Mark Todahl

  Beloved son, brother, uncle and friend Mark Alan Todahl went to heaven on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. He was born on July 29, 1964 to Harlan and Vera Todahl.

  Mark graduated from Nooksack Valley High School and earned a degree in graphic arts in Seattle. Mark had a full life and successful career until he was diagnosed with kidney disease in his 20s and subsequently received a transplant. Mark had many struggles through the years, but maintained a positive attitude and a love for life. When he was able, Mark enjoyed playing pool with friends, going to movies and cheering on the Mariners, Seahawks and the Huskies. Mark was limited in what he could do, but loved to cook and bake cookies when able. Mark was always asking for some kind of comfort food because he needed that in his life. He loved being outdoors and shared his love of dahlias with his dad and mom, and in honor of his dad, Mark, his sister Teresa and a group of hardworking friends helped Mark grow a beautiful garden and also many dahlias with a memory garden honoring his dad in the corner. The garden flourished and they were able to share produce again with family and friends and also donated many pounds to the food bank.

  Mark loved being around people. He loved his family, especially his girlfriend, Sherryl. He was always friendly and enjoyed meeting people on his many bus rides, but especially loved talking on the phone. Mark had a good sense of humor and we will miss him, especially that big cheerful greeting that you always got when he saw you.

  Mark is survived by his mother, Vera; sisters Diane (Bill) VanDiest and Teresa Erickson; brother Jeff (Gwyn) Todahl; nephews and nieces Ryan (Megan) VanDiest, Kellie (Lawrence) VanDiest, Stacie VanDiest, Sam Todahl, Drew Todahl, Bennett DeLong; and many loving relatives and friends.

  Memorials may be made to the Nooksack Valley Food Bank, 204 N. Washington St., Everson, WA 98247; or the Mt. Baker Kidney Center.

  A Celebration of Mark’s life was held in the Westford Funeral Home in Bellingham on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

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