Leo Daniel Plainfeather passed to the Other Side Camp on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2017. He was born in Hardin on July 15, 1945 in Hardin to Leo and Cecelia Half Plainfeather of St. Xavier and Fort Smith. He was known by his middle name Dan or “Porky”, as he was known affectionately by family. He was a member of the Bad War Deeds clan and a child of the Greasy Mouth. Dan attended Hardin High School, receiving his GED in 1968. He was drafted into the U.S. Army on Oct. 4, 1966 and received his boot camp training at Fort Lewis, WA. Eventually he was deployed to Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1972 as a Sargent. He was a ranch hand cowboy at the Mill Iron Ranch, Fort Smith, from his youth and into his adulthood. He was proud that he was a member of a breed of working cowboy crew who did the annual roundup the old- fashioned way by using the Wilcutt Bed Wagon. He also worked on Idaho and Texas ranches, the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma and for a variety of federal agencies. He retired from the National Park Service in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
He married Mardell Hogan on Feb. 9, 1983. Mardell and Dan met when they were 13 years old at Crow Fair 1958 and were sweethearts throughout junior and senior high school. Going separate ways after high school, they found each other again at Crow Fair in 1982.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, his sons Neal Beaumont, Barry and Mike Howe and Laramie (Cabbrina) Plainfeather; his daughters Lorena and Danielle Plainfeather, his brothers Tim (Ella), Willie Plainfeather and Tom (Vera) Half, his sister Susie Half Little Light;, his maternal aunt Edith (George) Reed, Jr.; paternal aunts Ruby Plainfeather, Judy Bryant and Arvilla Plainbull; his paternal uncles Roland and Danny Plainfeather; his adopted children include Timothy (Claudia) Bernardis, LaCroix and Leon Plainfeather and Donald Zier, Jr. He has many grandchildren, nieces/nephews and cousins all of whom he was extremely fond and loved to tease.
Dan was in the process of being adopted into the sacred Tobacco Society by the late Gladys Jefferson who resumed this process when her own mother, Dorothy Jefferson, passed away. From this he considered Kenneth (Fanny) Plenty and Howard (Vivian) Shane as his brothers and Sandy Shield as his sister.
His parents, his brother John, his sisters Rose Marie and Corliss; his sons Stephen (Smitty) Beaumont, Collin Kalapis, daughters Sarah Beth Plainfeather and Marva Howe Knows Gun proceeded Dan in death. His immediate family include the Snell, Half, Reed, White Clay, Old Crow, Not Afraid (Star), Stewarts of Wyola, Little Light, Old Horn, Morrison, Hugs, Iron and Humphrey. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Vincent Hospital for all the care and attention they showered on Leo. It meant so much that everyone enjoyed his friendship!
If we have forgotten any of his family, please forgive us that we are grieving at this time.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday Nov. 7th at 10:00 AM at St. Dennis Catholic Church in Crow Agency. Private burial services with full military honors will be held at a later date.
Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.