David Maurice Lampert, aka “Dakota,” was born Jan. 8, 1948, to Jack and Dorothy Lampert (Patten) in Lance Creek, Wyo., in a sheep wagon, on the prairie, in the middle of a blizzard, according to legend. He spent his youth surrounded by his brothers, Jerry, Phil, Pat and Bob in a continuous battle to best each other creating a lifelong friendship filled with banter and extremely tall tales.
Dave served in the U.S. Navy and was a jack of all trades. He was a cowboy, a poker player and a writer. He won multiple awards in the hospitality industry and had a sustainable home he built featured in Dwell magazine. For several years he worked in Custer State Park. Dave was a pivotal player in restoring the Black Hills Playhouse and was its caretaker for several years. He also served on the board of the Cold Springs Historical Society and cared for the grounds and schoolhouse. His carpentry can be seen in the many birdhouses on display in the historic building.
Dave never met a stranger and fancied himself a lady’s man. He was a passionate collector, a “picker” and loved finding and restoring pieces of history as he explored barns, fields and old homes. Preserving history and telling the story of each treasure gave him great joy.
Dave died Nov. 23, 2018, at Fort Meade VA Medical Center. He was 70.
He is survived by his children, Shawn (Tate) Hill of Phoenix, Ariz., Jay (Jillian) Lampert of St. Paul, Minn., and Nicole (Matt) Anderson of Custer; brothers, Jerry Lampert of Bonita, Calif., Phil Lampert of Custer, and Robert Lampert of Cheyenne, Wyo.; grandchildren, Andrew, Chelsea, Cameron, Abigail, Loden, Maija, Kyler and Sophia; four great-grandchildren; fiancé Chrissy Whitney; his beloved dogs Tina and Millie; and his kitty Maggie.
Services are Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Custer with Pastor Sam Thomas officiating. Visitation will be Nov. 28 from 5-7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to tell their favorite Lampert legend.
Committal will be at Cold Springs Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers a memorial is being established to the Black Hills Playhouse and Cold Springs Historical Society.