Obituary: Mark Timothy Russell


Mark Timothy Russell

1948 – 2024


Mark Timothy Russell, 75, died January 11, 2024 in Bellingham, WA after a battle with cancer.  Mark was born in Bellingham in 1948 and graduated from Ferndale High School in 1966. He served in the US Air Force from 1966 to 1978 with duty stations in Oregon, Japan, California, and Greece. 

Following his service, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwest College of the Assemblies of God and then worked in various managerial positions in Lacey, WA; Louisville, KY; Bellingham, WA; and Sumas, WA. He retired in 2016 and spent his remaining years visiting with family and friends and traveling.

Mark is survived by his wife of 18 years, Laurie; his former wife of 33 years, Martha; his two sons, Jeffery and Kevin (Taliah); and two stepchildren Brandon (Starla) and Pixie. He also is survived by his mother, Rosalie; his two younger brothers; David and Phillip; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Donald.

A military funeral service will be held on Friday, January 26, 2024, at 12:30 p.m. at the Nooksack Cemetery in Nooksack, Washington. This will be followed by a Celebration of Life at CTK North Bay in Birch Bay, WA at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Whatcom Hospice. Please sign the Book of Memories, light a candle and leave your condolences for the family at