Date of Birth: February 08, 1961
Date of Death: May 15, 2022
Mark Walker Russell Feb 8, 1961 – May 15, 2022 Mark Russell was born in Arizona, and he peacefully passed away at the Mayo Clinic, in Phoenix. Son of Shirley and Thomas Russell, who along with his beloved brother, all passed too early. It was all too soon for this youthful man, who a few years back battled cancer and won. You might remember Mark as a great friend, and for his large personality and strong work ethic. He will also be remembered for the love he gave his family, personal passions, tremendous intelligence, great sense of humor, and of course, much of the tough backstory and slips that just made him that much more human and humane. Mark was a wonderful father, partner, colleague and friend. He had a sweetness and easy charm that made people want to be around him and love him effortlessly. He was not shy when it came to being silly and cheerful. While his challenging youth could have left him bitter or resentful, he overcame so much and maintained a warmth and positivity throughout his life. He was relentlessly kind, caring deeply about those in his life and always there for them. While he was regularly self-deprecating, quick to poke fun at himself, when it came to others he would never speak ill or gossip, gracefully changing the subject to avoid even one negative word. Mark was also unassuming and non-judgmental, moving through life with a rare sense of quiet humility and deep generosity of spirit. When you think of Mark, even as a man of 61, he had a youthful humor, a boyish twinkle in his eye and mischievous grin that made you think of swimming holes and paper routes and red Arizona dirt under his fingernails. But, behind this charisma, he was a steadfast family man and hard worker who showed up for the people in his life when they needed him most. As much as he loved to meet up with family or friends, if you tried to make plans for a Saturday, you better had marked your spot in early- lock in the date and time- or the time slot would go fast! Saturdays where his day at the Dance floor. The Green. Perhaps the term comes from the smooth surface and relative flatness of the green, or maybe it is meant to convey the joy that accompanies finally making it to the green. Mark would travel anywhere that was in his capabilities to make it to a course. With or without you! Saturday golf was his day of worship. A day of play and a good meal was his idea of a good time. He was survived by his siblings, two sisters Linn and Lamorah, along with his daughter Kayler and granddaughter Chloe. Mark will be missed to the fullest but remembered daily by emulating his generosity, kindness, work ethic and uncanny love for golf! Oh, I mean love for life! He and his brother Tommy are together again telling jokes that we could only imagine would fill our hearts with tears and laughter. We want to encourage anyone that knew Mark to send stories and anecdotes, humorous or heartfelt, to the family at Kayler62@gmail.com. The information for Marks celebration of life will be updated here, set for in the Month of June, at an undetermined date and location.
A celebration of life will be held in the spring of 2023 in Mark's honor. Please contact Mark's daughter Kayler directly for further details.