Leonard Knight dies at age 82

Leonard Knight, creator of the Salvation Mountain, returns for a visit after being at the mountain in November of 2012 in Niland on Sunday. The mountain is Leonard's tribute to God and his gift to the world with its simple message: "God Is Love."

Leonard Knight, the creative vision and drive behind Salvation Mountain just outside Niland, died today. He was 82 years old.

Knight died in his sleep about 1:40 p.m. in Eldorado Care Center in El Cajon, where he had been living for more than two years.

Dan Westfall of San Diego and president of Salvation Mountain Inc. said Knight kept getting weaker and weaker following the loss of his leg, his hearing and his sight. He stopped eating two weeks ago, Westfall said.

Services have not been set yet, but Westfall said part of Knight’s ashes will be interred at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma — his was a Korean War veteran — and part will be spread at Salvation Mountain.

Knight last visited his creation in November, where he celebrated his 82nd birthday.

Before he went into a long-term care facility in December 2011, Knight had lived more than 20 years at Salvation Mountain, much of that time in a small camper, as he singlehandedly built the mountain from abode and paint.

Read Tuesday’s edition of the Imperial Valley Press for a story on the man and what he meant to many. 

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Dyann Jaxon

R.I.P. Leonard. You befriended my child, Julia who loved you dearly. You Loved Jesus and did a mighty work with your testimony. You are truly loved and missed, and at rest in your Father's arms now. You fought the good fight and finished the race.

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