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Obituary: Arthur “Johnny” Weaver

Arthur "Johnny" Weaver: July 23, 1953 – Feb. 12, 2024.
Photo Credit: Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Arthur “Johnny” Weaver: July 23, 1953 – Feb. 12, 2024.

WEAVER – Life-long resident Arthur Johnny Weaver passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 12, 2024, at the age of 70. He was born July 23, 1953, at Taylor Hospital in Ignacio, Colorado to Arthur and Sylvia Alire Weaver.

John was an athlete in school, which included basketball, baseball, and football. After graduating from Ignacio High School in 1971, he immediately joined the U.S. Army. While in the Army, he was stationed in Germany and was assigned as a tank crew member and trained as a driver of the tank. He received the National Defense Service Medal and was a marksman of the M16. John was honorably discharged May 17, 1974, but remained on active reserve until May 26, 1977. Once he was discharged, he moved to Denver to attend an auto mechanics school. He then relocated to Phoenix, Arizona for a few years. John eventually moved back to Ignacio and began employment with the BIA Roads Department, Southern Ute Tribal Fish & Game, Tribal Police Department, and Tribal Custom Farm. Eventually he retired with the Tribe in 2010.

John lived life like he was on fire and loved joking around with family and friends with whom he enjoyed spending time. He was a farmer, hunter, and avid Denver Broncos fan. John married Renee Sage on Dec. 27, 1978, which later ended in divorce, but they remained on good terms and spent most of their time together including holidays and special occasions alongside their family.

John is survived by Renee; son, Nicholas (Gogi); son, Dustin; daughter, Jasmine; daughter, Victoria; two sons in Germany; grandchildren, Marcus, Dominique, Krystyn, Lucas, Amethyst, and Bianca; sisters, Lena (Fred), Dee (Mike), Lida Sue (Frank); brother, Bill; foster brothers, Roland Norris and Rudley Weaver.

John is preceded in death by his mother, Sylvia; father, Arthur; siblings, Gina and Joel.

A visitation was held prior to a Rosary on Feb. 17, 2024 at St. Ignatius Church in Ignacio, Colo. A Rosary for Arthur was held with Mass of Christian Burial following. A reception was held following Mass at the Southern Ute Multi-Purpose Room. Cremation for Arthur will take place after services.

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