Juan Turning Heart 1966 – 2019

BEAR CREEK, SD – “Tashunka Yuha Mani” (Walks with Horse)
Juan Darwin Turning Heart, 52, of Bear Creek, left his former life to be with the Lord on Monday, September 2, 2019 at his home in Bear Creek.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. MDT, Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at the CRST Bingo Hall, Eagle Butte. Burial will follow at the Bear Creek Cemetery, Bear Creek, SD. Wake services will be at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at the bingo hall, Eagle Butte, with a procession from the 4-mile at 4:00 p.m.
Juan Darwin Turning Heart was born to Aaron Sr. and Gladys (Dog Eagle) Turning Heart on September 26, 1966 at the I.H.S. Hospital in Eagle Butte. He lived all his life in the Bear Creek community, also stayed with his grandparents out in the country and in White Horse with his sister Lucy One Feather.
Juan attended school at Cheyenne Eagle Butte and graduated in 1985. While in school he joined track and cross country. The Turning Heart brothers were known as the fastest runners and could not be beat. The C-EB team was also unbeatable. Juan was also a very good mechanic, which he was always working on someone’s vehicle at any time of the day. He loved to hunt with his brother Aaron Jr. “Sonnee” and brother-in-law, Dale Bagola. They were always seeing that one big buck, which they never could catch. They would always say “tomorrow we will get it” and this hunting season that was their goal, to catch that buck.
He worked for the CRHA foot patrol, pow wow security, even after working for the foot patrol he still acted like he was on duty. He always knew what went on in the community. He also worked for the DePoy’s, Charlie Brooks, and his adopted dad, Gerald Stapert.
Juan loved to watch basketball with his sister Holly and his favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys, he loved to visit with family and friends, joke around and talk on his phone. Juan had a big kind heart; he always had goodies and would share them with the community children and they would call him “uncle”. He would especially wait for Baby Erin and RaDunn to go to his house.
Juan had a special bond with his baby girl Tahnee Lee, adopted daughter Donielle Miner, and his nephews: Chunky, Jordan, and Aiden; nieces: Shai, Traci, Jaymalee, Sunni, and Jamalia; and grandchildren: Skye, Jae’leigh, Kylie, Jaeson, and Treyson.
Juan helped raise his two nieces, Kayla Rae which he always checked up on and helped her a lot and Baby Erin “Bubbles” as he would do anything for her and made sure she had something to eat and had her favorite chips and Powerade waiting for her every day.
Juan leaves behind one daughter, Tahnee (Justin) of Thunderbutte; one son, Jericho, Lower Brule; adopted daughter, Donielle Miner, Eagle Butte; sister: Arlys (Dale), Bear Creek; four brothers: Aaron Jr. (Jessica), Eagle Butte, Jeff, Jason, D’Aun, all of Bear Creek; uncle, Ed Widow; auntie, Trivan Hairy Chin; nephews: Chunky, Jordan, Aiden, Eric and Jorge; nieces: Kayla (Ryan), Traci (Jeffrie), Mindy (Rob), Sunni, Jaymalee, Shai, Baby Erin, and Jamalia; grandchildren: Jillian Smith, Jerynce Middletent, Jayden Brouse, Dastan Knife, Dashall Knife, Skye, Jae’leigh (Little Lady), Kylie (Thumper), Jaeson, Treyson, Xander, Aubrey, Raqueal, and Octavin.
Juan is preceded in death by his parents, Aaron Sr. and Gladys Turning Heart; sisters: Sherry, Lucy, and Rosa; nephew, Brandon Say Re; adopted brother, Lester Peneaux; grandparents: Dennis and Rosalie Dog Eagle, Truby Turning Heart and Julia Dog Eagle.
Luce Funeral Chapel of Eagle Butte has been entrusted with Juan’s arrangements. (www.familyfuneralhome.net)