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Jan 27, 2013 - Staff
Delphine Clair of Fort Washakie died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Lander Regional Hospital.
He was 83 years old.
Traditional American Indian funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Rocky Mountain Hall at Fort Washakie, with Arlen and Harrison Shoyo Jr. officiating. Interment then followed in the Clair Family Cemetery, Engavo Lane, Fort Washakie.
Delphine Clair was born Sept. 4, 1929, in Fort Washakie, the son of the late Ida Engavo Nacota and Dan Clair.
He lived most of his life on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
He attended the government school in Fort Washakie.
He worked for the BIA police department in 1957. After that he was a game warden for the Shoshone and Arapaho tribes and worked for Shoshone and Arapaho housing and Eastern Shosone Housing.
At the time of his death, he was still employed with the Eastern Shoshone Tribe - Tribal Historic Preservation.
Mr. Clair participated in the One Shot Antelope Hunt, Gift of the Waters Pageant and the Medicine Wheel Alliance. He also helped found Wyoming Indian High School in Ethete.
His family said he enjoyed being around his family, grandchildren and friends, hunting, ice fishing, traveling and watching Western movies.
He also enjoyed watching his grandson Tony play basketball in high school and college. He traveled from state to state just to watch him play.
His family said he was a great man with a great sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Anita Clair; daughters Carmeletta and George Redman, Delta Azbill, Connie Clair and Patricia Clair; sons Jason Clair, Jackson and Tonya Clair and Mike Muniz; sisters Milinda Perry, Vera Buckman and Gwenn Plain Bull; brothers Dan, Walter, Clayton and Larry Old Elk from Crow Agency, Mont.; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins from Wyoming, Utah, Montana and Idaho.
He was preceded in death by his son, Shawn D. Clair; parents Ida Engavo and Dan Clair and Thomas Clair; brothers Tony and Sam Engavo; sisters Lydia Clair, Mable Tinno, Alice Nacota, Iva Nacota and Mattie Engavo Meeks; uncles Harry and Richard Engavo, George and Evelyn Old Elk; aunt Nelly Engavo Clair; grandchildren Winston "Chiefy" Spoonhunter, Sharla Clair, Lawerance Lincoln, Walt Jay Big Knife and Madison Clair; and son-in-law Marvin Azbill.
Services are under the direction of the Hudson's Funeral Home of Lander (www.HudsonsFuneralHome.com).