Written by The Wolf Point Herald
Phillip Dale Smoker Sr., “Wabaha,” “War Lance,” 60, of Frazer, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, in Roy, Utah.
He was born Jan. 12, 1952, in Poplar to Pauline Roberts Smoker and Allen “Sonny” Smoker.
He grew up in Frazer where he also attended school. He loved to play sports and excelled in basketball and track. He loved the game of basketball and was a great supporter of the Bearcubs.
At the age of 14, he met Rosalie Jackson and they were married Feb. 20, 1974. To this union, seven daughters and one son were born.
He was a very hard worker and had many jobs, from which he learned many skills throughout his lifetime. He worked in law enforcement as a police officer for the Fort Peck Tribes. He also worked as a carpenter, in the oil fields and as a custodian/bus driver at the Frazer School. He later was a bus driver/janitor for the Frazer Head Start Center for over 20 years until he retired. He also drove the BIA firefighters for numerous years and drove the Bearcubs to many of their activities and sporting events.
He was an avid hunter and trapper and enjoyed hunting with his family and friends. He was proud to share his stories of how he learned to trap beavers and minks with his father-in-law, Wilson Jackson. He enjoyed taking his family to powwows and spent many summers travelling all over to attend. He was proud to watch his children and grandchildren dance.
He was a very traditional man. He practiced and believed in his traditional ways. He tanned hides, dried meat and loved traditional foods. He raised his children knowing the traditions, ceremonies and culture by always stressing the importance of keeping the traditions alive in his family. In his pastime, he studied his native tongue and loved reading anything native.
He also was a coach of the Little Bearcubs for a number of years. He also coached basketball and softball. In his earlier years, he played softball and was well known for hitting homeruns. He had many friends throughout his life and often talked about growing up in Frazer. He liked to write short stories and read them to anyone who wanted to listen. He liked to tell jokes and tease by giving people nicknames.
He was preceded in death by his other father, Dennis Blount; sisters, EllaMae Aguiar Silvia and Natalie Smoker; and brothers, Allen Smoker Jr., Llewellyn Smoker and Loren ”Sonny Boy” Smoker.
He is survived by his wife, Rosalie Smoker; children, Sonya St. Marks of Frazer, Tiana DeWitt of Wolf Point, Phillip “Choya” Smoker Jr., Sheena Smoker, Teera Randall, Donell, Lonell and Rhea Smoker, all of Frazer; seven grandchildren; sisters, Adeline White of Frazer, Nadine DeCoteau of Frazer, Sandra White Eagle of Wolf Point and Denise Garfield of Frazer; brother, Gary Robinson of Wolf Point; and grandfather Phillip Red Eagle of Tacoma, Wash.
His funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Frazer High School gymnasium. Interment was at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Frazer. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.