Whitney J. ‘TRAX’ White, 36 of Fort Totten passed away on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at CHI, St. Alexius Health, Devils Lake Hospital.
Gathering of Family and Friends and Time of Remembrance and Prayer was held on Saturday, June 19, 2021 from 1 until 4 p.m. at Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake with burial in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery at 4:30 p.m.
Whitney James White, son of Janet White and his biological father, Alan Talks was born on February 17, 1985 and was raised by Janet and Laidman Fox Jr. He grew up in Fort Totten. He attended school at Fort Totten, Sheyenne and Crow Creek, S.D.
Whitney’s lifelong nickname ‘TRAX’ originated at the age of four years old. Whitney was at his Grandpa Elmer’s and he wanted a jelly sandwich. He got the jelly stuck all over his neck and chest. He told his mom and uncle Elmer Jr. “I can’t eat, it’s stuck, it’s stuck!!” With his chin stuck to his chest, his uncle said his Indian name could be “sticky neck with lines across the forehead” and we could send him out in front of the hunting party to look for rabbit tracks because he was too small to look for deer tracks. Uncle Junior then said it in his official voice, we will call him “Sticky neck with lines across the forehead looking for rabbit tracks!” His Mom said no, we aren’t calling him that, Uncle Jr. said well we will call him “Rabbit Tracks” and he was laughing. From then on, Whitney was “Rabbit Tracks” by his uncle. As time went on and the cousins got older, his nickname got shortened to just ‘TRAX’ or ‘TRAX STAR’ and eventually he had a son who goes by baby Trax and will carry on his dad’s nickname and the story.
After his school years, Whitney met his first love, Ashley Greywater. Together they had four children – Kiara, Sienna, Payton and Dayton White.
Whitney worked various cooking jobs in Devils Lake from 2006 to 2011, working hard to support his family. Whitney missed and loved his babies so much when they were apart.
In 2012, Whitney met Yolanda Weber and in that relationship he had three children – Whitney Jr., Hadley and Emma White. Whitney raised his son Whitney Jr. until he left to start his journey to his Creator. Whitney loved all his babies and talked about them and their accomplishments often.
In 2019, Whitney graduated from the GED Program and started carpentry classes. Within a short time, he developed health issues which prevented him from continuing in school at the time. At the start of summer, 2021, Whitney reenrolled in the carpentry program at Cankdeska Cikana Community College, determined to finish his education and receive his certification.
Whitney lived a long happy life with all his family and friends. He had the best personality, and was always making people laugh. His presence was always welcomed and joyful. Whitney was proud to be the oldest brother and always wanted the best for his siblings.
Whitney enjoyed music. His dream was to be a rapper. He enjoyed writing lyrics and making beats.
Whitney will be missed greatly by his family and friends. We love you TRAX!
Whitney’s loving family include his children – Kiara, Sienna, Payton, Dayton, Whitney Jr., Hadley and Emma White; oldest son, Max (Michelle) of Mandaree; mother and step-dad, Janet and Laidman; dad, Alan Talks; brothers – Buster, Chanze, Warren, Zeb (Callie) and Royce Jarvey, Billy Eagleman Sr. and Al Demery; sisters – Leora, Lacey (Dennis), Lakeisha (Wayne), Louise, Alyssa and Aubrey and all his Talks family from South Dakota; grandmothers – Evangeline White and Winona Fox; many dear aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Waiting in the stars are Grandpas Elmer White Sr. and Laidman Fox Sr.; uncles – Elmer White Jr., Valentino White Sr., Lee Fox, Leonard Fox; brother and best friend, Jon Lawrence; niece, Breanne Eagleman; nephew, Wasaka Stone; aunties – LaVonne Alberts, Lynn Spotted Wolf, Linda Fox, Laverne Fox and LeAnn Fox; cousins – Lolita White, Dion Iceman Sr., Jordan Iceman, Maria White, Sam Fox and Delray DeMarce.
Casket Bearers will be escorts Laidman ‘Buster’ Fox III and Clifton ‘Chicken’ GreyBear and also Michael Greybear, Richard Jackson, Billy Eagleman Jr., Joaquin Herman, Darren Iceman Jr., Chad Driver and Dennis Hill. Honorary Bearers are Russell Standing Rock, Lionel Dunn and Michelle Kooley, Ryan Herman, Dexter Greywind, Sonny Jackson, Alexa DeMarce, Jon White, Chuck White, Bob Littlewind, Lois Leben, Lindsey Lawrence, Heather Abraham, Lindsey Walking Eagle, Teddy Fox, Savonne Step, Harriet ‘Muffy’ DeMarce, Grant Cavanaugh, Camey DuBois, Evana White, Megan Herman, Reno WhiteDress Sr., Robert Redroad Jr., Tara HolyBull, Chanoa and Alton Nestell, Josiah Brown, David Dunn, Galen Greybear, Phyllis DuBois, Terry Dunn, and Darren Iceman Sr., Russell McDonald, Smokie Jones, Lee Jackson, Victor Jackson, Derick Jackson, Wesley BigTrack and Chad Driver and special thanks to Spirit Lake Recovery and Wellness, Spirit Lake Ambulance and EMTS and Tribal Health and Transportation.
Posted online on June 21, 2021