Reggie Lopez Jenks, Sr., age 64, of Ouray, passed away on October 21, 2023 with his family by his side.
Reggie was born April 23, 1959 in Roosevelt to Mary Jenks. He married Clarinda May Lopez on October 2, 1980 in Vernal, Utah. After 40 years of marriage, she passed away on December 26, 2020.
Reggie was raised in Hill Creek by his mother and her brothers. Hill Creek was his second home. He was a cattle rancher for most of his life. He loved the animals, and the work. He had also worked for various departments of the Ute Indian Tribe. He loved being outdoors. In his spare time he liked to spend time fishing and hunting. He was a member of the Rocky Mountain Rodeo Association. He was a saddle bronc rider and participated in many rodeo’s with his uncles, as they were a rodeo and ranching family. He had a fun sense of humor, liked teasing, joking and laughing with others, and storytelling. He loved and cherished his family and delighted in being a grandpa and teaching his grandchildren their Ute culture and traditional ways. He was a strong believer in the Native American Church and in his traditional ways. He participated in the Bear Dance and was also a traditional Sundancer. He fearlessly voiced his concern on issues that others might shy away from, always guided by a deep sense of morality and an unshakeable belief in doing what is right. He was a source of strength and support for those in need and a beacon of hope during challenging times. His memory will forever inspire us to stand up for what is right and be a voice for those who need it most. Reggie and Clarinda helped raise several kids through the years, and were wonderful role models to many
Reggie is survived by his children, Reggie, Jr., (Amanda) Jenks, Maria Jenks, grandchildren, Acailles Mary Jenks, Seldon Roger Jenks, Remeese Marion Jenks, Rylan Burson, Ryan Burson Jr. and uncles, Percy Jenks and Jason Jenks.
He is preceded in death by his mother, his wife, Clarinda Jenks, uncles, Ernest Jenks, Raymond Jenks, Roger Jenks, Richard Jenks, Sr., aunt, Hazel Jenks, and brother, Phillip Jenks.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ft. Duchesne Community Building.
Burial will be in the Ft. Duchesne Cemetery.