Gregory He CrowMay 13, 1964 ~ November 1, 2017 (age 53)
Gregory He Crow was born May 13, 1964 in Pine Ridge, South Dakota to Francis and Lema He Crow. Born a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Greg grew up very proud of his ancestry; especially of his father being an elder of the tribe and as a decedent of Crazy Horse. Greg and his brother Mike would stay with their grandfather during the summer and weekends. They would help grandpa water his garden in the evenings and they would fish and explore along the white river. They learned to hunt from their Dad and Uncles; who also taught them how to find the game and how to track. Growing up, Greg was always there by his brother’s side learning the things he was being taught, whether it was hunting, fishing, making bows, or sports. Those days they had growing up together will always be remembered.
Greg was very involved in sports during his youth; playing basketball, football and cross country. He graduated from Red Cloud High School with a basketball scholarship to Haskell Indian Nations University. While in college his advisor told him pick a major; and he pursued to be a Surgical Technician. He continued his education at Aberdeen College where he received his Surgical Technologist Certification; then began his career as a traveler with an agency and he became a very talented Surgical Tech with his primary focus on Ortho and Neuro.
In Portland is where Greg met Tammy; it was love at first sight!! They had their first date on May 21, 2000 and were inseparable. They bought their first home together and were married in 2004.
Greg loved the outdoors and he and Tammy went on lots of adventures fishing and camping (mostly spontaneous) to the Columbia Gorge, Mt. Hood and the Beach; it didn’t matter the destination place as long as they were together and had their dogs, Abby and Annie by their side along for the fun. Those little dogs were like their children. He loved hunting, fishing, camping, mountain biking, woodworking and fly tying.
He is survived by his wife, Tammy; parents, Francis and Lema He Crow; siblings, Mike, Lupita, and Lucinda; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends. Greg was preceded in death by his sisters, Jo Ann, Viola and Loracita.
Greg was a very loving, gentle man with a strong spirit and presence. His sister Cindy always called him her Protector. He was very likeable and easy to be around. Though he was a man of few words, when he spoke it was from his heart and true. He will be dearly missed by those who loved and knew him!