Dewayne Kenneth Ellenwood Sr., 77\n\nDewayne Kenneth Ellenwood Sr. was born July 7, 1945, in Martinez, CA to Audrey ‘Ordie’ Lessor\nand Donald Jody Ellenwood. His Creator called him home to join the ancestors on December 3,\n2022.\n\nDewayne, a citizen of the Nez Perce Tribe, is a descendant of Old Chief Joseph. Dewayne\nenjoyed a lifetime of being a trickster and filled those around him with much joy and laughter.\nHe is a graduate of Andrew P. Hill High School in San Jose, CA where he met his first wife,\nRoberta Staiti. They were married February 19, 1963 to April 30, 1970 and their union brought\nthree sons (Kenneth, Donald, and Dewayne, Jr. Ellenwood) and daughter (Catherine\nEllenwood), their marriage later ended in divorce.\n\nDewayne married the love of his life Annie Amy Ellenwood on December 24, 1971. They\nreferred to each other as Lover and got their wedding bands to reflect this unison. Their union\nbrought two sons (Darryll and Travis Ellenwood) and daughter (Cheryl Ellenwood).\nDewayne’s love for basketball built a network of Indian basketball players that would carry him\nto basketball tournaments across Indian reservations throughout the west coast. For decades,\nthere wasn’t an Indian in the city or reservation who couldn’t be tricked by Dewayne’s famous\nunder the hoop move, where he put the ball between his legs.\n\nThroughout his life, Dewayne was a man of many trades. He first attended welding school\nthrough the BIA and continued to hone his craft wherever he was. At one point, Dewayne sold\npizza from the Wa-Y’as community kitchen. By the 1980s, he was an iron worker walking high\nrise buildings in Los Angeles. By the 1990s, he was a skilled welder who wielded his torch\nthroughout the Bay Area, from FMC to Westinghouse where he worked on nuclear submarines\nincluding the Seawolf. Upon returning to his homelands of Kamiah in the 1990s, Dewayne\nwelded throughout the Pacific Northwest including working for TERO and rebuilding bridges in\nKooskia, Kamiah, and Cherry Lane. In his later years, he worked on dam shutdowns including\nDworshak, Grand Coulee, Ice Harbor, Little Goose, among many others along the Snake and\nColumbia River.\n\nDewayne loved his family and children. In California, Dewayne enjoyed attending his sons’\nKenny, Donald, Dewayne Jr. and Darryll’s basketball and baseball games. In Idaho, though\nhis work required much travel, Dewayne eagerly traveled back to Kamiah anxious to see his son\nand daughter play sports. He held a deep love for his family and often built custom porches and\nother projects for his mother and his wife.\n\nDewayne was also a fancy dancer and later a traditional dancer who traveled to powwows in\nthe west. Dewayne entered the powwow circle with the generosity of those around him and he\ncontinued that generosity by supporting others who wanted to dance. Dewayne made colorful\nfancy bustles for himself and all his sons. He made many friends on the powwow circuit that he would cherish into his later life. Above all, Lookingglass Powwow was his favorite and he\nenjoyed the closeness of the community and circle.\n\nFor Dewayne, basketball continued to be life well into his 40s, 50s, and 60s. He played with\nother local legends such as Wendell Davis, Leroy Seth, Albert Pinkham Jr., Jesse Curry, Kub\nEllenwood, John Strombeck and countless others. To keep young, he continued playing at open\ngym in Kamiah and Kooskia where the local young bucks were introduced to his famous move.\nHis love of the game was also evident in his support for local high school ballers on the\nreservation.\n\nDewayne enjoyed exercising his sovereign treaty rights in usual and accustomed places to hunt,\ngather, and dig roots with his sons, grandsons, and friends on his homelands.\nHis favorite teams were the Kamiah Kubs, Oakland A’s, Gonzaga Basketball, and recently\nenjoyed attending Raider games with his brother.\n\nDewayne was a trickster and could make anyone smile with his humor. He generously shared\nhis oral traditions with anyone. His specialty was sharing tall tales with such detail and energy\nthat one might not know if they were true or not. To this day, no one knows what happened to\nhis finger.\n\nAfter completing his journey to the spirit world, Dewayne will be greeted by his parents; his\nsister Betty Hardridge, his sons (Kenneth and Darryll Ellenwood); and his daughter Catherine\nEllenwood. He will also rejoin his wife and ‘Lover’, Annie Amy Ellenwood – reuniting just in time\nto celebrate their 51 st wedding anniversary on Christmas eve.\n\nDewayne’s legacy will continue within his sons (Dewayne Jr., Donald, and Travis Ellenwood) and\ndaughter Cheryl Ellenwood. He is also survived by his brother Chester Jr. and Terri Lessor. In\nEllenwood tradition, Dewayne is survived by his grandsons (Ryan, Joshua, Dakota, Jayden,\nCodey, Korbin, Candyn, Austin, Lorenzo, Awan, and Moses as well as Teo Castro and Luca\nCastro) and granddaughters (Sarah Kempner, Amanda Ellenwood, and Quyntz Ellenwood). And\nmany great grandchildren, nephews, and nieces all of whom he loved immensely.\nDewayne danced throughout his lifetime, and he is now dancing fast and fancy to the beat of\nthe drum, with his lover Amy at his side.\n\nA memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 8 at Wa-Y’as\nCommunity Center in Kamiah, Idaho, with Reverend Mary Jane Miles officiating. A wake will\noccur until the funeral service. The funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Friday,\nDecember 9 at the Wa-Y’as Community Center. Burial will be at the Nez Perce Tribal cemetery\non No Kidd Lane in Kamiah. A dinner will follow at the Wa-Y’as and all his family and friends are\nwelcome. Although not required, it is appreciated that those who attend wear masks at the\nservices.