David Enyeart, 1946 ~ 2009

David Enyeart, 62, died Feb. 6, 2009 in Hayes Center, Neb. On July 18, 1946, he was born to Helen (Alexander) and Kenneth Enyeart, in Grand Island, Neb. The Air Force family lived in Louisiana, Labrador and places between, eventually settling in multicultural Sacramento, Calif.

After his 1965 high school graduation and a solo European tour, David served in the U.S. Marines, spending 13 months in Vietnam. He attended colleges in California and Colorado, becoming active in anti-war and back-to-the-land movements.

In 1975, David and Starr Goudey moved to Moab in southeastern Utah, an area he would feel drawn to for the rest of his life. They married at Arches National Park on Oct. 9, 1976. Their daughter, Ember Brule, was born on Jan. 22, 1980.

In Moab, David worked for a land surveyor and construction company. Here he honed his gardening and building skills in anticipation of homesteading in the West. In the late ‘70’s, he and Starr purchased 40 acres in South Dakota’s Black Hills, locating there in 1981. He was an organic gardener for 35 years and a certified Master Gardener.

A passionate advocate for human rights, David traveled extensively in Central America, served as “accompanist,“ to protect other human rights workers, and was a community organizer. He earned a B.S. in geography and numerous awards from South Dakota State in 1989. He taught several years at Little Wound High School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, interpreted at the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, and worked on native plant restoration at Wind Cave National Park.

Among his passions were the great western landscape (particularly South Dakota and Utah), indigenous art, and the Delta Blues.

David and Starr divorced in 1985. He was married to Catherine Ratliff, Hot Springs attorney, from 1988 to 2003.

A celebration of David’s life was held in Hot Springs May 16.

He is survived by his daughter, Brule Ember (Thomas), her husband, Evan, and their daughters, Emma and Hannah, of Tacoma Wash.; sisters, Mary Enyeart of Hayes Center Neb., and Kim Dupzyk of Roseville Calif.; nephews, Josh and Adam, David, Dennis and Douglas Newman, his three stepsons, and Ember, Nick, Tom and Kaela, step-grandchildren; special friend Barbara Muenchau; close friend Catherine Ratliff; and many loving friends who miss him greatly.

En la lucha, David!