Curtis Paul Wallette, Arapaho Chief, was born October 29th, 1976. He went to be with the Lord on July 20th, 2019. He was 42 years old. He always let people know he was a proud member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe.
Curtis was a gift to his parents, Robert and Debbie, and came to them as a foster child at the age of three. His bond in brotherhood with Joshua was immediate. The two of them grew up together, side by side, with many of the same friends and interests. When Curtis was five, Robert and Debbie were given the opportunity to adopt him, which gave their family a true sense of happiness and completion. Over time, he was blessed with many more siblings, Joseph, Brandi, Tamra, Sequoia, and Dakota. Curtis had a special love and bond with each of them.
Throughout his life, Curtis attended many schools, ultimately graduating from Billings Senior High School in the spring of 1996. He prided himself in being a straight A student with the ability to adapt to new people and new environments. After high school Curtis spent some time traveling and working hard. His passion for school and achievement ultimately brought him back home to attend Montana State University Billings, where he earned a dual bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing and Management in 2012. During his time there, he earned several competitive awards. The undergraduate awards that he was most fond of were the national awards for his “NDN Translationsapparel” and “Dance of the Sun” business plans with the American Indian Business Leadership program that werereceived in Phoenix in 2009, and 2011 and ranking #3 in the world with CAPSIM business simulations in 2010. Curtis had a tremendous love for the CAPSIM simulation and would never settle for being #3. In 2013, Curtis went on to pursue his MBA at the University of Montana in Missoula, where he was given the opportunity to compete again. He put the University of Montana on the map by taking home #1 in the WORLD in the spring of 2013.Curtis would go on to graduate with his master’s degree in business administration 2015.
Curtis’ value for education, achievement, and fitness set an amazing example for his children. Through his travels and prior to beginning his collegiate career, Curtis met Traci Wilson in Rapid City, S.D. The two were married in 2006 and from that union he was blessed with his daughter, Kylee Ann, and his son, Chance Lakota. He loved his children with everything he had. He and Kylee loved to travel together and go on adventures as much as possible when he had her during the summer vacation months.
In 2011, amid his undergraduate degrees, Curtis met his best friend and companion Megan Voss. In keeping with his strong beliefs and family values, he took her two sons, Caeleb and Aaden Evans to be his own. He has gifted them with a true sense of family, and strength and guidance that will serve them well in the years to come. They made many cherished memories together that will never be forgotten.
Curtis is preceded in death by his birth mother, Diana Bella Roberts, his son, Chance Lakota Wallette, his brother, Chase Anthony Wallette, his maternal grandparents, Sylvester and Marie Knows His Gun, and paternal grandparents Joseph S. Wallette, and Carlene F. Steele.
Curtis is survived by his companion Megan A. Voss, his sons Caeleb and Aaden Evans, his daughter Kylee Ann Wallette, his parents Robert and Debbie Wallette, his brothers Joshua and Joseph (Tanya) Wallette, and Dakota Knows His Gun-Wallette,his sisters Brandi, Tamra and Sequoia Knows His Gun-Wallette, his uncles Sylvester, Daniel (Lorna), Porter (Ann) Knows His Gun, Dennis McCormick, Billy and Charles Wallette, his aunties Janice and Rebekah Knows His Gun, Miriam (Jon) Beartusk, Sharlene Roundface, Lujuana Plainfeather, and Mary Plainfeather-Gayton, nephews Jaxon Nightwalker, Joseph and Lyght Wallette, and Matteo Putra, nieces Aaliyah Gray, Shadie, Lola, Ciara and Koan Wallette.
Curtis was raised in a loving Christian home, where he enjoyed singing songs of faith and hope. No matter how far Curtis traveled he always knew how to get in touch with the Lord, Jesus Christ. We will miss our son, brother, uncle, dad, partner, and friend very much. Curtis had an infectious smile and a contagious laugh that we will miss, as well. My son, we will see you again.
*Our family is large, if we have forgotten anyone in our time of grief, please accept our apology.