Jd Challenger Obituary, Death – Jd Challenger breathed his last on Tuesday, September 5, 2023. He was 72 years old. This “Ashes to Dust” painting may be found at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, New Mexico.
The artist who painted it also donated it to the memorial. In recognition of Native Americans who served their country during the Vietnam War, the painting may be found hanging in the DWVF Gift Shop, which also sells posters. Our hearts go out to Jd’s family and all of his close friends at this difficult time.
At the unveiling on Memorial Day in May 2002, J.D. Challenger delivered the artwork to Dr. Victor Westphall, who remarked at the time that, “In my view, it’s the best JD Challenger I’ve ever seen.” When we initially broached the subject, he expressed the desire to think of a unique way to honor the service members of our country’s armed forces.
He was able to capture something in the warrior’s face that gave off an air of pride and even an air of superiority. I find that to be quite remarkable. It gives me the impression that Native Americans are not portrayed anywhere near as much as they should be in any way, shape, or form. (From the Taos News, 19 June 2002)
A public Celebration of Life will be held at Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art in Sedona, Arizona over the weekend of October 6th & 7th, 2023, according to an announcement that was posted on Jd Challenger’s Facebook page. At a later time, there will be a memorial service that is strictly reserved for members of the family.
Jd, who was born in Oklahoma, was a gentle giant with a deep enthusiasm for a wide variety of deserving causes. He contributed his time and money to organizations that shed awareness on the injustices that have been inflicted to Native American peoples as well as many animal rescue projects.
In lieu of sending flowers, the family asks that you remember him by making a contribution to the organization of your choice in his name. His family and all of his many, many friends, both online and offline, will miss him very much. (This photograph was taken by Jd Challenger.)