Cameron James “CJ” Azure (Iron Spirit-Maza Nagi), an enrolled member of the Xosa- gah band of Hidatsa, child of The Antelope Society, 39, died July 31, 2023.
He was born Sept. 14, 1983, to Vanchon Birdsbill and Kevin Leo Azure, the third of six children. At a very young age, he developed a caring and strong-willed personality which would define him in life. He was extremely athletic and, as a young boy, joined AAU Wrestling in which he excelled. During this time, he accrued many medals at tournaments across Montana. He continued this love for the sport of wrestling while attending Wolf Point Junior/Senior High School. He continued to shine, placing in tournament after tournament.
He began working in construction, following in the footsteps of his father, Kevin. During his late teens and early 20s, he traveled to Phoenix, Ariz., as well as Washington state for work before finally settling in Wolf Point. As he grew so did his abilities in the fields of construction and cement work. He worked with his father, building everything from homes, large warehouses, all the way down to planter boxes with his sister.
He was always there for his mother, with whom he shared a very special bond. All she needed to do was ask and he provided far more than was ever imagined. His eye for detail and his strongwilled personality would soon come to play in his finish work.
He was a baptized member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Though not active, he held a sincere desire to learn about the mysteries of life, religion and about his Heavenly Father. He lived by faith and, thanks to him, he instilled within his family the wonderful gift of an even stronger faith.
At the age of 23, he met Phoebe Jensen and they spent the next 17 years together. It was at the beginning of that relationship that he took on the role of father to young Cale and immediately began to raise him as his own. He loved being a dad and reveled in the opportunity to teach and coach his son Cale in his beloved sport of wrestling.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Both of these things he enjoyed doing with his family and friends.
He is survived by his mother, Vanchon Birdsbill; father, Kevin Leo Azure; brothers, Louis Azure, Dillon Azure and Cole Grandchamp; sisters, Rhiannon Weeks and Vanchon Azure; longtime companion, Phoebe Jensen; and son, Cale Jensen.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 2, at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel.