Reno-Sparks Indian Colony mourns passing of William Coffey

William Coffey, 1930-2016. Photo from

William Coffey, Jr., a veteran who served 22 years on the council of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony in Nevada, died on January 24. He was 86.

Coffey served numerous terms on the council between 1955 to 2000, The Reno Gazette-Journal reported. He followed in the footsteps of his father, who was a council member and former chairman of the tribe.

“He was a great ambassador for our tribe. He was more of a quiet man, he wasn’t real talkative,” Chairman Arlan Melendez told the paper. “He was more reserved, a more humble man. He was a good listener, he listened to you and then he would talk.”

Coffey was a veteran from the U.S. Marine Corps.

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