Earl Glen Roberts

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Funeral services for Earl Roberts, 57, of Mobridge, and former Eagle Butte resident, were held Thursday, Dec. 27 at 11:00 a.m. at the Eagle Butte Auditorium. Burial followed at Timber Lake Cemetery. Met at the 4-mile Jct. at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to process to the Church of Jesus Christ (Mormon) Chapel in Eagle Butte for an all-night wake with services beginning at 7:00 p.m. Additional services were Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 11:00 a.m., at the Mobridge High School Gymnasium.  Earl passed away December 17, 2012 in Mobridge.

Earl Glen Roberts was born in Columbus, Georgia on July 19th, 1955.  His parents were the late Violet Traversie and late Earl C. Roberts.  When Earl was just two years old, his mother, along with Earl and his younger brother David in tow, moved to Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Earl attended elementary, junior high, and high school in Cheyenne Eagle Butte.  He was part of the 1974 CEB graduating class.  When Earl was 14 years old, he began working at Lynn’s Grocery Store in Eagle Butte.

Earl also participated in football, wrestling, track, and softball. After high school graduation, Earl attended Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas the next two years and graduated from there in 1976.  From 1976 to 1980, Earl attended Huron College in Huron, SD, where he also participated in football and golf.  While attending Huron College, he met Elena Faiai, who was from American Samoa and attending college there on an academic scholarship.

Earl and Elena were married on September 25th, 1982 at the Baptist Church in Eagle Butte. Their first born child, Jennifer Lee, came in 1984 and second born son, Daniel Trevett, arrived in 1994.

In 1980, Earl began working as a teacher and coach for Cheyenne Eagle Butte High School.  He did so for 27 years, but was forced to retire due to health problems in 2006.  Over the years, Earl coached CEB Cross Country, Track and Field, Wrestling, and Volleyball.  He had a special love for the cross country and track seasons, but over the years, grew to love and care for many students and student athletes. During Earl’s long coaching history at Cheyenne Eagle Butte, they won their first ever Lakota Nation Invitational Championship, in fact they were LNI Champions in Cross Country for 4 years.  In 2006, for the first time in South Dakota history, the CEB Girls Cross Country team went undefeated, and they eventually won State Girls Cross Country Title. They were Region IV Cross Country Champions in ‘97, ‘98, ‘99, ‘00, ‘01,’02, and ‘03.

Over the years, Earl also loved to play golf, watch sporting events, and spend time with family and friends.   In July of 2003, Earl’s first grandson was born to Jennifer.  His name was Jaiden Earl, and he was born just ten days after Earl’s birthday.  Jennifer had Earl’s second grandson in July of 2004, Isaiah John, and he was born just two days after Earl’s birthday.  In February of 2012, Jennifer had Earl’s firstborn granddaughter, Pazlin Jean.  Earl had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren, and was always excited to see them, and spend time with them during various weekends.  He truly enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow.

After Earl retired in 2006, he moved to Mobridge full time where he and Elena had a second home, but he still enjoyed taking road trips to Eagle Butte to visit family and friends, and stopping in Timber Lake to see his daughter Jennifer and his grandchildren. Earl enjoyed home cooked meals, watching college sports on TV, playing a variety of jokes on people, telling stories, watching his son, Daniel, practice throwing discus, having morning breakfasts on the go with Jenny, attending Daniel’s various basketball games, football games, and track meets.

Earl’s many other favorite times over the years were taking Jenny and her friends sledding out by Oahe Hills Golf Course near Mobridge, fishing, hunting, bike riding with Jenny, taking Jenny and her friends swimming at the river, taking Elena to dinner and a movie, taking Daniel golfing, even having his athletic teams over the night before a meet for supper and sleep over.  He also cherished the time taking Daniel to the many athletic camps, coaching both his children in their sports, and watching his grandchildren play football and grow over the years.

When Earl first held his granddaughter, Pazlin, when she was just a week old, he told Elena that she had to wash her hands first and shower before she could hold her.  He was very protective of his family, and cared deeply for them.   He would tease Jenny that when her boys would get out of hand, and say “Wonder where they get that from!”….Jenny’s response was always “NOT ME”…and Earl would just laugh and say “Oh yeah…I was there before”.

Recently, Earl, Elena, and Daniel had visited the campuses of SDSU in Brookings, NDSU in Fargo, and University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska.  They had been in the process of determining where Daniel will attend college and participate in college Track and Field.  Daniel, currently a senior at Mobridge-Pollock High School, had the 5th farthest discus throw in the nation during the 2012 high school track and field season.   He threw over 190 feet numerous times last season, and was the only high school junior in that top 10 list last season, so Earl was truly looking forward to Daniel’s senior year of track and field and hoping that Daniel would surpass last year’s efforts.  Deep down, Earl was rooting for Daniel to attend the University of Nebraska.  Only time will tell where Daniel will decide to go to college, and Earl will surely be in Daniel’s heart, wherever Daniel’s path takes him.

Earl is survived by his wife, Elena Roberts of Mobridge; his daughter, Jennifer Roberts (and Jennifer’s special friend John Ducheneaux), grandsons Jaiden Earl and Isaiah John Ducheneaux, and granddaughter Pazlin Jean Ducheneaux, all of Timber Lake, SD; son, Daniel Roberts of Mobridge, SD; his aunt, Ly Traversie of Ronan, MT; his aunts, Celinda Traversie and Vivian Sampson of Eagle Butte; his cousins, Alecia Cowins, Kathleen Maynard, John Moon and James Traversie; his nephews, Charles Roberts of Aberdeen, SD,  David Roberts Jr, Kyle Traversie, JD Sampson and Tristan Sampson and a niece,  Kendra Nunley of Eagle Butte.

Earl was preceded in death by his mother, Violet Rosales; his father, Earl C. Roberts; his brother, David Charles Roberts Sr.; his grandparents, T.O and  Lily Traversie; his uncles T.O Traversie, Buster Orville Traversie, and Charles Traversie;  his aunts, Ruby Marshall, Sandy Mountford, Georglyn Sampson, Eugina Iron Moccasin, Delma Traversie, Cynthia LeCompte, Vetel “Buster” LeCompte and cousins, Josh Guerro and Richard Benson.

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