Rockland Francis RussoProfessor FateRockland Francis Russo, ("Rocky") born March 6th, 1948, died January 1st, 2012, in his home, after suffering from complications related to his recent illness. Rocky was most widely known as a prolific designer, well-read historian, and dedicated hobbyist. He raced slot cars semi-professionally, but it was his engineering and design skills that gained him recognition. He signed every frame he built with his alter-ego, "Prof-Fate". In his retirement, he was a copy editor for Model Car Racing. Rocky was also passionate about aeronautics and game design. He was adept at understanding flight characteristics of modern and older aircraft, and assisted the Air Force with training. Using this knowledge, Rocky designed a successful series of flight wargames, including Canvas Falcons and Mustangs & Messerschmidts. With longtime friend Doug Larsen, he developed a historical wargame known as The Art of War. He, along with Michael Scott Kurtick, designed Space Patrol (1977), a game which was later converted into the first Star Trek role-playing game. He also enjoyed constructing and flying model airplanes.However, Rocky felt that his greatest achievement was his marriage to Catherine Marie Craven. He met her while attending the University of Utah and it was love at first sight. He held three jobs to put her through medical school, then gave up working so that he could stay home with their children. Through the calm and the storm, he was devoted to her completely, until her death in 2003. He will be buried next to his love, Catherine, in a private ceremony in Cedar City. He is survived by his children John Russo (and wife Dija Russo), Joseph Russo (and wife Jaimee Kidder), and David Russo. He is preceded in death by his parents, and his child Eleanor Russo, who died in infancy in 1979. In accordance with his wishes, a viewing will be held in Salt Lake City, at Garner Funeral Home on Thursday, January 5, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Those who knew him are welcome to say a few words. There will be no formal service or reception. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.garnerfuneral.com