Mario A. Segale
1934 - 2018
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Mario A. Segale

Mario A. Segale, from Tukwila, WA passed away surrounded by his family on October 27, 2018. He was born April 30, 1934 in Seattle, WA to first generation Italian immigrant farmers, Louis and Rina Segale and was their only child. It was a humble beginning for a man who, with sheer determination and unbelievable self-taught business acumen, created a remarkable legacy.

Mario graduated from Highline High School in 1952 and soon after, he started his own construction company with a single dump truck. In 1957, he married his wife, Donna, and together they worked side by side while Mario built M.A. Segale, Inc., into one of the prominent heavy construction general contractors in the Northwest. Mario and Donna had four children (Lisa, Mark, Tina and Nita) and raised them in the business. Over his life, many special, loyal and hardworking employees helped Mario achieve his accomplishments. He was in equal parts generous and demanding to the people who worked with and for him, including his family. Mario had a gift for chewing you out while making you want to work harder. He was known for his ability to lead with his own iconic style and having the vision to always know exactly where he was headed next.

In the 1930's, Mario's parents began purchasing land in the Tukwila Valley. He continued these strategic purchases and established Segale Business Park in Tukwila in the early 1970's. In 1998, after 45 years, Mario looked ahead with his normal foresight and decided to sell M.A. Segale, Inc. so that the family could concentrate on its real estate holdings. Under his leadership, Segale Properties has long established a significant position in the Seattle commercial real estate market. In addition, Mario saw yet another opportunity in acquiring and developing agricultural land, including a vineyard, in Eastern Washington. Later in life, it was his trips to Othello and the people there that grounded him and brought him back to his family's farming roots.

Although he took little time away from work, Mario loved hunting, fishing, his airplane, a good joke, the color red, great Italian food (with no cheese!), an excellent cigar and his view of Puget Sound. His passion was figuring out how to do things in new and better ways, which often included drawing things on the backs of napkins and placemats. The innovations he brought to the construction industry that are still seen today attest to his remarkable creativity. While he was the inspiration for the name of Nintendo's 'Super Mario' from when they were tenants in his business park in the 1970's, he always ducked the notoriety and wanted to be known instead for what he accomplished in his life. Indeed, for generations of his family to come, and for the people who had a chance to know him well, his impact will remain ever present.

Loved by his family and respected by many, Mario is survived by his wife of 62 years, Donna; his four children, Lisa Atkins (Robert), Mark Segale (Keri), Tina Covey (Todd), Nita Johnson (Brian); and nine grandchildren, Ryan, Justan and Devan Atkins; Erin Segale Wagner (Tyson) and Kirstin Segale; Lauren and Rachel Covey; Tanner and Cady Johnson.

Funeral services will be private. Written remembrances can be shared on the online guestbook at marlattfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Catholic Community Services of King County at https://www.ccsww.org, Fred Hutch Cancer Research at https://www.fredhutch.org/donate, or a local charity of your choice.

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Published in The Seattle Times from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, 2018.
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November 27, 2018
My payers goes out for the segale family for their loss it was a honor working with the segale family. Mario and the segale family have big heart. Thank you for everything!!!! Rest In Peace. Inocencio Lopez.
Inocencio Lopez
November 27, 2018
My payers goes out for the segale family for their loss it was a honor working with the segale family. Mario and the segale family have big heart. Thank you for everything!!!! Rest In Peace. Inocencio Lopez.
Inocencio Lopez
November 7, 2018
I want to thank mario for giving me a chance to work for him in 1988 for Segale business park those were great times and of course mark Lisa Tina and Nita and grandma to I learned a bunch working for you guys and made me who i am now my condolences
Raul G Martinez
November 7, 2018
Mario had a huge influence on my wife Paulie and I. He was a Great man and raised a fantastic family. We will all miss him.
Thank you.
Steve & Paulie McCabe
November 6, 2018
Only knew of Mr Segale through his daughter Tina and her family, Todd, Lauren and Rachel, but they are as equally impressive as Mr Segale obviously was. Tami and I send love, warmest wishes and positive thoughts that Mr Segale's legacy will live on through the Coveys. He may have left your presence, but he is forever in your hearts. Until we all meet again on the other side...
Jim Epting
November 5, 2018
So very sorry for your loss. Deb Kaser
November 4, 2018
Nancy Hoksbergen
November 4, 2018
thank you for all the work. thank you for a great family. I know as a Driver I was the only one that He Lisa and Mark ever told to slow down. to the Family have many more great years.
Jeff Murphy
Coworker
November 4, 2018
Although I only worked for Mario for one season in 92, I use the knowledge I learned on a daily basis. Every time I go into Bado I feel I'm in the presence of greatness. I still have a picture of the dump truck I drove for him on the wall in my shop. My condolences to the Segale family. Rest In Peace Mario
Mike Kirsch
November 4, 2018
I'm truly saddened to hear of Mario Segale's passing he was one of those people who I thought would be here forever I was a young truck driver in the early 70's who he gave a chance to work the best 10 year work experience I could have received he had and promoted a great work ethic he will surely be missed and my condolences to his family
Barry Anderson
November 3, 2018
I worked for Mario for over 20 years. He was a wonderful person to work with and I feel he helped me become the person I am today. I have wonderful memories of Mario and he will be missed by all who knew him. Willard C. Johnson Jr.
Willard Johnson
November 3, 2018
God Bless his sole.
Prayers be with the Family of.
Jerry Banko
November 2, 2018
So sad to hear. my condolences to the family.
Marty Kash
November 2, 2018
My deepest condolences to the family on the loss of a great man. I am sorry for your pain and suffering. He had a huge effect on me and he will be missed. The things that he taught me have really helped shape me throughout my life. Rest in peace Mario.
Duane Smith
November 2, 2018
My deepest sympathy to the family. May the God of comfort grant you strength during this difficult time.
October 31, 2018
Mario Segale the legend in the Constitution Industry inspired so many, including me. I was lucky early on working with a great leader that started with Segale in the early years.
After Seeing his big Mack trucks going up and down west valley highway in the 1970's when I attended O'Brien grade school I was in 4th grade I watched them skid at the stop sign and spew black smoke when the light changed at 212th. Watched during class when the big pre-load went in at Boeing, that's when I knew I wanted to work Construction.
Thank you for the inspiration Mario, you will be missed.
Prayers and thoughts, to Segale family.
Ralph Lopriore
October 31, 2018
Mario Segale the legend in the Constitution Industry inspired so many, including me. I was lucky early on working with a great leader that started with Segale in the early years.
After Seeing his big Mack trucks going up and down west valley highway in the 1970's when I attended O'Brien grade school I was in 4th grade I watched them skid at the stop sign and spew black smoke when the light changed at 212th. Watched during class when the big pre-load when at Boeing, that's when I knew I wanted to work Construction.
Thank you for the inspiration Mario, you will be missed.
Prayers and thoughts, to Segale family.
Ralph Lopriore
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