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Diné Pride honors Air Force Veteran & LGBTQ Leader Danny Atcitty III

Danny Atcitty lll will be remembered as a leader for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and two-spirit community on the Navajo Nation. His work to raise funds for the Diné Youth LGBTQ+ Scholarship and his advocacy for our veterans will be honored.

A 2003 graduate of Window Rock High School, he deployed to England to serve four years in the United States Air Force as an electrical power production journeyman. Danny then finished his Bachelor of Science for business management from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Since he has worked in various management leadership positions for Wells Fargo, Finish Line, and TBK Bank.

In 2018, Danny volunteered for the first time overseeing the merchandise sales for Diné Pride in Window Rock, Arizona. He joined the Board of Directors in 2019 to oversee all sales for the organization.

Danny was a best friend, an uncle, brother, grandson, and a beloved son. He departed on Friday, January 31, 2020, with family at his side in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Danny was known for his great sense of humor and that smile was everything to us. He is forever remembered for his work ethic, an aspiring bow-tie designer, a fierce fighter for our LGBTQ+ veterans, a loyal friend, and a leader who raised hundreds of funds for the Diné LGBTQ+ Youth Scholarship. Danny's life deserves to be celebrated and remembered because his laughter and compassion impacted us all.
- Alray Nelson, Executive Director

Diné Pride and the LGBTQ+ community will host a “Celebration of Life” candle light vigil on Thursday evening, February 6th, at 6:00 PM, to remember Danny in Window Rock, Arizona, at the Veterans Memorial Park. We invite everyone to attend an evening where we will raise the rainbow flag in honor of Danny’s service to the country and hear remarks from his friends.

Danny had the smile that lit up the room, his love was so compassionate, his soul was beautiful. Our community sends its deepest condolences to his family. He will forever be remembered.
- DeAndra Wagner, Communications Director

The Diné Pride Board of Directors requests support now to cover costs associated with the funeral service this week. Donations accepted will go towards food expenses for guests who visit with the Atcitty family and friends. The Atcitty Family invites his friends and loved ones to attend two community gatherings that will take place at the Family Church Assembly of God in Fort Defiance, Arizona, this Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

The funeral service will be held this Friday, February 7th, at 10:00 AM, with the burial to follow at the family plot in Fort Defiance. A luncheon reception will be hosted after at the church.


Donations are accepted online at

Volunteers for Friday’s events can email us at

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