In honor of grandpa
Family of Laffie Begay Sr., who died at last year's Narbona Pass Classic, honors him
(Times photo - Donovan Quintero)
By Terry Bowman
CRYSTAL, N.M., July 10, 2014
(Times photos – Terry Bowman)
"We wanted to come back to have some closure to what happened here," said Debbie Begay, widow of Begay, who explained that living without him has been an emotional tragedy. Her husband would have been 60 years old this year. "It was a real shock when it happened and it was a really hard time in our life."
Begay participated in last year's Narbona Pass Classic and collapsed from a heart attack near the finish line. He later died at the San Juan Medical Center in Farmington.
"My heart goes out to him and the family," said Dustin Martin, who placed third in this year's 10K. "We were in view and were all really scared."
Through the pain of living without their father, the children of Begay came out to this year's Narbona Classic to pay tribute to their father by donating free tribute T-shirts to the 60-and-over runners who participated in the run because their father would have been 60.
The T-shirts are grey with the word "Hozho" across the middle with Begay electrical company surrounded by arrowheads accompanying the name, Laffie Begay Sr.