Mark Thomas Russell passed away unexpectedly on January 4, 2013 at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. He was born June 9, 1965, in that same Hospital, to Thomas W. and Lora P. Russell. He attended Goleta Public Schools, graduating from Dos Pueblos High School in June of 1983.
One of Goleta's best-known small-business owners, Mark operated DandG Automotive for almost twenty-five years. Starting in business as a young man, Mark gained early recognition for his exceptional mechanical and technical skills and, as a result, he earned an unusual level of customer trust and loyalty.
With wide-ranging interests, Mark was also known for his generosity, and always enjoyed his extended circle of committed friends. Mark married Ogden Merenbach November 2nd of 2009 in Las Vegas, bringing new joy and excitement to his life.
In addition to his wife, Oogie, Mark is survived by his Father and his Stepmother, Chris. Also surviving are Mark's Brother, James (Caron, children Samuel and Elizabeth), his Sister, Susan Wollert (Keith, children Angelia, Emily, Kyle, and Jessie), a Step-sister, Jill Jago (Eric, children Amy, Abby, and Paul), and a Step-brother, Derek Benson. Mark was preceded in death by his Mother, Lora, and by his Grandparents, A.A. Pressnall (Caroline) and E.P. Russell (Locie).
A grave-side service will be held at Goleta Cemetery at 1:30 PM on Friday, January 11th, for all those who wish to pay their respects as he is laid to rest.
There is a Celebration of Mark's life planned for January 27th , at the Goleta Elks Club, beginning at 2PM.
In lieu of flowers or memorial gifts, there is to be a Scholarship Fund set up in Mark's name at Dos Pueblos High School; details are being arranged.