Elwood Kent passed away Sunday, September 19, 2021. He was 81 years old.
Elwood was born January 26, 1940, at the Taylor Hospital in Ignacio, Colorado. Elwood attended Shalako Indian School in Shalako, Oklahoma. Upon his return to Ignacio, he was a police officer for 30 years, beginning in the reserve officer program. He worked his way through the ranks to eventually be the Chief of Tribal Police. Elwood's ranch has always been in Spring Creek where he raised his horses, farmed and ranched. He was involved in the rodeo; bull riding, team roping and broke horses.
He is survived by his daughters: Mabel Sue Kent, Amelia Howe and Tina Valdez; sister: Neida Chackee; many grandchildren, nieces and nephews, extended family, traditional brothers and sisters, and wonderful friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife: Lizabeth; daughter: Eldina Mae Kent; and his mother: Ida Kent.
Visitation will be at Hood Mortuary on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 from Noon to 4pm and a wake will follow at his home (1815 C.R. 333, Ignacio). A Sunrise Service will be held on Thursday, September 23, 2021 with a graveside service to follow at 8am at the Ouray Memorial Cemetery.
Published by The Durango Herald on Sep. 22, 2021.