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Emiliano [Yano] Navarrette ’98

November 22, 2020 in Manor, Texas, of cancer.

Yano majored in English at Reed, but transferred to the University of Texas at Austin to complete his bachelor’s degree. He returned to Portland for law school at Lewis & Clark, but did not finish that degree. He worked for the Texas Water Commission.

“There are many of us who loved him deeply,” said Eve Lyons ’95. “He had an amazing deadpan humor and was so smart and so insightful in very quiet ways. After Reed, he and I used to play pool at the Id on Division Street. He would always make me laugh and he gave great hugs.”

In his final hours, Yano asked his girlfriend to read him a favorite passage by Socrates, and she reached out to Eve for assistance. “I couldn’t find it,” Eve said, “but Sarah Braun Hamilton ’97 knew it. Is there anything more Reed-like than that?”

“As far as I know,” Sarah said, “he was talking about Socrates’ supposed last words: ‘Crito, we owe a cock to Asclepius; pay it and don’t forget.’”

Yano is survived by his two sisters; his parents, James and Irene Navarrette; his girlfriend, Rahni Nicole Hanley; and his infant son.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2021

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