Mar 172016

David O. Riley (Water/Parrot Clan) entered into rest on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Memorial services were held March 12.
David was born Feb. 12, 1949, in Winslow. He was raised at the Laguna Colony in Winslow in the one of the many boxcar homes the railroad provided. He attended elementary school at St. Joseph’s School, and middle and high school at Winslow Public Schools. While in high school, he lettered in both football and baseball. Upon high school graduation in 1967, he attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he studied engineering and architecture, and earned a letter while playing for the Wildcat baseball team as a shortstop.
He then left school and ended up hitchhiking across the country, ending up in Massachusetts. It was there he met a young woman, Virginia Huettig. They became friends and later married in Cape Cod, Mass. In 1980, his daughter, Zoey Oaks, was born.
He then returned to Albuquerque, N.M., and attended the University of New Mexico, where he received his degree in Architecture and Planning, with a second major in Spatial Engineering. Since 1975, he was involved in many community affairs in the Albuquerque metropolitan area, as well as tribal organizations both in New Mexico and Arizona. He designed various buildings, including the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, the Albuquerque Public Library, the UNM Hospital Heart Wing, the Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque and various schools throughout the reservations.
While living in Albuquerque, his greatest enjoyment was being with his daughter Zoey and dog Ruby. They were inseparable, everywhere David went, you were sure to find the two right behind him. His latest enjoyment was also getting to see his niece Gabby play softball for UNM, always yelling from right field. He also enjoyed creating and selling art with his nephew Joseph.
Many in the architectural world knew David as “visionary”; he came to the conclusion that a European philosophy of design was still being taught in the American design institutions. In 2000, he formulated a series of design thoughts that he termed Philosophica de Principalis de los Pueblo Nuevo. He incorporated the mindset, ritual, meditation, eccentric creation and expressive design, along with his pueblo ancestry of Hopi and Laguna, into his work.
Survivors include his daughter, Zoe O. Riley of Albuquerque; his sister, Debra (Frank) Stacey of Winslow; his nephews and nieces, Joseph Stacey of Albuquerque, Frank Stacey Jr. of Page, John Stacey of Winslow, Tiffany Stacey of Mesa and Gabby Stacey of Albuquerque; and his cousins, Karen Toya (Jeff) Lott of Phoenix, Toni Toya (Mark)-Pffiefer of Phoenix and Michael Ladeyo of Kykotsmovi.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph (JD) and Dicie Riley; and two brothers, Alvin and Raymond Riley.
Direct Services Burial Funeral Home of Albuquerque was in charge of the arrangements.