New Mexico State Senator John Pinto Dead at 94

Rodolfo Vieira
May 25, 2019
09:07 P.M.

John Pinto, the long-serving New Mexico state senator, has recently passed away at the age of 94. Aside from his political side, he was also a World War II veteran and one of the last Navajo Code Talkers.


The sad news was confirmed by the Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller on Friday, May 24. 2019, after officers from the Gallup Police Department were called to the late senator's address.

According to the reports, the politician was not breathing and was transported to the Gallup Indian Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.



So far, no cause of death has been revealed but the case is currently being investigated by the Police Department. Following his death, Pinto's family also released a statement saying that he died surrounded by his loved ones.

The family also said:

"He worked tirelessly throughout his lifetime to serve the Diné people. The family would like to express their gratitude to his constituents and fellow legislators for allowing him to serve, it is what truly made him happy."



Born in 1924 in Lupton, Arizona, Pinto was a Marine Corps veteran and one of the last Navajo Code Talkers, a group of men who used the Navajo language to encode and transmit military messages during World War II.

At the age of 39, he managed to earn a bachelor's degree and then a master's degree in elementary education from the University of Mexico. He also worked for 28 years for Gallup-McKinley County Schools.



Pinto's death comes less than a year after the passing of Samuel Tom Holiday, another Navajo Code Talker from World War II. Curiously, Holiday also passed away at the age of 94, a few days after celebrating his birthday.

A known face in the St. George area, Holiday wrote a book, titled "Under the Eagle: Samuel Holiday, Navajo Code Talker," talking about his experiences as a veteran, his role in the war and how he taught others about the importance of the language in the battlefield.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Sally Field Called an 'Angel' at 77 After Being Criticized for Her Natural Aging – She Finds Joy as a Grandmother of 5

March 13, 2024

Old Millionaire Leaves $5.3M Mansion, Neither His Daughter nor Wife Inherits It — Story of the Day

April 15, 2024

Celebrities Were Kicked out of Cannes Festival for Wearing Wrong Shoes: 3 Strict Rules That Caused Uproar

May 17, 2024

Jennifer Garner, 52, Seen with Her Partner, ‘1000X Better Looking than Ben,’ in Matching Denim Outfits

April 26, 2024

This Boy Is the Son of Hollywood Actor Who Abruptly Stopped Career to Fight for His Life – Their Story Inspires

April 23, 2024

Jennifer Garner’s Only Son, Who Despises ‘Men with Cameras,’ Looks like His Mom Now – Photos of His Transformation

April 16, 2024

5 Forgotten Teen Idols – Inside the Lives of Celebrities Now Far from the Spotlight

May 05, 2024

7 Hollywood Heartthrobs' Sons Who Inherited Their Dads' Looks

April 10, 2024

Easter 2024: The Beckham Bunny, a Kardashian Conspiracy, Gwyneth Paltrow's Son a Copy of Chris Martin, and More

April 02, 2024

Janelle & Kody Brown’s Son Welcomed a New Addition to the Family before Passing Away at 25 — His Final Post

March 07, 2024

I Couldn't Stop Crying over an Unexpected Wedding Gift Passed on through My MIL

February 21, 2024

Alan Jackson's Son-in-Law Died at 28 after an Accident – What Happened That Tragic Day

February 12, 2024

Blake Shelton, 47, Poses at Gala Event, Causing Reactions Due to His Changed Look & Simple Outfit

May 14, 2024

'Superman' Actor Gene Hackman, 94, ‘Looks Nothing’ Like Himself in Public Appearance with Rarely-Seen Wife

March 31, 2024