Nolan Porter Nuttall, 83, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Visitation will be held 10:00-11:00am, Monday, July 27, 2020 at the Sully County Fairgrounds with Funeral Services beginning at 11:00am. Interment will follow at the Onida Cemetery. If you are unable to attend Porter’s service it will be broadcast live at www.feigum fh.com
Nolan Porter Nuttall was born September 5,1936 in Amherst Texas. He was the second of six sons born to Nolan and Lucile Nuttall. Porter was an energetic young man who worked with and competed with his brothers AL, Delvin and Byran on the family farm. The Nuttall family and their four oldest boys moved from west Texas to Sully County in December of 1954. He attended and graduated from Agar High School in 1955. He was also always considered a part of the 1955 graduating class of Amherst, Texas High School.
Porter was an athletic youth who enjoyed many sports, and he particularly excelled in track. He held several high school and state records in track. He first attended the University of South Dakota to play football. He did not think It was the place for him, so he climbed out the dorm window and headed back to the family farm in Sully County. That spring semester he attended Northern State College. He helped his track team win the conference championship. But college life was not for him and he returned to his passion- the family farm and ranch.
He married Sharon Moore from Centerville, SD and they raised two children- Jamy and Will. " One better looking than the other - you decide!” The family spent their days working the ranch and farming with Porter’s parents and his younger brothers Dale and Jack. Though the work was hard he was often seen feeding cows or putting up hay and all the while singing his favorite songs.
A lot of time was spent with the horses he loved. Training horses to show, rein, cut and race was a family enterprise. Red roan horses were his particular favorites. He was an active member and officer of the South Dakota Quarter Horse Racing Association. Through the years he provided guidance to many young trainers and jockeys at racetracks across South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. Porter was often selected for news interviews about racing because of his knowledge and proper choice in “words”.
Porter was a man of deep faith. He was a charter member of Capital Heights Baptist Church -Pierre, Rapid Valley Baptist Church-Rapid City and was ordained a Deacon at Sturgis Baptist Church. His faith in Jesus Christ guided his life. He would often comment, " I don't want to get to heaven and not have you there." The salvation of his family and friends was a priority in his life. This celebration of his faith was often heard in his love of music and in his prayers. He loved playing his guitar or harmonica and singing gospel and western songs, often changing the words to get a laugh out of his grandkids! Many will remember how he touched them with his prayers. Whether in a racetrack shed row before a cookout or with Sharon's quilting ladies before lunch or at a celebration with family and friends, you knew when he prayed that it came from the depths of his soul. You knew that when he prayed God was listening.
The legacy he gave us is our faith in God, our faith in the good earth, and our faith in family and friends. He taught us to be resilient and work to our best, to be compassionate, to laugh and be strong in the face of adversity. THAT was Porter.
He is preceded in death by his dad Nolan, brothers AL, Delvin and Byran and sister-in-law Lynda and infant sister. He is survived by his wife Sharon, daughter Jamy (Michael) Jones, granddaughters Jessica (Adam) Bruscher and son Weston, Michala (Cody) Shryock and daughter Kimber Dee, and Cassandra Jones. His son Will (Kelsie) and granddaughter Porter Lane, granddaughter Fallon (Justin) Chalmers and daughter Mesa Lou and grandson Wyatt (Railey) Nuttall. His mother Lucile Nuttall, brothers Dale (Diane) Nuttall and Jack (Carla) Nuttall, sister-in-laws Sue Nuttall and Juanita Nuttall and his many nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.feigumfh.com