Russell Robert Mountain, 26, a native of Tallahassee, died early Saturday morning, Aug. 23, as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.Russell was a force of nature - funny, adventurous, charming, confident, stubborn, loving, opinionated and most of all, fiercely loyal to those he loved. From a young age Russell had many loves: Flirting with girls, recruiting fellow gamers, traveling the world, his immaculate 1988 BMW, Florida State sports, his Mother's and sister's cooking, his right to bear arms, and sharing his Dad's lifelong passion for baseball.He played from the time he could swing a bat, pitched for Leon and earned a baseball scholarship to Enterprise-Ozark Community College in Enterprise, Ala. Inspired by his grandfathers' and cousins' service to their country, he entered the U.S.Air Force in 2010 and had just returned home from a 6-month deployment to Afghanistan. He is survived by his parents, Michael and Laura Mountain of Tallahassee; his sister and brother-in-law, Kira and Wesley Yeary of Arlington, VA.; his maternal grandmother, Viola Mix of Tallahassee; aunts and uncles, Linda and Ray Norlin of Illinois, Patrick Mountain of Virginia, Dr. Tim and Wendy Mountain of Tallahassee, Frank and Stephanie Mix of Tallahassee, David and Carol Mix of North Carolina; and a host of beloved cousins.A visitation will be held on Thursday, August 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Culley's MeadowWood Timberlane Road Chapel. Funeral services will be held at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Friday, August 29, at 10 a.m., followed by interment with full military honors at Culley's MeadowWood Timberlane Road Chapel.To honor Russell's courageous service to the U.S. Air Force, his family asks in lieu of flowers to consider supporting the Wounded Warrior Project with a donation in his memory at support.woundedwarriorproject.org or P.O. Box 758541 Topeka, KS 66675.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Aug. 27, 2014