Paul David Spotted Horse, Jr., 60 from Hardin, Iitaatbahilish (Works Alone) given to him by his father-in-law, Owen Snell passed away surrounded by his family to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Feb, 21, 2018, at the Crow Hospital. He fought a courageous battle with cancer for two years. He was a member of the Zion II Church, and a member of the Piegan and a child of the Big Lodge Clan.
He lived in Lodge Grass, then moved to St. Xavier and started working for Pretty Eagle Catholic School. Then he moved to the family home south of Hardin with his wife, daughters and grandkids. He loved the country life where he can be around horses.
Paul was born on April 14, 1957, to Charlotte Yarlott and Paul David Spotted Horse, Sr. in Crow Agency, Montana. He was an avid hunter who lived in the Big Horn Mountains every summer when his grandfather, Eugene Yarlott who was a lookout man. His love for the mountains was so instilled in him from then on, he went hunting every chance he had, or just to drive around and enjoy the scenery. During the winters he and his brothers, uncles and friends would go hunt, going down the canyon by way of the famous Soldiers Trail.
He attended Lodge Grass and Hardin High Schools where he played football and basketball, later he received his GED. He attended MSU-B (Eastern Montana College) for two summers where he studied Elementary Education. He was raised by Mary Bonko at Benteen, Marvin and Regina Spotted Horse Stewart at Spear Siding in his early years. He worked as a bus driver for the Pretty Eagle Catholic School for over 20 years, where he transported many, many students and they called him “hey bus driver”. He was awarded the Bus Driver of the Year on several occasions. He worked as a housekeeper for the Crow Hospital for about three years, then worked for the Hardin Generation Plant for about eight years. He also worked for Crow Tribal Housing Authority for four years. He was elected as the Big Horn District Legislator in 2013 and was re-elected for his second term in November 2017. From these employments he made many friends, who he still kept in contact with and he cherished every friend.
Paul enjoyed playing independent basketball, softball and horseshoes. His favorite past time was watching old western movies, like Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Virginian and the Lone Ranger, as well as other western movies.
He helped his father-in-law with his race horses and they traveled around the state to different race meets. Then he gave him his race horse, Safe Habit, who won at the Yellowstone Downs on July 4, 1988. Then in September 2015 his race horse, Works for Silver, took first at the Idaho State Fair, these were two of his proudest moments.
Paul loved riding horses with his grandchildren and wanted all of them to have their own horses. He loved to watch his son, Garrell, when he was following the Indian Relay circuit and made sure he had everything he needed. He traveled to Fort Hall, Idaho, Waterville, Washington, and other circuit relay races. Also, his granddaughter, Shelby, raced in the maiden races and he was very proud of her because she started when she was only 14 years old and used his race horse, Works for Silver.
His parents, sister Phyllis, his maternal and paternal grandparents, aunts Vicky Crooked Arm, Linda Ten Bear, Alma Cashen, Elsie Leider and uncles Franklin “Tee” Redwolf and Chuck Yarlott preceded Paul in death.
Survivors include his wife Roberta of 41 years; daughters Owena, Paula, and Shelby; sons Garrell and Brandon; grandchildren, Kyle Todd, Gabriel, Laynee, Chelsey, Kalsey, Joey, Robson, Joseph, Vaeda, Averymae, Kenyonn, Isaac, Kanin, Kaylee, Miley, Miam, Kadee, Kaleb, Devin, Aleigha, Dana, Timothy, Narissa, Orrie, Aaron Arion, Peyton, Kayloni, Kyra, Keen, Jude, TJ, Zion, and Arturo. Sisters, Pauletta (Terry) Birdinground, Carolyn (Leon) Pretty Weasel, Janelle (James) Daychild, Beverly (Ron) Gramling, Mary (Tom) Wartenslaben, Alfredine (Mike) Takes Enemy, Annie, Janice, and Victoria Snell. Brothers, Oliver (Lorna), Thomas (Geri), David (Beth) Yarlott Jr. and Thomas (Karna) Yarlott. Friends he took as his brothers, Chip Watts, CJ Not Afraid, Kendall Old Horn, LT Hugs, Johnny Stewart and Henry Little Light; uncles Alvin (Lucille) and Aaron (Althea) Yarlott; aunts Mary Bonko, Rozalia (Garrett) Stewart, Marcia (Benito) Brown, Tori (Oliver) Half, Delmyrna and Olive Yarlott, Adella Spotted Horse and Regina Stewart; grandfather David Yarlott Sr.; grandmothers Caroline Morrison and Carol White Clay; numerous nieces and nephews. Extended family Mickey and Meta Stewart children, Yarlott, Morrison, Old Bear, Hugs, Carpenter, Williamson, Stewart, Doyle, Pease, Goes Ahead, Decrane, Old Horn, Humphrey, Pretty Paint, Medicine Horse, Bull Chief, Other Medicine, Plenty Hawk, Young Bird, Yellowhorn, Frederick, Plenty Hoops, Don’t Mix, Whiteman, White Fox families.
The family would like to thank Dr. Lucas and the Frontier Cancer Center and Dr. Singh and the nurses at the Crow Hospital for all the care they provided for Paul.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Monday in the Crow Agency Multi-Purpose Building. Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.