Arthur Scott “Art” Begay, 55, went to be with “his Lord and Savior” Christmas Eve, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.
Art was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, on April 17, 1961. He spent his early years in Rapid City and went to Central Indian Bible College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Practical Theology.
There he also met the love of his life Raelene Gladeau. Art and Raelene had three beautiful Children, Jolene Begay-McDonald, Jocelyn Begay-Holm and Josiah Begay. Later in life they adopted Tawny Begay and William Begay. Six years ago Art became the father of Skyden Begay. He was so proud of Skyden and wanted life’s best for his young son.
For many years Art headed up an evangelistic ministry called “Warriors for Christ” and traveled wide ministering to Native venues as well as for Aglow ministries. He was an amazing preacher of God’s word as well as a musician and Native Dancer. Jesus opened doors for Art to bring the gospel world wide.
In the late 1990s, Art worked with then-Mayor Gary Hall of Columbia Falls to put on a large Unity Conference in Kalispell bringing together local politicians and Blackfeet tribal leaders and Salish Kootenai leaders. Gifts were exchanged and forgiveness asked for past sins. It was a wonderful experience for all who attended and was followed the next day by the largest pow wow ever held in Kalispell at Flathead High School, led by Art. People still talk about that event.
Art had a huge heart for native people and ministered Jesus to thousands during his years of ministry. 100 Huntly Street, Trinity Broadcasting Network, and Promise Keepers Million Man March in Washington, D.C. were a few of the platforms he was honored to use as he ministered.
Art fought his war with alcoholism and PTSD for many years. In 2015 he began the journey of renewed sobriety and inner healing. He had a wonderful support team through local churches, counseling and life-long friends.
During his last months on earth and the time spent in the hospital, Art marveled at how happy and fulfilled he was that his children and grandchildren were in his life again and his relationship with Jesus was so good. His grandchildren will miss their “best buddy” and always silly, true friend.
The family had a good laugh at the fact that Art made some grand entrances during his life and how appropriate it was that he left this life on Christmas Eve. The family knows a party was had in heaven as he was “welcomed home in his Father’s arms.”
A celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at Hope Church, 436 Birch Grove Road, in Kalispell. Come prepared to add your favorite picture and or story to the family’s memory book this Friday.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the “Begay Family,” Box 567, Columbia Falls, 59912.