Daniel (Dan) Phillip Dumont 56 was called home on March 6, 2019. Dan was born on March 28, 1962 to France Bud and Madeline Appelhans Dumont in Denver, Colorado where he grew up. Dan was an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Cree tribe in North Dakota and received his education at the Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota, graduating in 1979. While in high school he excelled in tennis, winning many tournaments and trophies. Soon after, he married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Bear Cloud in Sheridan, Wyoming and the couple made their home in Hardin and started their family. Born to them was a daughter Desirae Beth.
The couple moved to Denver Colorado where Dan began his career as a carpenter/painter. In 1987, Dan began working for his dad Bud which allowed him to move his family to Mandan North Dakota, where his son Joshua Joseph was born. While residing in North Dakota Dan received a contract to restore the actual homesite of General George Custer near Bismark, North Dakota. Dan had a brutally honest sense of humor that only a few could appreciate. Before painting the exterior, he painted a spear in front of the house with the words “Custer got Siouxed” in bold letters so he can behold his “masterpiece for a moment” just for his own satisfaction. When a passerby noticed it, they snapped a picture before he could paint over it. The prank nearly cost him the contract, but because he was the best at what he did, he was allowed to finish the project. He restored Custer’s actual homesite beautifully and it still stands today.
Dan had a great love for the outdoors always looking forward to camping, hunting and fishing trips every year with his family and friends, creating memories many will always cherish. It was his love for Montana that led him to move his family to Dunmore and during the many years he resided there, he became a grandparent and retired so that he may enjoy his pride and joy, his grandchildren Tryston, Arissa and Vydell Yellowrobe who he claimed was the reason for his existence.
Dan was the kind of person who was always willing to lend a helping hand and has done something for everyone whether he built you something, cooked for you, mowed your lawn, helped you move or just washed your dishes, he was always there. He was a big part of our lives and what was ours was his. He had a big heart and that heart he gave to the Bear Cloud, Birdinground, Bad Bear, Pryor Children and adopted his nieces Brandi Birdinground and Alisha Pryor; his nephews Jeremiah Dumont, John Pryor and JonGary Old Elk and his sons best friend Simon Garza he raised as his own. He was especially close to his nephews James Messerly and Christopher Bad Bear, Cricket and Chris as he affectionally knew them. His friends and family meant the world to him and he will be greatly missed by many.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marilyn, his sister Audrey Downing, adopted mother Alice Bear Cloud; his very close friends he considered his brothers who had a great impact on his life were Rodney Well Known, Frank Big Medicine, John Strange Owl, Clayton Big Head, Nephi House, Leland Little Wolf, Albert Birdinground, Jason Shane and his in laws who loved him dearly; Joe, Sadie and Clayton Mountain Pocket.
Dan is survived by his daughter Desirae (Chad) Plenty Hoops, son Joshua Dumont; grandsons Tryston and Vydell Yellowrobe, granddaughter Arissa Yellowrobe, adopted daughters Brandi Birdinground and Alisha Pryor; adopted sons Simon Garza and John Pryor; nieces Christine and Amanda Downing, Tasha Dumont, Crystal (Darwin) Spotted, Anda and Linda Birdinground, Jamie (Buddy) Ereaux, Alexis Bear Cloud, Mariah (Kreigh) Fitzpatrick, Domani Bear Cloud and Kimberly (Vance) Takes Enemy; brother in laws that became his brothers, Darrell (Nellie), Jerry (Heather), Joseph (Lorraine) and Frank Bear Cloud and Marvin Wall; sister in laws that became his sisters Christina Bear Cloud, Evangaline Pryor, Elena (Jimmy) Kindness, Pam (Al)
Garza, Berva Chandler, Kendria, Ada Shane, Loretta, Colleen, Gail and Roxanne Well Known.
Funeral Service March 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM Bullis Funeral Chapel. Burial held at the Fairview Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.