OBIT Louiebw webLloyd Lawrence Louie, 77, passed away Oct. 2.

Lloyd, nicknamed “Autidee,” was born June 10, 1936, on the Burns Paiute Reservation, the youngest of 10 children of the late Jimmy and Marion Louie, and was delivered by his oldest sister, Justine.

Lloyd grew up on the Burns Paiute Reservation, where he attended the Indian school that, unfortunately, burned down. He worked for Edward Hines Lumber Mill, in the fields picking potatoes, for Walt McEwen as a ranch hand, and, eventually, started working for the tribe as an alcohol and drug counselor. He worked as a counselor for many years, helping those in need. In 2008, he began working security for the Old Camp Casino, and eventually retired in 2010.

Lloyd served on the Tribal Council over the years, and became a member of the Old Time Fiddlers. He loved playing his guitar and fiddle. He also enjoyed playing in jam sessions with anyone willing to play. He would sing along to Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Sr., and liked country and gospel music. Lloyd’s life-long dream of becoming a country music singer never transpired, but his love of music never died. As a young man, a trip to Portland led him to meet legendary country singer George Jones. He met him while Jones was performing in Portland, and he entered the backstage area, where he asked Jones if he could play his guitar. Jones said, “Yes,” and so he did.

One of the highlights of his life was in the 1950s when Lloyd began boxing (in the bantam weight category), and was invited to the Golden Gloves boxing tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York. He would always talk about that great experience, and meeting a young boxer named Cassius Clay, aka Muhammad Ali, while he was in an elevator heading to his bout in Seattle, Wash. He also met another great Native American athlete, Jim Thorpe, while in Seattle who was handing out the boxing trophies to the winners. Lloyd received the “Hard Luck” trophy, a trophy given to those who didn’t win their bout to the championship fight. He would also talk about the first time he met George Foreman at the Job Corps camp, known as the Radar Base today.

He was coached by Mars Osa and Bill Thornburg. His boxing days allowed him to travel all over the country, including Seattle, Billings, Mont., Chicago, Ill., and Ohio. He and Clifford Sam, Larry Richards, Bobby and Keith Capps, and Don Hawley were the only Native American boxers of their boxing club. Lloyd started as an amateur boxer, and eventually went professional, coming out of Idaho. Later in life, he became a member of the All-American Boxing Club in 1999, and went on to coach many young boys and girls in boxing. He always looked forward to the boxing events, and traveling to various places for boxing shows. The All-American Boxing Club was started by Lloyd and Ervin Peck to help youth become interested in something besides drugs and alcohol. They did fundraisers for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, the Red Cross and local youth.

On Feb. 14, 1982, Lloyd married Rosalie, and would become step-dad to Wayne, Matthiew, Donna, Leanne, Rick and Dave. He was also a foster parent to Emily and Amanda.

Lloyd enjoyed drawing amusing pictures of people and places, and liked to joke around. He was a practical joker. He enjoyed playing his guitar, liked to go fishing with his friend, Clifford Sam, and liked to play his fiddle at the Old Time Fiddlers Jamboree.

His last musical performance was at the Gathering Center in the Paiute Talent Show, and he performed Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.”

Lloyd is survived by his wife, Rosalie Louie; nieces and nephews, Anna Deboard and family, Myra Peck and family, Angela Smartt and family, Theresa Peck and family, Julie Peck and family, David Peck and family, Violet Peck and family, Shelley Richards and family, Todd Richards and family and Jody Richards and family; six stepchildren; and numerous stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jimmy Louie and Marion Smoke Jim Louie; brothers, Earl Louie, Francis Louie and Baxter Louie; sisters, Juanita Louie, Justine Louie-Brown, Ethel Louie, Virginia Louie, Imogen Schallapie and Myrtle Louie-Peck; and a stepdaughter.

Donations in Lloyd Louie’s memory may be made to the Burns Paiute Tribe, Tu – Wa – Kii Nobi — the Kids’ House.

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