Local Attorney Ben Mount passes away

Following release from Johnson Funeral Home:

Benjamin W. "Ben" Mount, 62, prominent local attorney and husband of Louisiana Senator Willie Landry Mount, passed away at 2:45 AM Saturday, December 3, 2011 in his residence surrounded by his family.

Mr. Mount was born May 25, 1949 in Lake Charles, LA and raised in Iowa, LA. He was a graduate of Iowa High School, McNeese State University and Louisiana State University Law School. Ben was a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association for 37 years as well as the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association. At the time of his death he was the Chairman of the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors. He also served as Board Chairman of Women's and Children's Hospital, Board member of Sowela Vocation and Technical School Foundation and Chancellor for the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. Ben was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lake Charles and served as Past Lake Charles Layleader, Lake Charles Past District Chairperson of Council on Ministries; Present: Chairperson Lake Charles District Committee on District Superintendence and Lay Speaker as well as many other positions with in the Louisiana Conference Board. Mr. Mount was the 2009 King of the Krewe of Mystique, 2006 Civic Service Award winner by the Chamber of the Southwest, Board of Trustees member of the Family and Youth Foundation, served on the Board and served as President of the Board of the Calcasieu Parish Women's Shelter, The Calcasieu Kiwanis Club, Lake Charles Mental Health Advisory Board, as well as Crusade Chairman and Special Contacts Chairman of the American Cancer Society. Ben also served in many capacities for the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society and many other Community and Civic Organizations.

Ben had a love of life, people and youth. One of his greatest joys was coaching the South Lake Charles Little League and leading the team to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA.

Survivors include his wife of thirty-five years, Willie Landry Mount, his mother Mrs. Betty Storer Mount, mother-in-law, Willie Landry, two sisters, Ann Courville and husband James, and Jean Kamla and husband Roger; sister-in-law, Sandy Moore and husband Nolan; brother-in-law, Dr. Richard Landry and wife Gaye, sister-in-law Marsha Chapman and husband Ted, and 14 nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father, Crawford Mount and father-in-law, Lee R. Landry.