Armando Lopez was born in Ashland, Oregon and raised in Crescent City, where he graduated from high school. He is a Smith River Rancheria Tribal Member and comes from the big Lopez family. Mary Lopez, Armando‘s grandmother, was a major influence and an important part of his life. Other family members who have been role models for Armando include his mother Robin, his aunt Lynne, and his sister Andromeda. They have taught him to take pride in his family heritage. They are all active with the Rancheria, serving on committees and helping with numerous events.
At the age of 14, Armando traveled to the heart of Mexico with his father. During the two week trip, he met many members of his father‘s family, and learned about the culture of the Latino side of his family.
Armando is the proud father of two-year old Damien. Armando describes Damien as a ―mini me‖, he loves the outdoors, big trucks, and 4-wheeling with his dad. Besides having fun with Damien, Armando spends much of his free time working on his low-rider car. He also has fun hanging out with friends and working on their cars.
As a teenager, Armando‘s first job was working for Harbor View Windows/Heating & Air. He then began working in the logging industry, which is what he considers his true profession. Because of his logging experience, it became his main job when he began working for the Smith River Rancheria‘s Maintenance Department, two years ago. During his time with the Rancheria, Arman-do has also taken Water Operator Training Classes, which may in the future, lead to a position with the Natural Resources Department.
As for other plans for the future, Armando just wants to ―Be happy and live long!!
Submitted by Debbie Boardman, Receptionist