Raymond “Jack” Gene, Jr. (1953- 2016)
Published March 13, 2016
ST. JOHN, ARIZONA – Raymond Gene Jr. , affectionally known as Jack, walked on to his eternal journey March 8, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. Jack was an extra-ordinary and humble artist. He died living his passion while participating in the the Longest Walk – War on Drugs. He walked The Longest Walk 2 from Flagstaff to Washington DC and then he walked from La Jolla to Arizona on the Longest Walk 5, completing the circle. He was born on September 14, 1953. He walked on from natural causes.
He was laid to rest in Winslow, Arizona and a feast was spread in his memory by his sister, Barbra Gene, at her home 30 miles north of Winslow on the Navajo Nation.
Jack was laid to rest with the Longest Walk 5 – War on Drugs present on Saturday, near Winslow, Arizona.
Jack’s art was known and admired all over the world. Jack’s grandfather, a Diné medicine man, taught Jack how to see the power in all living things. Jack learned the ways of the hogan and sand painting, he brought their magic into his art. Jack’s vision is a healing vision, through laughter, color, texture, shape and spirit Raymond (Jack) Gene Jr. even beyond his death, heals the world with beauty and love.
clip of Navajo Nation Museum Poster