Memorial gathering June 8 at 2 p.m. at Desert View Tower
East County News Service
May 31, 2019 (Jacumba) -- Local icon "Mountain Man" Dennis Ruth passed away May 23rd after a battle with cancer. He spent his early years in Santee, and the rest of his life in the high desert community of In Ko Pah, near Jacumba.
His stone cabin became a hidden local treasure which took him 30 years to build and where he lived without electricity with his dogs and mule named Big John.