PITTSFIELD- Bryan David Mountz, 56, died suddenly at home on April 7, 2018.
Born in Lewistown, PA on November 27, 1961 to Tomm and Bonnie (Baker) Mountz, he spent his early years in McClure, PA until moving with his family to Pittsburg and then Roswell, GA. Bryan grew up hunting and fishing in Pennsylvania and where ever he went he always kept an eye out for deer and a good fishing spot. He graduated from Roswell High School in Roswell, GA in 1981, briefly attended University of Georgia before rejoining his family who had moved to Glastonbury, CT where he attended the University of Connecticut. He always had an adventurous spirit and a love for nature. In his early twenties he headed to Killington, VT where he skied by day and was a snowmaker on Killington Mountain by night. It was in 1986 when he took a road trip to the Berkshires with some friends to spend the weekend at a Max Creek concert at Bucksteep Manor in Washington, MA that he met the love of his life, Ellyn. Ten months later Bryan and Ellyn headed on an adventure to Alaska where one of Bryan’s jobs was as a commercial fisherman. In 1988 Bryan was on a fishing vessel in the Bering Sea that sank during a storm. After his rescue he contemplated his mortality and decided to start a family. Bryan and Ellyn had three children, Emily, Aidyn, and Tyler. He found work closer to home fishing for shrimp in Prince William Sound until the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground. Bryan helped in the cleanup efforts to save the precious environment he loved. After ten years in Alaska, Bryan returned to the Berkshires where he worked as a master carpenter, painter, tree climber, aerial adventure park builder, and occasional lobster fisherman with his friend Louie north of Boston. Whatever Bryan did, he made it an adventure. He often said his “office” was thirty feet in the air where he hung out in tree tops building aerial adventure parks and zip lines. He loved to cook for family and friends. He enjoyed being the grill cook at volleyball gatherings surrounded by friends, their children and dogs in his friend Peter’s backyard. Bryan passed his search for adventure in life and his love for cooking, that he learned from his mother, on to his two granddaughters, Aubree and Vivian, with whom he spent a lot of time. Bryan loved his family, they came first in everything he did. He collected friends where ever he went and kept in touch with people all over the country. He will be missed by many.
Bryan is survived by his parents, Tomm and Bonnie Mountz of Fort Pierce, Florida; his brother Rodney of Glastonbury, CT; many aunts, uncles, and cousins in Pennsylvania; his wife Ellyn, their three children Emily, Aidyn, and Tyler Mountz, and his cherished grandchildren, Aubree Bryant and Vivian Culpo, all of Pittsfield, MA.
SERVICES: Funeral Services will be private. Friends are welcome to attend a celebration of his life and spreading of his ashes at a later date. For those who wish to honor Bryan, donations can be made to “The Bryan Mountz Memorial Fund”, in care of Devanny-Condron Funeral Home, 40 Maplewood Ave. Pittsfield, MA 01201. This fund has been established by Ellyn, and will be used for the benefit of their beloved grandchildren.