Two services planned for Leonard Knight, father of Salvation Mountain

February 22nd, 2014 | by Rob Hopwood | Comments

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(Salvation Mountain artist Leonard Knight returned to his creation in Niland on Nov. 4, 2012, to celebrate his 81st birthday. / Crystal Chatham, The Desert Sun)

Two memorial services will be held for Leonard Knight, who died in his sleep Monday, Feb. 10, at Eldorado Care Center in El Cajon.

Knight created Salvation Mountain, a famous roadside attraction near the Salton Sea featured in the movie “Into the Wild.”

Knight’s family has arranged for a military funeral to be held in San Diego, while Salvation Mountain Inc. is planning a service at the mountain, according to Bob Levesque, vice president of Salvation Mountain Inc.

Services are scheduled to be held:

Friday, March 14
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Point Loma, San Diego
Arrive at 10 a.m. for the 10:30 a.m. ceremony

Saturday, March 15
Salvation Mountain
Planned for 11 a.m., but details are still being worked out
No RSVP required

“We hope this schedule allows those who wish to pay last respects and celebrate his life with us,” Levesque wrote in an email.

(VIDEO: Leonard Knight returns to Salvation Mountain in 2012)

Knight’s remains have been cremated, and his ashes were separated so they can be used in both services, Levesque wrote.

Anyone who wants to contribute to or speak at either service should contact Levesque at

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