Terry Lee Russell
1955 — 2012
Terry Lee Russell of Tehachapi passed away on Oct. 17 at the age of 57. He was born on Aug. 4, 1955, in Nyssa, Ore. Memorial Services were held at the Calvary Chapel of Tehachapi on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m.
He is survived by his mother Betty Russell of Paradise; Son, Chris, his wife Laura, and their two children Ethan and Emily of Mooresville, N.C.; Son, Michael, his wife Sarah, and their daughter Ryndi of Tehachapi; Daughter, Holly, of San Diego; Daughter, Rebecca, of Tehachapi; Son, Terry Devin, of Tehachapi; Brother, Danny and children of Paradise; Sister, Vickie, her husband, Rod and children of Falmouth, Mass.; Sister, Tracy, her husband John, and children of Paradise.
Terry was in the aerospace industry for 30 years, working as an instrumentation/electrical engineer beginning at Edwards Air Force Base and continuing on to spend most of his years at the Mojave Airport. Previous to that he served in the United States Coast Guard for four years.
He was very proud of the time he spent in the service earning multiple recognitions for his electrical engineering expertise. To say he loved what he did for a living is an understatement, he had a passion for airplanes like you have never seen before and enjoyed passing on his expertise to those who were willing to take the time to learn.
Terry had a passion for animals. Almost every household pet he owned was an animal he either saved from a shelter or found homeless on the streets. If he could have taken in every animal in need on the planet he wouldn't have hesitated for a second.
The one sport he enjoyed most was racing, specifically NASCAR. If there wasn't a new race on to watch then there was an old race on that he was watching. His favorite driver was Kevin Harvick driver of the #29 Monte Carlo Chevrolet, who got his start in Bakersfield at the Mesa Marin Speedway.
Terry used to take his children to Mesa Marin Speedway every Saturday night until it closed down in 2005. He owned more Nascar paraphernalia then you can even imagine. At one point in time he even owned a 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 Aero Coupe, of which only 1,000 were made to meet Nascar criteria. He was very proud to be one of the few owners of a vehicle designed specifically for Nascar.
The one place on this Earth that he enjoyed more than any other place was Disneyland. Every year he would load up the kids and take them to Disneyland and always had to ride Peter Pan and the steam trains and, of course, grab a churro or his trip was not complete. When he was at Disneyland it was almost like he was a kid again.
There was nothing he enjoyed more than sharing things he loved doing with his children. He also coached softball, the Tehachapi Little League Cubs and Tehachapi Little League Twilights. He also helped start up and coach the Tehachapi Bombers. He had a passion for coaching and loved that the whole family was involved in practices and at the games to show support. He enjoyed doing so many things such as taking his children out shooting, riding, dune buggies, camping, fishing, horseshoes, darts, pool, softball/baseball etc. The list could go on for days.