Blaine James Small

Thursday, July 14, 2022

On July 7, 2022, Blaine James Small of Rotten Grass Creek, Montana rode to the other side camp, after a long illness. Blaine was the grandson of the late Thomas Lemuel Small and Josephine Rondo Small and the late Blake Whitemanrunshim, Sr. and Florence Blaine. He was born July 25, 1951 to Ivan J. Small and Pauline Whitemanrunshim-Small. Blaine received his Crow name “Good Hymn Singer” from John Greybull and his Northern Cheyenne name “Bird Trail” from John Stands in Timber.

Blaine was appreciative of all the thoughts and prayers shared over the last few years. Blaine was blessed with large extended families both on the Whitemanrunshim and Small families, so he decided to only name a few here. Blaine was preceded in death by his parents, his God parents John and Polly Cummins, brother Eugene Thomas Small, Dennis Shoulder Blade and Anthony Foote, Sr.; Uncles Blake Whitemanrunshim, Jr. and Aunt Clara Whitemanrunshim, daughter Lynn Hugs and grandson Tye LaFranier.

Blaine married Linda Pattyn and was later divorced. They had two children Paula and Clinton. Blaine married Beldean Hugs on November 30, 1991. Blaine took Beldean’s children LaVern, Lynn, Danielle and Elias as his own. Blaine and Beldean later adopted Ray Champ into the family.

Blaine was a person of many interests ranging from agriculture, rodeos, sports, hunting, fishing, and Crow politics just to name a few. His number one interest was watching his children raise their own families. All the grandkids and great-grandkids are his favorite. He took great pride and pleasure in watching his family ranch, some rodeoing and some playing sports. Some moments Blaine is especially proud of his grandson Ray-Quan Evans winning two Montana State Class AA High School Basketball Championships as a Skyview Falcon, playing for Northern Idaho and the Florida State University Seminoles for 3 years and recent draft pick to play overseas for a Swedish team; granddaughter Arena Plenty playing basketball and rodeoing for Dawson Community College and grandson Codi Small winning a Montana State Class A Basketball Championship as a Hardin Bulldog; grandchildren Arena and Gunner Plenty winning several roping and All-Around saddles. Two nephews Walker Small winning two Indian National Finals Championships and Kaydin Small winning several team roping titles; brother Ivan Blake and niece Courtney Small winning the Indian National Finals Sr. and Ladies Breakaway Championships respectively. Son Clinton served four years in the Marine Corps. Son Ray announced many NRA, Pro-Rodeo and Indian National Finals Rodeo events. Blaine was especially proud the night he won the Sr. Breakaway Roping go-round and Arena won the Jr. Breakaway Roping go-round together at the Indian National Finals Rodeo in 2013.

Blaine is survived by his loving wife Beldean, granddaughter Jada (Stephen Red Wolf) Plainfeather and greatgrandson Ermias Cole Red Wolf; Children – Joen (Dana Wilson) White, Lavern (Israel) Evans, Paula (Len) Plenty, Clinton (Lucinda) Small, Ray (Jimi) Champ, Danielle Plainfeather, and Elias Plainfeather; his favorite sister-cousin, Vivian (Dave Phillips) Small-Schindler; Cousins – Roseline Hill-Yellowmule, Lou Merchant, Sharon Stands, Angela Russell, Ramona Real Bird, Joan Whitemanrunshim; Sisters – Ruby (Larry) Hart, Veronica (Sid) Eastman; Brothers – Simon (Mary) Small, Ivan Blake (Lucille) Small, John (Francine) Small, Henry (Sarah) Small; Adopted brother/sister Kevin and Carrie Old Coyote; UNCLES – Clinton (Jackie) Small of Birney, Johnny Small of Kirby, and Floyd Horn of Lodge Grass. Numerous Grandchildren & Great-Grandchildren; Nieces and Nephews of the Stewart, Blacksmith and Packs The Hat of Lodge Grass and Small Families. Blaine is also survived by lifetime friend Carson “Cork” (Maime) Yellowtail, the Bruisedhead family of Canada and the Charlie & Viola Colombe family of South Dakota long time friends of the Small family; Extended Families include Whitemanrunshim, Small, Rondo, Spotted Horse, Horn, Blaine, Cummins, Rides the Whitehip Horse, Bullchief, Fredericks of North Dakota, Tibbets and O’Rourkes from South Dakota.

Blaine’s final resting place will be on a ridge up Rotten Grass Creek near the family home where he enjoyed many years of ranching, watching Crows travel up the Big Horns and where Blaine harvested several bull elk in his younger years. He will be laid to rest there on July 26, 2022.