David S. Demarce, “Toka Kin Mohen Iye” (Rides Into The Enemy) of Fort Totten, ND passed onto the Spirit World on Wednesday evening, July 3, 2013 at his home. He was 49 years old.
A Wake for David will be held at the Fort Totten Recreation Center, Fort Totten on Sunday, July 7th beginning at 5:00 p.m. with a Rosary and Scripture Service at 7:00 p.m. The procession to Fort Totten will leave at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday from Wal-Mart.
Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Fort Totten. Fr. Brian Moen will celebrate the Mass and burial will be in St. Jerome’s Catholic Cemetery, Crow Hill, ND.
Active Pallbearers for David will be Kevin Brown, Keith Brown, Craig Brown, Todd Yankton, Joel Cavanaugh, Doug Yankton, Justin Yankton, Chad Demarce, Dasan Alberts, Josh Colon, Nathaniel Demarce, Brian Thunder, Leonard Fox, Milo Smith-IronBear and Jimmy Summers.
Honorary Bearers are Benjy Thompson and family, Winfield Thompson and family, Jake Thompson and family, Alene Ross and family, Andy Demarce Sr. and family, Josie Lawrence and family, Lois (RedElk) and Dennis Reed, Elaine Summers, Iris All Runner and family, Joyce Tomahawk and family, Karen GreyEyes and family, Susie Rainbow and family, Russel RedElk, Sharon and Perry Mudgett and family, Nathan and Marilyn Smith, Mona Leftbear and family, Angel Wanna, Darrell Smith, Tessie Brown, Ernestine and Charles Foote, Joanne Smith and Paul Yankton, Dana Yankton Sr., Ivan Lovejoy, Sr., Kenny Baker Sr., James Robertson Sr., Jerry Robertson, Patsy Hart and family, Frank and Arlene de la Paz and family, Donald Belgarde Sr., Tino White, Ila Mason, Jesse Mason, Kelly Mason, Terry and Toni Halsey, Patrick Cavanaugh, John and Bonnie Wells, Merle IronHawk, Cheryl IronHawk, Bentley Greybear, Marty Alex, LaRon and Denny Greywater, Paul and Robin Lawrence, Tracy “Buzz” Charboneau, Russell McDonald and family, Chelsea Lawrence, Sean Lambert, Jaime Belgarde, Iris Cavanaugh, Trina Brownshield, Sarah Bergeron, Joanie and Perry Cavanaugh, Leah Cook, Bob Charboneau, Jeannie and Connie Charboneau, Al McKay, Michelle Wanna, Kristi and Robert Thompson, Sean Gourd, Oliver Gourd II, Jerry Jensen, Midge Jensen and family, LaVonne Alberts and family, Winona Fox and family, Robert Lawrence Jr., Marie Martin, Bernadette Brown, Tara Fox, Tony and Vina McDonald and family, Duane Jackson Sr., Duane Jackson Jr., Reba Mack, Cassandra Cloud and the Thompson Families from the Lake Traverse District at Sisseton, South Dakota.
Music will be provided by Tony and Vina McDonald and all Drum Groups are welcomed.
David Sylvester, son of Sylvester and Myrna (Smith) DeMarce was born on November 4, 1963 at Cleveland, Ohio. He grew up in the Fort Totten area and was educated there, graduating Valedictorian from Fort Totten High School with the class of 1981.
David was a “hogringer”. He worked at several casinos, usually as a Black Jack dealer, including the Dakota Sioux Casinos in Tokio, St. Michael and Watertown, South Dakota. When he returned to North Dakota, he continued to work at the casinos, attended the Cankdeska Cikana Community College where he received his Associate of Arts Degree in Business and also served as an instructor at CCCC. He then worked in finance for the Spirit Lake Tribe and also worked at the “Dakota Journal” (the Spirit Lake Nation Newspaper). Most recently, David was employed at the Spirit Lake Casino and Resort.
David was very talented as a “Traditional Dancer” and as a drummer and singer with the “Eagle Tail Singers”. His talent didn’t stop there. David also did beautiful beading, drawings and creating the beadwork and other accessories for dance costumes. He enjoyed the outdoors and fishing and hunting.
We will greatly miss our beloved Dad, son, grandpa, uncle, brother, nephew and dear friend.
David leaves behind to mourn his death, his mother, Myrna; sons, Trestan (Nicole) Demarce and Marshall (Jordyn) Demarce; grandchildren, Seth, Mitchell, Hailen and Hailie; special nieces, Lailah, Chloe and Zoey; brother, Marshall (Molly) Demarce; sisters, Dawn, Melanie, Vanessa, Leah, Roanna and Mary Demarce; aunts, Theresa Brown, Joanne (Paul) Smith and Ernestine (Charles) Foote; uncles, Darrell Smith and Nathan (Marilyn) Smith; many nieces and nephews.
David was preceded in death by his father, Sylvester; grandparents, Ernest and Agatha Smith and Frank Demarce and Rose (Wakaksan) Mallard.