BLACKWATER — Delbert Edwin Johnson Sr., 60, of Blackwater died on May 6, 2022, at home.

Mr. Johnson was born on Aug. 13, 1961, in Sacaton to Edwin E. Johnson Sr. and Delphine Antone. He attended Coolidge Public Schools until 10th grade, then attended Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, California, where he graduated in 1979. After graduation, he attended Central Arizona College and finished out at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in New Mexico, earning an associate degree in business. He was a dedicated employee of the Gila River Indian Community for 23 years.

He was a loving, caring and open-hearted cowboy who loved to participate in rodeos. He started out in junior bull riding, then went to bareback riding. In the years later, he settled on team roping, which he enjoyed. He loved farming and ranching. He loved to dance to waila music, country and rock. He also loved spending time with his kids, grandkids, other family and friends. He enjoyed watching the sunsets and loved to drive his John Deere tractor, attending to his fields.

He is survived by six daughters and sons, Shaylene Pablo of Sacaton Flats, Sandra Mills of Sacaton, Andrew Eddie, Josephine Eddie, Delbert Johnson and Shelba Johnson, all of Blackwater; his mother Delphine Johnson and stepmother Arlene Johnson; eight siblings, Drake Lewis, Sharon Lewis, Martha Johnson, Yvonne Marrietta, Rocky Whitman, Doreen Allison, Edwin Johnson Jr. and Carmella Johnson; 22 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and two sisters, Debrah Juste of Blackwater and Angela Renee Johnson of Olberg.

J. Warren Funeral Services, Cole & Maud Coolidge Chapel in charge of arrangements.


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