On the early morning of July 20, 2017, Christopher passed away at the Awe Kualawaache Care Center, in Crow Agency, Montana, which he had been a resident since September 14, 2014. Chris had just celebrated his 80th birthday, on June 24, 2017. A few family members were able to sit and visit with him in the late evening hours of July 19. His son, Joseph, stayed with his through the night, until he passed away at 5:15 AM.
Christopher was born in Ashland, Montana. His father was Andrew LaRance, originally from the Canada area and his mother, Margaret Fox Yellow Eyes, who resided in Ashland, Montana. Chris was mainly raised by his grandmother, Mary Redbird Seminole.
Christopher was a very great deer hunter with an awesome one shot to the neck. He brought many deer home. He also greatly enjoyed fishing, ice skating in which he taught his children, and took them sledding to the highest of places.
Christopher was also a member of a very elite team of the Northern Cheyenne Fire Fighting Crew; an outstanding team that traveled to many out of state fires. He also enjoyed playing softball games as his team traveled to various places to play a game. As he grew older, he coached for the lady teams and did a little umpiring as well. He enjoyed western movies and listening to country music on the big old albums. His favorite artists were Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, and Tennessee Ernie Ford.
He enjoyed watching football, basketball and boxing on TV. While in the service he did some boxing and sometime later he coached boxing to the young boys in Lame Deer. He taught his son, Chris Jr., boxing as well.
He was an avid fan of the Busby Eagles, going to all their games and followed the team to their State Championship in Helena, Montana, in 1971.
Christopher is preceded in death by his wife, Ramona LaRance; mother, Margaret Fox Yellow Eyes; father, Andrew LaRance; grandmother, Mary Redbird Seminole; son, Chris (Sonny Boy) LaRance; brothers: George (Shaggy) Yellow Eyes, Andrew (Andy) Yellow Eyes, and Jimmy LaRance; sisters: Suzy (Lee, Sr.) Carlson, Erma Jean Yellow Eyes, Laura Yellow Eyes, Dorothy Aragon, Frances LaRance, and Mary Jane Seminole; and niece, Mary Beth LaRance.
Christopher is survived by his brother, Albert LaRance Sr.; sister, Delores Yellow Eyes; children: Rachel LaRance, Karen LaRance, Kash LaRance, Esther LaRance, Tia LaRance, and Joseph LaRance; estranged son, David LaRance; adopted sons, Sixx Labeau and Eldon Sandcrane; grandkids: Gabriel Hart, Josie A. RisingSun, Irvin Chris RisingSun III, Lisa Prettyontop (Mason and Clayton), Levi Prettyontop, Elias LaRance, Jalen LaRance, Tristan LaRance, Roland, Neo, Satin LaRance, Diandra and Halle Standing Elk, Paxton LaRance, Lee Jr. (Sonny), Danny, Suzy (Sissy) Carlson, Holly Bixby, Joseph Steele, Margaret Jean, Cotcha, Laura, Isiah, Dean, Lil Andy Yellow Eyes, Nicholas, Alex, Caleb, Josh, Jessica, Derrick, Elisha and Blake; great-grandkids: Josie, Draven, Tyren, Shantel, Dillon, Shawn, LaLasa, Luis, Keri, Pierre, Kadon, Kaleb, KOA, Clayton Jr., Shawnessy, and Kingston; great-great-grandkids, Tahira and Selah. Our Family includes the Redbirds, Spangs, Cummins, and Seminoles. Our Family is very large and would like to apologize if we have forgotten anyone. Family would also like to send a special thank-you to Awe Kualawaache Care Center in Crow Agency and especially Laura Tiller, RN who acknowledged him more so.