David 'Chic' Spoonhunter Sr.

Sep 6, 2013 Staff

David "Chic" Spoonhunter Sr., of Arapahoe, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at his home. He was 61 years old.

A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church followed by a wake at 428 Little Wind River Bottom Road. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery.

David Charles Spoonhunter Sr. was born Jan. 4, 1952, in Riverton, the son of David Charles and Molly Potter (Trumbull) Spoonhunter. He attended schools at St. Stephen's Indian Mission and at Riverside in Anadarko, Okla. He attended Central Wyoming College and Chadron State College. He also received training from the Police Academy Intermountain in Brigham City, Utah

After high school he served in the Army and was honorably discharged Jan. 28, 1975.

He lived on the Wind River Indian Reservation and for some time in Denver and Washington.

He worked as a park ranger in Teton National Park, a police officer in for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, a bus driver for St. Stephen's and Wyoming Indian schools, a dialysis technician, a truck driver for BIA roads, an EMT and CAN at Morning Star Manor, and in security at the Wind River Hotel and Casino.

His family said he enjoyed bingo, fishing, reading Western books and watching movies.

He is survived by his sons, David C. Spoonhunter Jr., Darin C. Spoonhunter, Vernon K. Spoonhunter, Leon Spoonhunter and Dexter Spoonhunter; daughter Jolene D. Spoonhunter; and brother Clyde Spoonhunter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Molly, and daughters Davina C. Spoonhunter and Valorie Chavez.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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