PRYOR – Gordon Plain Bull (Baapamakoo – Towering Sacred Plant), 75, of Pryor, who led sacred ceremonies for the Crow Tribe, died at Billings Clinic after a short illness on Feb. 14, 2012.
He was born July 28, 1936, in Pryor, a son of Frank Plain Bull and Elsie Rides Horse. He was raised by family members, including a grandfather, Stanley Rides Horse; an aunt, Marie Rides Horse; John and Elizabeth Smart Enemy and Edward Posey Sr.; and Josephine Whiteman.
While he was living with Ms. Rides Horse, the family moved from Pryor to Crow Agency, then to Billings and finally back to Pryor. He attended schools in Pryor and played basketball at Edgar High School.
He joined the Army Airborne Division in 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1957.
He was married to Phyllis Rock Above from 1968 till her death in 2006. He later married Jacquelyn L. Stewart of Wyola.
Mr. Plainbull was a member of the Ties the Bundle Clan and a child of the Big Lodge Clan. He was adopted into the Tobacco Society by the late Inez (Andrew) Birdinground. He was a Daytime Society Drumstick Carrier, an owner of the Sacred Tobacco Lodge and a leader of religious sacred ceremonies. He was also a member of Pryor Faith Baptist Church.
He worked for the Great Western Sugar Co. and for Pryor Schools as a custodian and bus driver and retired at the age of 62. He was elected to serve on the Pryor school board for 14 years.
In October 2006, he was awarded the Marvin Heintz Gold Award by the Montana School Board Association for his commitment to education. He was also appointed to the Montana Indian Caucus. He held numerous positions for the Crow Tribe and was a cultural advocate at the time of his death.
He traveled to powwows and was champion singer at a powwow in Canada. He frequently sang at giveaways, celebrations and at the Crow Fair Parade Dance.
Survivors include children, Gordon Jr. “Gordy” of Indiana, Lyman, Lilly Jefferson and Julia “Seja” Plain Bull, all of Pryor, and Lonnie of Rocky Boy; 11 grandchildren; sisters, Addlee Eckhart, Lavanna Bird, Karmelita Plain Bull, Clara Big Lake, Charlotte Martell and Emma Richardson; and a brother, Alvie Plain Bull.
Services were Feb. 18 at Plenty Coups High School in Pryor. Burial was in Pryor Cemetery. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.