Fiesta Bowl Board Member Passes Away
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Tribal President Dr. Clinton M. Pattea devoted much of his life’s work to serving the Fort McDowell Yavapai people.
Dr. Pattea, who died July 5, joined the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors in 2005 and played a critical role in the growth of the Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, an iconic community celebration that has long been a source of pride for all Arizonans.
“On behalf of the Fiesta Bowl organization, we extend our deepest condolences on the passing of Tribal President Dr. Clinton M. Pattea,” Fiesta Bowl Executive Director Robert Shelton said. “We are grateful for his long service and leadership. We were proud to call him a partner and a friend.”
Dr. Pattea was born, raised and died in his beloved homeland of Fort McDowell. Clinton Pattea, whose Indian name in Yavapai is Diss’-Diss’ah, spent 50 years in Tribal office and was centrally involved in the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation's defining events for more than 60 years.
"He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. But, we at Fort McDowell will continue in his legacy of promoting education, preserving our native language, and maintaining our Tribal sovereignty and self-reliance," Vice President Bernadine Burnette stated.
Dr. Pattea earned a bachelor's degree in business and minor in Art from Northern Arizona University in 1959. One year later, he entered and served on Fort McDowell's Tribal Council. At the same time, he worked as an operations supervisor for Valley Bank from 1960-1969. In 1970, Dr. Pattea was appointed Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on Indian Affairs, a post he held for the next 16 years.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Dr. Clinton M. and Rosiebelle Pattea Foundation at any Wells Fargo Bank.