BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Mark L. Swartzell, 79, longtime resident of Sierra Vista, passed away peacefully on Sept. 9, 2017 surrounded by his loved ones, after a courageous battle with prostate cancer. From the time of Mark’s diagnosis three years ago until the day he passed he continued to live his life to the fullest.
Mark was born Jan. 2, 1938 in Kalispel, Montana to Orlan and Flora Swartzell and was raised in Seattle, Washington. He joined the military at a young age and served nearly 30 years in many locations and countries to include Holland, Germany, Vietnam, Korea and Saudi Arabia. After retiring from active duty, he continued his service to the nation as a Department of the Army Civilian, serving at Fort Huachuca and Washington, D.C. until his retirement in 2002.
Mark (aka) “Fisherman at Large” had many hobbies such as boating and hunting, but his passion was fishing. A highlight of his life was when he caught a 50 pound salmon surpassing the family record. In retirement, Mark and Elaine enjoyed their annual trips to Canada, Washington, and Mexico, and added to their repertoire of many friends along the way.
Mark was predeceased by his parents and his beloved son, Scott Swartzell. He is survived by his loving partner of nearly 30 years, Elaine Norton; daughters, Marilyn Heller, Debra (Mike) Nicolet-Taylor, Terri (Rick) Jay, Patti Temple; brother, Phil (Kaye) Swartzell; and Elaine’s children, Craig (Jodi) Norton and Holly Norton; 15 grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews, great-grandchildren; and his former spouse, Charlene Swartzell.
A Celebration of his Life will be held September 23, 2017 at the home of Diane and Lawrie Lyttle, 928 Merritt St., Coquitlam, BC. and a military service will be held at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Oct. 6, 2017 followed by a Celebration of Life at 2 p.m. at 1865 Laurel Lane, Sierra Vista, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity or do a kind deed.
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