Elder profiled in Times story found dead

DURANGO, Colo.

Lester John, whose story in the Navajo Times in May drew donations and volunteers from around the area, was laid to rest today after being found dead in an arroyo near his home on July 8, a family member confirmed.

John, 73, of Indian Wells, Arizona, was profiled in a May 28 Times article titled “Most at risk: COVID-19 aid not getting to everyone who needs it” after retired health technician Laverne Joe picked up John and his partner, Evelyn Begay, hitchhiking home from Holbrook with a small bag of groceries.

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