Wednesday, 24 April 2024

Raymond J. Mostin

Raymond J. Mostin
1931-2024

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Raymond Julian Mostin, a beloved figure in Lake County, passed away on March 7, 2024.

Born on the Gunn Ranch next to Kelsey Creek in 1931, Raymond was a lifelong resident of the area, deeply rooted in its community and culture.

His journey began at Kelseyville Elementary School, where he laid the foundations of his education, culminating in his graduation from Clear Lake Union High School in 1949.

A talented athlete, Raymond had numerous opportunities in college football. Yet, he chose wrestling at the University of California, Berkeley, skills he used in later years as a wrestling referee for the North Coast. There, he distinguished himself as captain of the university wrestling team and as an alternate to the Olympic wrestling team.

In 1953, Raymond married Eleanor May Dias, his college sweetheart, in a garden wedding at the Mostin’s Hells Bend Ranch. Together, they embarked on a life filled with love, commitment and shared dreams.

Raymond graduated with a degree in petroleum geology, while Eleanor earned her degree in business administration in 1954. Despite job offers elsewhere, they returned to Lake County, where they acquired agricultural land in Big Valley and started farming pears.

Raymond's dedication to his family and community was unparalleled. He served in various leadership roles in the Lakeport Christian Parish and the Kelseyville Presbyterian Church.

As Cubmaster, Scoutmaster and Explorer Leader of the local Boys Scouts, he mentored countless young individuals.

He contributed to the Lake County Community Concerts, worked to conserve and restore the Kelsey Creek Schoolhouse, volunteered in 4-H and Junior Horsemen, as well as serving on the Lake County Board of Supervisors as the District 5 representative and the Resource Conservation District.

Raymond's commitment to agriculture led him to become deeply involved with the Farm Bureau, where he served on the local and state boards and eventually became the executive manager of the Lake County Farm Bureau. He was also a proud member of Early Lake Lions, embodying the spirit of service and community engagement throughout his life.

Even after Eleanor's passing in 2007, Raymond remained active in his church, singing in the choir, leading bible studies and lending his handyman skills wherever needed.

Later, he found love again with Carol Metzger, with whom he shared many joyful family moments, including the delight of eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 

Raymond Julian Mostin is survived by his wife, Carol Mostin; his children, Michael (Tracy) Mostin, David (Cheryl) Mostin and Elin (Marc) Porter; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Nancy Bleasdale, who lives in Arizona.

Raymond's life will be celebrated on April 13, 2024, at the Kelseyville Presbyterian Church, beginning at 1 p.m.

Instead of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the church, reflecting his enduring commitment to faith and community.

Raymond's legacy of kindness, service, and devotion will continue to inspire all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit www.chapelofthelakes.com.

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