at Westcott Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribal Cemetery, 530 E. Merritt St., Prescott, Ariz.

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