Graveside services for 59-year old David Norman Looking Elk are Tues, Nov 3, 2020 at 1:00 PM at the Makasan Presbyterian Cemetery in Oglala, SD, with Elder Donovan Youngman and Pastor John Two Bulls officiating.
Visitation precedes the service from 10:00 – 1:00, also at the Makasan Presbyterian Church in Oglala.
David Norman Looking Elk “Oyate Ob Iyanka” was born on October 19, 1961 to Zona Wounded and Stanley Looking Elk in Pine Ridge, SD. David made his journey to the Spirit World on October 27, 2020 in Loveland, CO.
Dave graduated high school at Pine Ridge High School and was a proud Thorpe, he attended United Tribes Technical College and Oglala Lakota College. Dave worked at Wolf Creek School for over 30 years. He watched a lot of students grow up, graduate and was so proud to be a part of their lives, he loved the students and all his coworkers.
Dave was such a loving friendly guy. He could always be seen with a big smile on his face. He enjoyed his days with his Mikey, joking, wrestling, hugging and hanging out, the joy of his life.
He loved all his nieces, nephews and grandchildren. He had lots of good memories growing up with his grandparents.
Dave was a rare combination of someone who had a love of life and a firm understanding of what was important-the simplicity of living life with those you love. He enjoyed a good football Sunday or a little fishing trip with Mikey.
He will be fondly remembered by his family and friends as a loving father, husband and educator. I can only imagine his happiness when he hugged his mom that he missed so much.
David is survived by his wife, Kimberly Brings-Looking Elk; son, Michael “Mikey” David Looking Elk of Rushville, NE; hunka mother, Thelma Mesteth of Pine Ridge, SD; son, Johnathan David Looking Elk of Rapid City, SD; sisters, Debra (Francis) Jensen of #6 Drywood Community and Karyn Eagle of Fort Yates, ND; nephews, Louis (Sharon) Pulliam and Quentin Jensen both of Pine Ridge, SD, and Jake (Angela) Eagle of Fort Yates, ND; nieces, Natasha Pulliam, Maurina Jensen, and Anne Amiotte all of Pine Ridge, SD, Melissa (Garek) Murphy and Bridget (Andrew) Antell both of Fort Yates, ND, Daphne (Brad) Cottier of Mandan, ND, and Tammy Ghost Bear and Elisha Merdanian both of Pine Ridge, SD.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Zona Wounded and Stanley Looking Elk; grandparents, Victoria (Holy Rock) Looking Elk and Talbert Looking Elk; brother, Lloyd Emerson Looking Elk; and granddaughter, Haley Morrisette.
Pallbearers will be Louis Pulliam, Robert Fire Thunder, Phillip Rowland, Anthony Running Horse, Pat Clifford, Eric Mesteth, David Murphy, and Kyle Brings Plenty.
Honorary pallbearers will be Florentine Blue Thunder & Family, Larry Eagle Bull, Harold Brewer & family, Vince Brewer & family, James Mesteth & family, Kim Haller & family, Kati Novotny & family, Brownie Eagle Bull & family, Bailey Swanson & family,Marvel Reeves & family, Jackie Reeves, Robin, Nicole and Jojo Condon, Thomas Brings & family, Tony Merdanian & family, Harriet Brings and Ailine Maea, Rosemarie Dillingham, Judi Cornelius & family, Brenda Young Man & family, Bobbi Jo Red Cloud-Phelps & family, Bette Red Cloud & family, Toni Red Cloud & family, Alice Brewer-Hunter & family, Connie, Darlene, and Co Twiss & family, Delores Red Feather & Family, Kimmi Yellow Thunder, Norman High Hawk & family, Natalie Lame & family, Pat Clifford & family, Bonnie Brown & Family, All Oglala Lakota County Staff and All Black Hills Dialysis staff and patients, and All friends and family
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD