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Darrell J. Tillman

Darrell J. Tillman

Jul 16, 1981 - Apr 15, 2011
Darrell J. Tillman of Fort Washakie died in an accident north of Fort Washakie early Friday morning, April 15, 2011. He was 29.

Traditional Native American Church funeral services are at 10:00 a.m on Wednesday, April 20, at the Rocky Mountain Hall at Fort Washakie. Interment follows at the Sacajawea Cemetery in Fort Washakie.

A wake will start at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, at 164 Cameahwait, Fort Washakie.

Darrell James Tillman was born in Lander on July 16, 1981, the son of Clarence Bruce and Pearl Ann Tillman. He was a member of the Shoshone Tribe and his Indian name was Windin.

He attended schools in Lander, Fort Washakie and Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota, playing basketball, football, and wrestling while in school. He grew up at Fort Washakie, lived most of his life there, and was named the "Little Brave" at the 1987 Crowheart pow-wow.

He attended the Fort Washakie Baptist Church, the Native American Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints. Mr. Tillman was an artist, specializing in ink drawing.

He worked as a lifeguard at the Chief Washakie Plunge at Fort Washakie, was a security guard for the casino in Flandreau, S.D., groundskeeper for the Arapaho Sundance for three years with Lucy Fox, and worked security for the Shoshone Indian Days.

Mr. Tillman was a sundance runner and participated as a traditional dancer, traveling to many states to dance.

His family said that while he liked to draw everything, clowns were his favorite. They said he liked hanging out with his friends, played stick games, and enjoyed carpentry, making table, speaker boxes, and picture frames.

Survivors include his parents, Clarence of Belcourt, North Dakota, and Pearl of Fort Washakie; grandmothers, Vina Ingawanup, Ophelia Enos, and JoAnna Tillman; a brother, Dale Tillman of Fort Washakie; nieces,Paige Tillman, Frances Not Afraid, and LaVerta Tillman; cousins, Mike Hill, Finn Hill, Jake Hill, Austin Hill, Wilson Hill, Wind River LeBeau, Little Wind River LeBeau, Terry Tillman, Windin Tillman, Missy Hill, Britanni Eagle, Edith Hill, and Irene Hill; aunts and uncles, Rachael Yonastrosa, Rodeen Ingawanup, Donna Tillman, Sterling Hill, Linda Tillman, Theresa Lopez, Steven Tillman, Don Tillman, Lynn Tillman, Nieman Tillman, Clifton Tillman, Tilton Tillman, Verlin Gould, Druscella Gould, Delphina Gould, Stanford Hill, and Isabelle Arrive.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Frances Tillman; grandfathers, Danny Tillman and Austin Gould; aunts, Connie and Viola Tillman, Regina Hill, Audrey Bearing, and Angel Hill; uncles, Linford Tillman, Wilford Hill, Sr., Herbert Tillman; great uncle, Charles Soonup; cousin, Wilford Hill, Jr.

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Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.