Melbourne R. Russell
1 Oct 1938 - 23 Nov 2019
Place of Death:
It is with
great regret and sorrow that I must inform you of the death of our Classmate,
Reid Russell, on November 23, 2019, in Hurricane, UT, as a result of heart
failure due to coronary heart disease.
survived by his wife, Rosemarie; his son, Stephen; seven grandchildren; and 15
great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Michael.
may be sent to Rosemarie at 854 West 3390 South, Hurricane, UT 84737-2658.
done, Reid. Be thou at peace.
Class Memorial Pages\E-2 Reid Russell.pdf
I first met Reid in 1987. I had just passed the Utah Bar and
he was the patent council for one of my clients. I practiced law as a securities
attorney and over the next 30 years our paths crossed many times. Reid and
became "lawyer" friends. I knew he loved to fly his plane and when I was living
in Las Vegas he could make the trip by air between Hurricane, UT and Boulder
City, NV. In 2012 I started a new business and needed a good intellectual
property attorney to help me with several USPTO filings. Reid was the first
person I called and he remained our legal counsel to the end. He was not only a
great lawyer, but he was a mentor and a friend. God's speed, Reid.
Reid was/is my grandpa. He and I had a very close
relationship with him, one that was very different from most
grandfather/grandson relationships. We were more like peers in a lot of ways,
playing sports and spending hours in deep conversation. He had a great impact on
who I am today. I loved him dearly, and I miss having him around. Thanks to the
others for sharing their stories. They really made my day.
Assembly/Taps Memorial Article:
REID RUSSELL 1961
Cullum No. 23557-1961 |
November 23, 2019 | Died in Hurricane, UT
Reid Russell was born in Salt Lake City, UT on October 1, 1938. His family moved
to Price, UT. Reid finished high school there graduating from Carbon High
School. Reid played football, received a scholarship and then attended junior
college prior to entering West Point.
Reid’s Howitzer entry noted that he
was a born athlete, “playing lacrosse and skiing, and at the same time
maintaining a running battle with the Academic Department. A sense of duty
coupled with a friendly and sincere manner have won Reid high esteem among his
classmates and should do much to ensure his success.”
Reid was recruited
by the USAF, and he went to fly but got missiles instead. He was stationed in
Texas with Strategic Air Command and was the assistant commander of a missile
squadron during the high-tension 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Reid met and married
Sylvia Smith, and they had two children: Michael and Stephen. Reid’s service
commitment was up in three years, and he left the service to try a business with
in-laws, which was a mistake. Reid was accepted into the University of Utah Law
School, and he moved the family to Salt Lake City, UT.
During Law School
Reid operated an electronics tube business as well as buying and selling
surplus. After graduating from law school in 1970, Reid went to work for a
patent attorney. In 1972 he became a registered patent attorney. Reid worked for
the Attorney General Office for the State of Utah, where he became chief of the
Criminal Justice Division. He also ran the Statewide Association of Prosecutors.
Reid wanted to use his engineering background, so he left the Attorney
General Office to run his own patent law practice. Reid and his first wife
divorced. Eighteen months later, in 1978, he married Rosemarie Michael, who had
a career in the dental laboratory industry. Rosemarie shared his love of
technology and art. Together they raised Reid’s two teenaged sons while
supporting each other’s careers and many community service projects. Reid served
as president of the Salt Lake Boys and Girls Club in 1983-84. Sports were Reid’s
joy. He coached Little League Football, scuba diving and skiing with his sons.
Flying was a passion for Reid, and he owned an Air Coupe and a Mooney M20B.
Reid and Rosemarie enjoyed many trips across the western states. In 1999 Reid
and Rosemarie moved to Hurricane, UT and built an airplane hangar and their
dream home with tennis court. Reid played lacrosse on a men’s team and played
his final game on his 70th birthday, October 1, 2008. He was the oldest player
in the American Lacrosse League.
Reid continued to practice patent law,
and Rosemarie worked with him in the practice for over 20 years.
a devoted son, father, husband and grandfather. Family came first before
anything else. He had two sons, seven grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.
A few months prior to his death at age 81 Reid learned he had severe
coronary artery disease. He was told he needed an immediate quadruple bypass to
survive. Reid decided against the surgery, not wanting to be disabled. On his
last day Rosemarie listened to his heart with a stethoscope. She told Reid she
could not hear his heartbeat. Reid said he would not go to the hospital: he had
done everything he wanted to do in life and, though he did not want to leave
her, alone he was done. He then cleaned up the courtyard, worked on a patent
application and died in his sleep that evening. Reid lived and died the way he
wanted to, with a sense of honor and duty.