CROW AGENCY - Emmett Other Medicine, 66, of Gallup, N.M., formerly of Crow Agency, went home to be with the Lord Jesus on Wednesday, July 16, 2003, in Gallup.
God saw he was getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around him and whispered "come with Me." With tearful eyes we watched him silently fade away, although we couldn't bear to lose him, we could not bid his stay. A Golden heart stopped beating. Our dear one laid to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us he only takes the best.
Emmett knew for a while now that he was going home but he held on a couple more years to spend time with his children, family and friends in whom his life was enriched and fulfilled. He lived his life doing things he enjoyed to lend a hand, and was not ashamed of his love for Jesus. He witnessed for Jesus in the highways and byways. A great man will surely be missed. But now we know he is in Heaven, sitting by the Throne of God, receiving his riches in Heaven.
He was born Nov. 5, 1936, in Crow Agency, a son of Chester and Lucy Yarlott Other Medicine. He grew up and received his education in Crow Agency. He worked for the John Scott ranch, as a "Rough String Rider." Emmett enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1955 and received his honorable discharge in 1957. He returned to the Crow Agency area for a time, then moved to the Southwestern United States, where he actively participated in rodeos, particularly the saddle bronc event.
The highlight of his life was the life of a saddle bronc rider; he rode in Gallup and Albuquerque, Phoenix, New Underwood, S.D., Hyannis, Neb., the National Senior Pro Rodeo Finals in Reno, Nev., and Las Vegas. The Western Horseman and Pro Rodeo Sports News personally interviewed Emmett, highlighting his special talents as a saddle bronc rider. He was a champion saddle bronc rider, taking home many trophies, including buckles and saddles. He returned to Crow Agency in the late 1970s and began a career with the Indian Health Service, retiring after several years of service.
Emmett was a member of the Greasy Mouth Clan, a child of the Bad War Deeds Clan, a member of the Crow Community Baptist Church, Rocky Mountain Indian Rodeo and the All Indian Rodeo of Oklahoma. He was a family person who enjoyed visiting, family devotions and assisting other people with their problems. He helped raise many of his nieces and nephews.
His parents; four brothers, John and Walter Onion, Jenson and Chester Other Medicine; and a sister, Corrine Little Light, preceded Emmett in death.
Survivors include his daughters, Lucy Ann (Wayne) Mendes of Georgia, Audrey (Harrison) Jim of New Mexico, Rochelle Other Medicine of Dunmore, Emery Other Medicine and LuAnna (Larry) Flinn of California; his son, Shannon (Eva) Other Medicine of Arizona; five sisters, Marjorie Wilkinson, Lucille, Violet, Dineen and Ardena Other Medicine; four brothers, James B. Onion, Alonzo Ten Bear, Robert Pickett, Sr. and John Paul Other Medicine; three adopted daughters, Dora (Jerome) Hugs, Elsie (Allie) Bird in Ground and Marie Rose Bull Chief; one adopted son, Duran Little Light; 22 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his uncle, David Yarlott; his nieces, Renee, Geraldine, Gloria, Clara and Dora Little Light, Johnann, Elsie and Jennifer Onion; and his nephews, Curtis Real Bird, Bruce and Gerald Little Light, Jr., Preston, Pete and Thomas Onion. Members of the Other Medicine, Yarlott, Birdin Ground, Pickett, Falls Down and Morrison Families also survive him.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday, July 21, in the Crow Community Baptist Church. Interment with military honors will follow in the Crow Agency Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary of Hardin has been entrusted with the arrangements.