1969 ~ 2012|
"He is gone beyond this vale of tears; now just memories remain."
On July 19, 2012, Rich Fountain passed from this world. Son, Brother and Father, Rich was a man of sensitive nature who felt a deep alliance with his Forebears, his Family, his God and Country.
Survived by children, parents, brothers and sisters, Rich will be sorely missed. While not a stranger to turmoil, he possessed an abiding love for the world around him. Finding solace in the mountains around Provo (as a boy) and Alpine (as a man), Rich was possessed of a boundless enthusiasm for the out-of-doors, and was never happier than when he was hiking ¼ he knew the nuances of each season ¼ summer, winter, spring and fall.
A lifelong learner and reader, Rich appreciated and knew the rocks and plants, the flora, fauna, and wildlife of Utah; he found deep and regenerative pleasure in exploring and observing the quiet and rugged places of nature. Even on the day Father called him home, his eyes were on the mountains, planning for a hike, seeking out the peace and divine fellowship that he would find in those high and wild locales.
Richard was born in Bay Shore, New York on August 4, 1969. After time spent in Missouri, he and his sisters and mother moved to Provo. At the age of eighteen, Rick joined the United States Navy, where he served on fast-attack nuclear submarines for six years, and participated in Desert Storm. Upon mustering out of the Navy with honors, he married Kimberly Knight of New York, and returned home to Utah, first living in Pleasant Grove and then moving to the family home on a quiet street in Alpine.
Rich and Kim had four children, Richard, Gabriel, Hannah and Abigail. There was a never a day that passed that Rick did not hold in his heart a cherished love for each of them.
Besides his children, Richard Fountain is survived by his mother Catherine Finley Johnston, his father, James W. Johnston, his sisters Kaira Robertson (Pleasant Grove), Bridgit Doyle (Eagle Mountain), Alexis McMurdie (American Fork), Mary DeHart (Alpine), his brothers Christian Lee (Saratoga Springs) and LeGrand Johnston (Salt Lake City), as well as numerous Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and cousins spread throughout this great land that he loved and served.
Ricky had an indelible impact on all those who knew him. He is now, and will always be missed.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 11:00 am in the Alpine LDS Stake Center Chapel located at 98 East Canyon Crest Road, Alpine, Utah. Family and friends may call on Wednesday evening from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Warenski Funeral Home located at 1776 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah and also from 10:00-10:45 am prior to services at the church. Interment, Alpine City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.warenski.com
Published in Deseret News on July 22, 2012