Dane Ryan Fisher, Sr., Hotóa’ȯhtšėhe’kėstaestse (“Short Bull”), was called home on June 28, 2020. Dane was born to Lisa Old Mouse and Steven Fisher, Sr. in Hardin, Montana. His Cheyenne name was given to him by his great grandfather, the late Douglas “Dave” Glenmore. Dane grew up in Billings, MT for the majority of his childhood, but desired to return to his homeland on the Northern Cheyenne reservation. He attended St. Labre High School as a freshman and graduated with the class of 2004. Dane Ryan was an all-around, highly talented athlete. Amongst his myriad of talents and hobbies, Dane participated in youth baseball & football, high school cross-country and enjoyed roping; but his expertise in basketball and his insatiable hunger to succeed is something that he will forever be remembered for. His work ethic was beyond words. His desire to elevate his skills began at a young age when he was outdoors shooting a basketball at all hours of the day and night. He flourished as a St. Labre Brave in high school basketball and became well known for his sharp decision-making skills and ability to shoot from anywhere on the court. There are numerous stories and memories about his high school career from people all over the country. Dane was a tough competitor.
After graduating high school, Dane attended various colleges and played basketball at each of them (Bismarck State, Chief Dull Knife College & Salish Kootenai College). He became well-known throughout the collegiate basketball scene, but his career did not stop there. After college, he consistently spent countless hours in the gym perfecting his skills, as he was avid in the basketball tournament circuit. He competed in tournaments throughout the U.S. and continued to add more honors to his already lengthy list of achievements.
Dane was always excited to share his basketball knowledge and offer pointers to whomever crossed his path. He was constantly encouraging others to work hard and attain their goals. When he became a part of the Helena Heat family, he utilized his expertise to empower youth through basketball and help them develop skills that could also be applied to everyday life. He represented Helena Heat throughout Great Falls and Northern Montana reservations by hosting camps, individual trainings and coaching. He elevated the program with his charismatic, warm, loving personality and was the best at what he did.
Dane was deeply loved, cherished and respected by many. His presence undoubtedly left an impression on every single person. His big smile, loving hugs and humorous jokes (“stomping ants”) will live on in our hearts, as we continue to keep his memory alive. The Great Dane’s legacy will be celebrated for generations to come.
Dane was preceded in death by his grandparents, Verna and Roger Old Mouse, Dorothy Glenmore, Ronnie Seminole, Bernadine Fisher, Thelma Two Two, Emil Fraser; great grandparents Douglas and Josephine Glenmore; great-great grandparents, John and Josie Stands in Timber, Rhoda (Parker) and Miles Seminole; uncles, CPL Vydell Yellowrobe, Milen One Bear, Eugene Beaverheart; aunts Dawnette Glenmore, Leslie Fisher, Bernadine Bahr, Velma Lee Fisher; brothers, Allen (Al) Fisher, Preston Gray, Melvin Pretty Weasel and Tim Wolfe; & nephew Clint Ross Fitzpatrick, Jr.
Dane is survived by his children Dane Fisher, Jr. & Jaden Marie Fisher; mother, Lisa Old Mouse; father, Steven Fisher Sr.; siblings, Sherrell Fisher, Steven Fisher Jr., Jasmine Brady-Fisher, Lindsey Fisher, Samantha Pourier-Leedom; grandmothers Geraldine Fisher & Rhoda Glenmore; aunts Donna Fisher, Thelma Fisher, Shelly Fisher, Edith Adams, Nathel Show, Karyl Winslow; uncles, Jay D. Old Mouse, Shawn Old Mouse, Roger Lee Old Mouse, Arlin Fisher, Allen Fisher, Virgil Fisher, Vernon Fisher, Roy Fisher, Eugene Fisher, Sr. Dane is survived by numerous extended family members.