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Donavan Starlen Mountain, Nenaawikamigganang, age 36 of Minneapolis, Minnesota journeyed to the Spirit World on Saturday, May 6, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He was born on September 11, 1986 the son of Starr Pierce and Cynthia Mountain.

My son Donavan Starlen Mountain was one of two children. He went to DeLaSalle High School and he enjoyed biking and being with all generations of our family. He had a big heart for all friends and family. Donavan made me proud that he learned the Ojibwa language from self-taught of more than 8 years. Donavan helped me with my Ojibwa class, I couldn’t have passed without him. He learned how to make LaCrosse sticks and even played. My son will be dearly missed by all, he was an amazing son with so much potential. I will miss our long bike rides. My son will be dearly missed by all.

Survived by his mother: Cynthia Mountain; brother: Redsky Mountain; nephew: Sorin Mountain; family: Wilma Mountain, Jean Mountain, Lander Mountain and many other relatives and friends.

Survived by his father: Starr Lukens Pierce; family: Charles H. Pierce, Joanna Pierce and many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by: William John Sr., Rosemary Mountain and many other relatives.

An all-night visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 beginning at 6:00 P.M. at the Church of Gichitwaa Kateri in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

An all-night visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 beginning at 6:00 P.M. at the Red Lake Community Center in Red Lake, Minnesota.

A funeral service for Donavan Mountain will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 10:00 A.M. at the Red Lake Community Center in Red Lake, Minnesota.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Redsky Mountain, Willie Mountain, Harold Yellow, Karen White, Douglas Colhuff, Jeffrey Pike.

Casket Bearers will be Greg Belsheim, John Lawler, Vincent White, Miguel Delacruz, Verdell Beaulieu, Rosemary Mountain.

Interment will be held at St. Mary Cemetery in Red Lake, Minnesota.

The Chilson Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements. On-line condolences can be directed to

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Cory Mountain

    You were best cousin ever! I’ll never forget growing up together and creating all the memories that we had together. My bike rides have a lot more meaning to them now. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers ! Love you big cuz!

  2. Angelique Bunker Miles (Big Angie)

    Donovan I remember when you were still in your mommas’ tummy, We all couldn’t wait to meet you.! Your uncle Leander especially you know besides your moms. Cindy was so protective we couldn’t get anything out of her. I remember seeing you two together and the way she smiled looking at you, that’s when I knew she cherished you with all her heart and someday I might be lucky enough to do the same to my own. I hadn’t gotten the chance to meet you once you gotten older, You had much more important things to do.
    Fly High Young Donovan, I know your are truly and hurtfully missed everyday by your loved ones, Your smile looks as if it could of lit the entire room. Condolences to the Entire Family known or unknown I know the hurt is indescribable, rely on each other and draw on strength as a family and keep the memories alive. Thoughts and prayers to each one of yous.


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