Kirby Wayne Tenijieth of Cedar Creek, Arizona passed away on February 28, 2021 in Mesa, Arizona. Kirby was born on March 19, 1982 in Phoenix, Arizona to his mother, Mary Jane (Ethelbah) Johnson and father, Chris Tenijieth. He attended school at John F. Kennedy and graduated from Alchesay High School-Class of 2002. His work experience includes participating in a work program with Utility Authority and Bashas Store as a Stocker.
Kirby was an eager sports fan and enjoyed watching professional and collegiate sports, his favorite was the U of A Wildcats, not to mention his all-time favorite the Alchesay Falcons.
He enjoyed doing tricks with his yo-yo. He loved the outdoors with fishing and camping. He fished the lakes and streams of the White Mountain Apache land and Arizona. Kirby enjoyed cooking and desired to become a chef. He was a kind and gentle person with a great sense of humor, making others laugh by telling jokes and teasing.
His survivors include his stepfather, Victor Johnson; sister, Christa Tenijieth; stepbrother, Timothy Johnson, Goddaughter, Ann Marie Hill; aunts Virginia Altaha, Francine Leonard, Sarah Sanchez, Norma Henry and Iva Tenijieth; uncle, Thomas Tenijieth Jr.; and many cousins, relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Harvey and Malcolm W. Ethelbah and paternal grandparents, Thomas Sr and Ethel Tenijieth.
A viewing will be held Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Dream City Church-White Mountains, 4703 Vallery Lane in Lakeside, Arizona. Burial at 2:00 p.m. at R-14 Cemetery in Cedar Creek, Arizona. Services officiated by Pastor Alvin Martinez, Cedar Creek Assembly of God Church.