GREEN GRASS – David (Bud Jr.) Dupris, 39, journeyed to the Spirit World on Monday, January 14, 2019 at the Avera McKenna Hospital in Sioux Falls.
David Bud Dupris Jr. Pa Tanka (Big Head) was born on September 27, 1979 to Veltina (White Dog) and David R Dupris Sr. “Buddy Boo” in Eagle Butte.
“Baby Boo” was the youngest sibling to Joseph Gilbert and Nancy Ann. He grew up on the Moreau River in the community of Green Grass. He attended school at Cheyenne Eagle Butte, graduating in 1998.
David was a man that could not be tied down, the world awaited his mark. After high school graduation in 1998 to 2001, he attended CAC (Centeral Arizona College) in Case Grande, Ariz. alongside his brother Joe. During 2001 to 2003 he joined his brother-in-law, teaming up to work tying rebar in Sioux City, Iowa. Teaming up again David and brother-in-law began working at Prairie Knight Casino as a cashier in 2003 to 2004. Junior decided being a mechanic was the next move, he enrolled in UTTC (United Tribes Technical College) in 2004 to 2006. Little did he know his world would change for the better, he would give the reins to his best friend. In the summer of 2004 he met Colette Brown Otter and their love story began.
Suffering the loss of “Bud” in 2004 and Grandma Mary in 2005, his world changed again. Settling into his new life with Colette, in 2006 he became a butcher at Dan’s Supermarket in Bismarck, N.D. David and Colette moved home in 2007 to Green Grass, returning to ranching and rekindled his love for the horses. He began volunteering in 2008 at Sparky’s in Isabel, where the locals knew him for his chef skills and his beans. Life on the prairie is ordinary to most but some find tremendous peace and enjoyment, then you add the little things in life – his little things were black and white western movies, listening to music and the limitless genres, Huge-Die Hard DUKE & YANKEES fan, grew to like the NFL Colts. In 2014, the loss of mom ‘Tina’ was a devastating impact. Life would not be the same.
David left us on January 14, 2019 – leaving this world to journey on. Colette and Nancy by his side, along with the rest of us, left in shock. No time to say good bye, but Lakota don’t say good bye, it’s always Toksa Ake (We will meet again).
David left behind, his loving wife, his best friend Colette; sister Nancy Ann (Terrick) and brother Joe (LeeAnna) of Case Grande, AZ; Aunties – Barbara Dupris, Carol(Tom) Knight, Connie Dupris, Wilma (Larrabee) Straighthead, Sharon (Fran) Vogel, Marcy (Ted) Miner; Uncles – Kermit (Nancy) Dupris, Fred Dupris, Dana (Wynema) Dupris; Cousins – Joleen, Denise, Derick “DJ”, and Rachel Straighthead, Dale Larrabee, Lynette Lovejoy, Kathy Silk, Rhea Bruguier, Delwayne “Poncho” Larrabee. Nephews – Adonis Runs After, Tyler and Brent Tashquinth, Wesley Larrabee. Nieces – Sheridan Diamond and Mariam Elizabeth Runs After, Rikki and Tina Dupris, Sabrina Dupris, Megan, Alyssa and Taylor Larrabee. Special Godchildren – Wakinyan Bear Stops and Kaylynn “Boo” Watson.
Dave is joining his parents David “Bud” Dupris Sr. and Veltina (White Dog) Dupris; grandmothers Mary Ida Larrabee, Marian (High Elk) Egna, Cordelia Dupris; grandfathers – Wilmar Dupris Sr., Joseph “Lala Joe” Blue Coat. Uncles – Casey “Big Case” Dupris, Douglas Dupris Sr. Cousin – Douglas “Baby Doug” Dupris Jr. Many relatives too numerous to mention.
Funeral services were held on Monday, January 21, 2019 at the Cheyenne River Hall in Eagle Butte, with Reverend Gerald Yellow Hawk, Minister Helene Circle Eagle and Pastor Moses Havo officiating, Cremation followed under the direction of the First Nations Oster Funeral Home of Mobridge.
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