LaVan Martineau



(adopted Paiute, author & historian)


Douglas LaVan Martineau (went by LaVan) was born in Kanab, Utah on January 3, 1932. He was orphaned at a young age and was taken in by a Paiute man by the name of Edrick Bushhead and was raised as a Paiute.

LaVan married Doris Dorene Kanosh on December 8, 1954 in Manti, Utah, She was from the Koosharem Band of Paiutes. On September 22, 1958, she and her third child died due to a medical mistake during childbirth. They were buried in Plot A.36.07.04A of the Richfield City Cemetery.

Four years later, he married Evalina McFee of the Shivwits Band of Paiutes and they lived in St. George. Seven years later, they divorced but remained friends.

LaVan served in the US Air Force from 1951 to November 1959.

After getting out of the service, LaVan studied Indian rock art and became an expert on the subject. He published some of his work and more is yet to be published.

LaVan died of cancer on February 26, 2000 and was buried in the Shivwits Cemetery.


LaVan's's Parents and Siblings:
    Amon Douglas Martineau
    Mavis Sorenson Martineau
        Douglas LaVan Martineau
        Betty Gayle Martineau
        Donald Ray "Marty" Martineau

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First Wife and Children:
    Doris Dorene Kanosh Martineau
        Dorena Lee Martineau
        Sophia Ann Martineau
        LaVan Martineau Jr.

(12/23/1937-9/22/1958)   (married 12/8/1954)
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Second Wife and Children:
    Evalina Mae McFee Martineau
        Carmen Jean Martineau
        Georgetta Jeanette "Jetta" Martineau
        Shanandoah Jeaneen "Shanan" Martineau  

(xx/xx/1947-xx/xx/1996)   (married xx/xx/1962; divorced xx/xx/1969)
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LaVan Martineau
LaVan Martineau (1950s)
      LaVan Martineau
      LaVan Martineau (older)
      Doris Martineau
      Doris Martineau


The Rock Begin to Speak
Book by LaVan Martineau

Southern Paiutes, Legends Lore Language and Lineage
Book by LaVan Martineau (not yet published)

Video clip of LaVan Martineau   (2:18 minutes)

Video: Sacred Images with Larry Cesspooch & LaVan Martineau   (16:57 minutes)


Author LaVan Martineau webpage

LaVan Martineau Facebook page

Douglas LaVan Martineau (1932-2000) Obituary

Shanandoah "Shannon" Martineau Anderson Oral History Interview on 11/13/2018
Shannon talks about her father, LaVan Martineau, and his life long interaction with Shivwits Band of Paiutes.
Shannon, a member of the tribe, also shares information on the history of her tribe.

Find-A-Grave entry for Douglas LaVan Martineau

Doris Dorene Kanosh (1937-1958) Obituary

Find-A-Grave entry for Doris Dorene Kanosh Martineau