Mar 082013

Elmer Segne Begay Sr., 79, died in the very early morning hours of Friday, March 1, 2013, at Flagstaff Medical Center in Flagstaff following a lengthy illness. Funeral services were held March 6 at the Holbrook Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The concluding service with military honors and interment followed at the Holbrook Cemetery.
Elmer was born on July 20, 1933, in White Cone, where he lived his entire life.
As a young man, Elmer enlisted in the United States Army in May 1953 and received his honorable discharge in April 1955. During his time in the U.S. Army, Elmer served just as the Korean War was heating up. He received several medals for his service, including the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal and the UN Service Medal.
Elmer married his wife of nearly 57 years, Louise Edith (Lewis) Begay, on May 12, 1956, in White Cone.
In his younger years, Elmer loved playing basketball. He was a key player on his team, the White Cone Braves. When his health no longer permitted him to play, he still enjoyed watching a good game on television. Not many people know, but as a young man, Elmer loved roping and competed regularly in rodeo events. As he grew older, Elmer was known as a familiar and friendly face to many hundreds of children as he drove a school bus for many years.
He always enjoyed fishing with his children and had several “favorite” fishing holes throughout the state. Elmer also loved to go prairie dog hunting around White Cone and did his part to rid the area them. Too, Elmer loved to play Bingo and his ears always perked up when he heard a good game was getting underway!
He was a member of the LDS church, and regularly enjoyed the visits of the elders of the church.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Edith Begay of White Cone; six children, Norma (Victor) Mendoza of Surprise, and Patty Begay, Priscilla Begay, Yolanda (Alfred) Salcido, E. Steve Begay and Nora (Herman) Begay, all of White Cone; six siblings, Gladys (Bitoney) Begay of Teetso, Verna S. Keyonnie, Irene S. (Leo) Cummings and Elsie S. Sangster, all of White Cone, Felix S. Begay of Jeddito, and Finnie (Sarah) Begay of White Cone; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Diana Lou McMillan; three brothers, Jack Woody Sr., Phillip S. Begay and Jarvis S. Begay; and one granddaughter, Udell Marie Begay.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Holbrook was in charge of the arrangements.Begay, Elmer obit