Procession, funeral service announced for Navajo Code Talker, state Sen. John Pinto

Noel Lyn Smith
Farmington Daily Times
John Pinto

FARMINGTON — Part of the procession scheduled on Wednesday for the late Navajo Code Talker and state Sen. John Pinto will travel through San Juan County.

Pinto, 94, died on May 24 in Gallup. He trained as a Navajo Code Talker and had been a member of the state senate since 1977, representing McKinley and San Juan counties.

The motorcade escorting the senator from Gallup to Santa Fe will consist of Navajo Nation and New Mexico State police and members of the Navajo Hopi Honor Riders, according to details released by the Pinto family and the New Mexico Senate Democrats.

The procession will leave at 7 a.m. Wednesday from Rollie Mortuary, 401 Nizhoni Blvd. in Gallup then proceed on U.S. Highway 491 to Shiprock.

At approximately 9 a.m., the motorcade will arrive at the Shiprock Chapter house then leave at about 9:30 a.m.

PHOTOS: Motorcade for state Sen. John Pinto stops in Shiprock

It will continue onto U.S. Highway 64 to Farmington and Bloomfield, then onto U.S. Highway 550 to Bernalillo and Interstate 25 to Santa Fe.

A service is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Rotunda of the state Capitol, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe.

On Thursday, the funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 415 E. Green Ave., in Gallup.

A reception will follow at Red Rock Park, 5757 Red Rock Dr. in Church Rock.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the Pinto family, 509 W. Morgan Ave., Gallup, NM 87301.