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Vince Shawn Blackwater

06/16/1979 - 09/27/2022
Service Date: 10/05/2022
Service Time: 6:00 AM
Service Location: West Blackwater Cemetery
Visitation Date: 10/04/2022
Visitation Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00PM
Visitation Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel - 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona 85201
Interment: West Blackwater Cemetery

Vince Shawn Blackwater, 43 of Mesa Arizona, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 in Gilbert, Arizona.

Vince was born on June 16,1979 in Shiprock New Mexico into the Bit’ahnni (under His Cover) Clan, Navajo Tribe, born for the Akimel O’odham (Pima) Tribe. Vince graduated from Westwood High School, Mesa, Az.

Vince enjoyed sports, attending the games with family. He was an Arizona Cardinal fan, Boston Red Sox fan and his biggest team was the Los Angeles Lakers, players Magic & Kobe, which he loved since he was a young boy. He enjoyed listening to music. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and his family.

Vince is survived by his sons, Isiah (Kaylyn), Kobe (Camelia), and Justin Blackwater. Grandchildren, Kateri, Bryson and Alana Blackwater. Companion Vanessa Yazzie. Parents Errol and Geri Blackwater. Sister Tawnya (Stanley). Nieces Renae and Shayna Blackwater. Uncles Harold Freeland, Wilburton Oklahoma and Aaron Freeland, Las Cruces NM. Aunt Charlene Freeland, Teec Nos Pos Arizona. Aunts Michelle (Mark)Leos, Vicki and Kim Blackwater. Grandmother Mary Blackwater. Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Vince has a very large family who love him.

Vince is preceded in death by his Grandmother Gail G. Freeland and Grandfather Harold J. Freeland Sr. Aunt Andrea Perkins and Uncle Titus K. Blackwater.

Visitation for Vince will be on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Bunkers Funeral Home, 33 North Centennial Way, Mesa Arizona.

Graveside Services will be on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 6:00 a.m. at West Blackwater Cemetery, 2793 West Arrow Weed Road, Blackwater, Arizona.

The Blackwater Family appreciates all the love, thoughts and prayers received from everyone.

Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • Vince and I were old Jr. and High School buddies we were really close in Jr. High.
    I would go on family trips with the Blackwater Family to Vegas and Vince and I would get in trouble and get kicked out of the casinos all the time cause we were just teenagers. We would bowl the whole time we were there and when I heard the story of him bowling brought back memory of Vince always trying to spin and hook the ball.

    But I will never forget the last time I saw Vince and we haven’t seen each other in years and we picked up right where we left off.
    Gonna miss him he was a great guy and close friend. Hearing his sons speak about him at his memorial brought back a lot of what I remember of Vince.
    Great man
    See you someday old friend. I know when I do see you it will be just like when we last saw each.
    Rest easy Vinny B.

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