Mark Russell
12/02/53 - 10/28/11
Mark had a resonating laugh, a huge heart to go along with his huge stature, a love of life, good food, westerns and long car rides. He always chose to see the best in each and every one of us. He was the kind of person we should teach all of our children to strive to be. He was the proud father of four, born and raised in San Francisco, having a special affinity for the foggy city. A successful 34yr career in the banking industry, held degrees in Criminology and History, a product of the College of Business at San Francisco State University. He played college ball in Oregon and at San Francisco State. Mark tirelessly coached football for numerous years on both the defensive and offensive sides of the ball, from semi-pro, college, high school and yes, even junior midget. He was the ultimate coach, always encouraging the fun of the game and personal excellence. Mark was also the ultimate cheerleader, supporting and encouraging those in his life to grow, love, laugh and seek out the endeavors of their heart. He collected old wall clocks and watches, spoke fluent "percussion" as a professional musician, from the theatrical endeavors of Bill Graham Presents, the national rock'in roll tours for the Doobie Brothers, to founder of local band, East Bay Mudd. Mark tried his hand at many other things from car racing to interior design to acting. He loved street rods and fine examples of early Detroit steel from the nineteen thirties and forties, back when the cars were huge and Hollywood made great Westerns.
Mark, it's just not the same without you and words cannot adequately express how much you're loved and missed by so many. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 2, 2012