Mark L. Grambo

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It is with great sadness that the family of Mark L. Grambo announces his death on August 4, 2018 after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He spent his last months surrounded by his loving family and friends. Mark was born in 1962, graduated from Burlington-Edison High School, and completed his Business /Computer Science degree at Pacific Lutheran University in 1985. He excelling in multiple sports and in high school was a nine-sport letterman. Mark was captain of his high school football team, as well as at PLU, where he and twin brother Mike played in two national championships. Mark was named to the NAIA Academic All-American Team 1985. Mark worked his way through college as a welder, and in 1987 he taught young men welding as a trade through a missionary organization in Pakistan. He lived and worked for many years as a data architect in the Seattle area, while serving in street ministry there, trying to live out the Scripture "Give to anyone who asks." He returned to study and earned an M.Div. at Regent College, where he met Gillian. They married in 1994, and they raised and homeschooled their four children in Bellingham. Since 2000 Mark was CEO of his own software consulting firm. In 2008 Mark took time to pursue Jewish Studies at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, returning to Bellingham and his consulting work in 2011. He is survived by his wife of twenty-four years Gillian (Saunders), sons Isaiah and Joshua, daughters Sophia and Emily, sister Teresa (Mark) Douglass, brother Michael (Cheryl), mother Marilyn (Dalson) and step-father Bruce Grambo, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members and friends. He is pre-deceased by his father Donald. Mark will be remembered for his care for others, especially in times of trouble, his deep Christian faith and strong intellect, his growth mindset, his generosity, his ability to figure out any problem or fix anything, his unwavering commitment to his family, his fun-loving and adventurous attitude, and friendship that offered encouragement, challenge, and nurture. A celebration of life will be held at 2 pm, Saturday, August 25 at Hillcrest Chapel in Bellingham. Memorial donations in Mark's name may be made to Whatcom Hospice, in gratitude for the care they provided during his illness. Arrangements, online obituary and guestbook by Whatcom Cremation & Funeral, 360-734-7073, wcremation.com
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Aug. 12, 2018