WHITERIVER — Arizona leaders noted the passing of Ronnie Lupe, former chairman of the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Lupe passed away on Monday at age 89.
Chairman Lupe served as the tribe’s chairman for over three decades. He retired in May 2018.
Chairman Lupe was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Saddened to hear of the passing of Ronnie Lupe, a leader in Arizona’s Native American community. Lupe served as a Marine in the Korean War and chairman of the White Mountain Apache Tribe for 36 years. Arizona honors his life and service. #RIP https://t.co/h4bsMQFXAu
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) August 12, 2019
I’m saddened to hear about the loss of Ronnie Lupe. He dedicated his life to serving others as a Marine, as a tribal councilman, and as tribal chairman. My heart goes out to his family and to the White Mountain Apache Tribe. https://t.co/d2AuIsNJn0
— Martha McSally (@SenMcSallyAZ) August 12, 2019
It was an honor to have known & worked with Chairman Lupe over the years. I saw his passion for the White Mountain Apache people and the selfless work he did to better their lives and preserve and strengthen the tribe’s sovereignty. #AZ01 https://t.co/lDyZxud8J7
— Rep. Tom O’Halleran (@RepOHalleran) August 12, 2019
Mourning the loss of former White Mountain Apache Chairman Ronnie Lupe, who passed away today at 89. He was a great friend to NAU, serving on our Native American Advisory Board for many years. Heartfelt condolences to his family. #RestInPeace
— Rita Cheng (@NAUPresident) August 13, 2019