Martin Wayne "Marty" Russell

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Obituary

MARTIN "MARTY" WAYNE RUSSELL
December 2, 1956 ~ January 19, 2011

Martin "Marty" Wayne Russell of Hillsboro, OR, passed away January 19, 2011 having just celebrated his 54th birthday. He had been hospitalized for the past month, suffering a series of strokes after undergoing a procedure to correct an abnormal heart rhythm. Marty was born in North Bend, OR to Wayne (Skip ) Russell and Lavonna Finnecum Johnson. He spent his early years schooling in NW Oregon and Vancouver and graduated from Fort Vancouver High School in 1975.
Shortly after, he moved to Hillsboro and worked for his father before starting his own residential concrete construction company in 1977, Kidd Concrete Company. He then progressed to commercial concrete tilt up construction working throughout the northwest.
In 1988, as his business grew and he became more frustrated having to drive into Portland for concrete construction materials, the travel and being away from his family, he started Westside Concrete Accessories in Hillsboro, OR. Marty would continue to operate Kidd Concrete Company until 1996 when he then devoted himself to Westside Concrete Accessories full time with his wife Cheryl, eventually expanding to six stores across Oregon and Washington.
Marty met his wife, Cheryl Goodrich Russell, while coaching women's slow pitch softball and they married in 1984. He continued playing and coaching men's and women's teams for many years in Hillsboro, until his children were old enough to play sports. He then switched gears and began coaching sports for his four sons, Brandon (24), Bradley (22), Jordan (19) and Jacob (12.)
Marty would now spend his time on what was his true passion, raising his four sons and coaching their sports through their youth. The boys participated in indoor and outdoor soccer and CYO Basketball for St. Matthew School. There were many days 6-7 kids would pile in the suburban and he would drive sport to sport to coach or watch, loving every minute of it. Marty was not only generous with his sons, but with their friends as well. He would become a 2nd father figure to countless boys through the years. As his sons progressed to playing high school soccer, and he shifted from a coach to a fan, he rarely missed a Jesuit High School soccer game.
Marty was an avid music buff, there wasn't a song he didn't know, an adventurous traveler, loving Mexico and Europe, and a serious Parrot head, having seen Jimmy Buffet at least 25-30 times, even recently in concert in Paris, France. He also enjoyed weekends at their beach house in Pacific City with family, friends and three dogs. He also was involved with Pizza Schmizza, loving the construction part of the business and picking out the interior design for the stores.
In addition to Marty's wife Cheryl and four sons, he is survived by his father, Wayne (Skip) Russell; his step-mother, Sue Russell; sister, Brenda Ineson; brothers, Brian (Bud), Bill and Sean Russell and Mike Russell.
His mother Lavonna Johnson preceded him in death.
Services will be held at St. Matthew Church in Hillsboro, OR at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 28, 2011.
Please sign Marty's guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Jan. 23, 2011
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