Lloyd House, Navajo and Oneida, was a teacher, veteran, Marine, Air Force Reservist, and Senator. He walked on January 2 in Surprise, Arizona at the age of 83, reports AZCentral.
He made national news when he was just 35 years old and won a Senate seat, the first Arizona Native American to do so.
“I wondered why God let me win the primary. It was something that never happened before,” House joked in an undated interview with the Arizona State Archives Legislative Oral History Project. “I’ve had a great life.”
He also pointed out that he “won with non-Indian votes!”
He served in the Senate from 1967 to 1968, but did not run for a second term.
“I couldn’t even get a bill in the floor. Why try?” House said in the interview with the Arizona Oral History Project. “Why break my back? I said goodbye.”
Other accomplishments include his time as director of the Phoenix Indian Center, his work at the Navajo Nation Office of Veteran’s Affairs and at Little Singer Day School.
He also tried a run at Congress, but didn’t have enough signatures to get on the ballot.
“Lloyd House was a pioneer in every sense of the word,” said House Speaker Andy Tobin in a statement. “One of Arizona’s great public servants has left us.”
House is survived by his wife Victoria, three daughters, a son, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 10 at the Flagstaff American Legion, at 204 W. Birch Avenue.