Lester Pourier

Funeral services for 89-year old Lester Walter Pourier are Tues, Dec 8, 2020 at 3:00 PM at the Duane Pourier residence 2.5 Miles North of Sharp’s Corner, SD, with Father Ron Seminara, S.J., officiating.

Cremation to follow services with burial to follow at a later date. 

Viewing services precede the funeral Tues from 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM, also at the Duane Pourier residence 

Lester Walter Pourier was born on November 19, 1931 in Pine Ridge, SD to Hobert Pourier and Isabelle (O”Rourke) Pourier.  Lester made his journey to the Spirit World on December 2, 2020 at the Oglala Sioux Lakota Nursing Home near White Clay, NE.

Lester attended high school at Pine Ridge where he met and married Caroline Jacobs on Oct 4, 1950.  In the early 50’s, he moved his family to Igloo, SD, where he worked for the federal government at the Black Hills Army Depot in munitions.  

Lester participated in the Indian Relocation Act and moved to Dallas, TX, where he attended and graduated from the American School of Commercial Art.  Later he moved his family to Los Angeles, CA, and began to seriously look into the field of commercial art.  

Lester was a talented artist.  Growing up in Porcupine, SD, where his father raised horses, he naturally began sketching horses at the age of five.  

Over the years, he painted many acrylic and oil pictures of horses, landscapes of the South Dakota plains, and Native American scenes of people from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

While taking a side job painting a mural in a bar on Hollywood Boulevard, he recalled meeting an Italian artist who happened to be a lead animator at Hanna Barbera Studios.  Lester was invited into the studio to train in the art of animation.  

For fifteen years, Lester worked on many of America’s favorite and most memorable cartoon series including The Smurfs, The Flintstones, Scooby Doo, Tom & Jerry, The Jetsons, and Josie and the Pussycats.  

He even landed a side job working at the Marvel Productions working on the creation of the Garfield cartoon series and also worked for Walt Disney Productions and did animation for the Sonny and Cher show.

His legacy will be as the first Oglala Lakota commercial artist but his beautiful paintings of horses on the South Dakota plains will always be who he was.  

Lester is survived by his children, Debbie Bettelyoun of Pine Ridge, SD, Betty Anne Hunter of Kyle, SD, Arlene (John Haas) Pourier of Kyle, SD, Deneen Pelton of San Diego, CA, Dennis Pourier of San Diego, CA, Lester Pourier of Antioch, CA, and Antonio Pourier of Kansas City, KS; 15 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; 9 great-great grandchildren; brothers, Duane Pourier and Delbert Pourier both from Porcupine, SD; sisters, Lavonna Richards from Umatilla, OR, Deanna Pourier, and Phyllis Pourier of Porcupine, SD; and many nieces & nephews.  

Lester was preceded in death by his parents, Hobert & Isabelle (O’Rourke) Pourier; step-mother, Olivia (Black Elk) Pourier; wife, Caroline (Jacobs) Pourier; sons, Darrell, Dale, & Roger; grandsons, John Bettelyoun and Tate LaCroix; brothers, Dennis Pourer, Cecil Pourier, Clarence (Pat) Pourier, and Curtis Pourier; sisters, Edna Pilcher and Carol Jacobs.  

Pallbearers will be Howard Hunter, Jr., Darrell Hunter, Trevor Bettelyouun, Doug Pourier, Hunter LaCroix, Larry Pourier, Wayne Clifford, Steve Pourier, and Cole Hunter.

Honorary pallbearers will be all Friends & Relatives.  

 Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD