FARMINGTON — The funeral for Staff Sgt. Jonathan D. Davis, of Kayenta, Ariz., will be held today in his hometown.
Davis, a Navajo member of the United States Marines, died Feb. 22 in the Helmand province during combat, according to Department of Defense press release Monday.
Davis was transported to Kayenta on Friday in a procession. The funeral is today, followed by a procession at Monument Valley High School, where he attended school.
The family has asked that only close family and friends attend. The Daily Times will not be in attendance to respect that request and asks that others also respect it.
Davis was assigned to the Headquarters Battalion, 32nd Georgian Liaison Team, Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif., the release said.
People from around the Four Corners sent their condolences to the Davis’ family, who live outside Kayenta. Many Marines expressed their support and admiration for Davis and his family.
“The Navajo Nation mourns the loss of a warrior who gave his life defending freedom. We are saddened by the loss of our warrior and we offer our prayers to the family during this difficult time,” Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly said Monday night in a press release posted to Facebook.
The Department of Defense announced Davis’ death Monday, though it remains unclear how he died.
The Kayenta community knew Davis for his help in bringing the rural Navajo community two state high school basketball championships in the late 1990s, the Navajo Nation press release said.
The Marine Corps Times reported that he joined the Marine Corps in 1997 and received a Purple Heart after combat in both Afghanistan and Iraq. The publication also reported that he was a motor transport operations chief.
“His presence will be missed,” Shelly said.
To honor Davis, Shelly ordered the Navajo Nation flag to be lowered from sunrise Tuesday through Friday, and again on the day of his funeral service, which is still pending.
Davis is the 14th Navajo member of the armed forces to lost their life during Operation Enduring Freedom, according to a press release from the Navajo Nation.