10254 W. Carlton Bay | Garden City, ID 83714

Chee Yazzie Julian December 14, 1937 - July 23, 2020

Chee was born on December 14, 1937 in Cuba, New Mexico on Navajo Nation land to Jake Julian and Glenna Trujillo. At 12, he moved to Brigham City, Utah where he attended the Intermountain Indian trade school studying to become an upholsterer. He spent his apprenticeship in Nampa, Idaho. He met Ruth Dorine Brown when visiting a friend in Payette, Idaho. They were married on August 31, 1964 in Boise, Idaho and raised three sons, Kevin, Richard (Rick), and Darren, and four daughters, Corena, Cherylee, Cynthia, and Krystal.

Chee loved the outdoors. He could often be found walking the Greenbelt. He often took his family camping, fishing, or picnicking by a body of water. Chee loved watching old westerns on TV and listening to Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, keeping the beat with one fist. He was known for his ready smile and wit, selfless spirit and ingenuity.

Chee was preceded in death by his father Jake, mother Glenna, son Rick, sister Bertha, and brothers  Fred, Dan and Lynn. He is survived by his loving wife Ruth of nearly 56 years, his six children Kevin (Machelle), Darren (Kathy), Corena (Michael) Cottam, Cherylee (Danny) Novielli, Cynthia (Nick) St.John, and Krystal (Adam)Taylor, his sisters Mary Mitchell, Dorothy(Charles) Lanell, and Annie (Greg) Crenshaw, and his brothers Frank(Elizabeth)Julian and Sam Julian. A graveside funeral service will be held on July 28, 2020 at Meridian Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted at Bowman Funeral Home, going toward Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

A graveside service will be held at Meridian Cemetery, July 28, 2020.


  1. REPLY
    Dawn Craner says

    Ruth and family – We were so sorry to hear about Chee. We had loved and appreciated him over many years. We relied on him when we needed upholstering done. Last job he did for us was our boat. We love our memories of your family when we all lived in the 7th Ward. I remember well happy days of going visiting teaching with Ruth. May God comfort and bless you all. Gary and Dawn Craner

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    Holly Erdman says

    I just learned that Chee passed and I am still stunned at the news. Ruth and family my heart goes out to all of you. To know Chee was to love him. He was such a sweet husband, father and friend. I stopped by to see Chee and Ruth a few years ago in their home and Ruth you and Chee were so precious together. I feel bad that my family and I did not have the knowledge of Chee’s passing – we would have been at the graveside services but we didn’t know. I’m sure it was a beautiful service and again my heart goes out to all of you. I pray you are doing well. The wonderful memories you have of Chee I’m sure are comforting. Holly Erdman

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