Fri Dec 16th, 2022
Robert L. Ortiz
The Southern Ute Drum
Categories: Voices, Obituaries, Voices
Tags: Clarence George Pinnecoose, Georgia Watts McKinley, Little Eagle Feather, Sammy E. Pinnecoose
PINNECOOSE – Clarence George Pinnecoose (Little Eagle Feather) walked on to the path of his ancestors on Nov. 27, 2022. A father, son, brother, uncle, and friend to many.
Clarence was born on June 29, 1976 to Georgia Watts McKinley and the late Sammy E. Pinnecoose. Clarence was a member of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, he also shared heritage with the Ute Mountain Ute and the Ute Indian Tribe (Northern Ute). He was a Sundancer, Beardancer, and was an active participant in the powwow circuit, Clarence strongly believed in his traditional ways.
Clarence graduated from Ignacio High School. He received his associate’s degree in Photography from CCD in Denver, CO. He also attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. He worked with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in various departments and later was a short order cook at Oscar’s Café in Durango.
He was a gifted photographer and loved to travel. He was an avid Raiders, Lakers, Bulls, Dallas Stars, Avalanche, and Yankees fan. He attended many games as well as traveled to many Comic Con conventions. He loved to attend powwows, concerts, and going to the movies. He also had a brief appearance in a Dixie Chicks’ music video.
He was quite known for his beaded medallion necklaces and was photographed with many well-known people. Clarence will be remembered for his caring heart who supported his family and friends, and of course his stubbornness. In the end he did it his way.
Clarence is survived by his mother, Georgia Watts McKinley of Ignacio, CO, his children Gabriel, Toph and Tylee Pinnecoose of Bayfield, CO; His sisters: Samantha Pinnecoose, Freda (Kinwi) Pinnecoose, Vanessa (Mark) Torres, and Felicia McKinley all of Ignacio, CO; Nieces: Shelenia Porambo, Raelynn (Daniel) Torres, Jaela Velasco and nephew, Kylan Velasco all of Ignacio, CO. He is also survived by his uncle, Barney “Bear” Pinnecoose of Ignacio, CO. He proceeded in death by his father, Sammy E. Pinnecoose.
A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022 at the Southern Ute Memorial Chapel in Ignacio, CO. Sunrise services also took place at the Memorial Chapel.