Written by Vicki Viall
Harold Lynn Buck Elk, 59, died Feb. 2, 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“Pahin” was born Nov. 4, 1954, to Alice and Warren Buck Elk in Poplar. He was raised in Fort Kipp and graduated from Brockton High School. He then went on to receive his baccalaureate degree in accounting as well as his associate’s degree in business management from Rocky Mountain College. He received his MBA from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Following his graduation, he returned home and for a short time worked for the Fort Peck Tribes and then for a number of years at West Electronics before establishing Fort Peck Tech Services in May 2004. His goal was to create jobs for the reservation and give back to the people and he was always saying how proud he was of the entire Fort Peck Tech Services staff.
He received recognition for his hard work, such as the Minority Small Business Person of the Year for Region 8 in 2012.
He also enjoyed traveling for work, spending time with his family, catching up and finding out “what’s the latest”, laughing, telling stories, joking around and would also never let you live down any embarrassing moment. He enjoyed eating, hunting, fishing, hide tanning, baking, cooking, sewing and was also a self-taught carpenter and loved building picnic tables and wishing wells.
He was very caring and generous, many turned to him for advice and guidance. He liked to pass on traditions and was always willing to help those that were in need. When others wouldn’t, he believed that everyone deserves a chance. He encouraged and was a huge believer in bettering yourself through education.
Survivors include his sister, Eileen Buckman; brother, Warren Buck Elk Jr.; children, Clayton Dawes, Tiana Eder, Lesley Buck Elk and LaToya Buck Elk; adopted sons, Dimitri Ricker and Andre White Bear; and adopted brother, Enright Big Horn.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Willard Left Hand Thunder and Enwright Left Hand Thunder; and sister, Marilyn Buck Elk.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 8, at the James Black Dog Center in Fort Kipp with interment at the Fort Kipp Cemetery.