Ralph N. Fountain (1945-2013)


Ralph N. Fountain, 68, an active member of SoNvM, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday 29 September 2013. At his request, his remains were cremated and will be scattered over Death Valley.

He was born in Monroe, LA, on 7 April 1945 to Ralph N. and Ethelle Crawford Fountain. Ralph grew up in Westhampton Beach, NY, graduated from Westhampton Beach HS in 1963 and attended Louisiana Tech in Ruston, where he earned a BS degree in Education in 1968.

Ralph spent time teaching high school science and math in Westhampton Beach, Shreveport and Australia.

He was an avid photographer and turned his passion for photography into a full-time profession when he began his career working at the Bossier Press and then the Shreveport Journal in Louisiana.

Ralph was married to Antoinette "Annette" Caramia from 1986 to 1998. He and Annette moved to Las Vegas in the late 1980s, where he became a freelance photographer for the Review Journal. In Nevada, his passion for the flora, fauna, geology and history of the desert and the surrounding area grew and he was sought out for his wealth of knowledge. He also was an avid geocacher and enjoyed exploring, hiking and camping in remote and isolated areas.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph, and his stepfather, Harold E. Fountain. He is survived by his mother, Ethelle Fountain of Westhampton Beach, NY; a brother, Clifton Fountain of Shokan, NY; a sister, Kay Aurand of Woodbury, MN, and her sons Christopher and Kyle, as well as many relatives in the Rayville, LA, area.

The family has no plans for a formal memorial service or wake.