Guy “Butch” Markell passed away at home on February 27, 2018 after a three year courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his best friend and love of his life Mary DeVincenzi who was at his side. He is also survived by son Andrew Markell, daughter Amy Rose (Stacey) granddaughter Melanie Russell and great grandson Dylan. He will also be missed by sisters Diane Lujan (Ben), Donna Markell, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Missing him also are many friends and customers of Markell Incorporated.
Preceded in death by parents William and Beatrice Markell, daughter Wendy, sisters
Gay Alana, Gayle, and Gay Ellen.
Butch grew up in the avenues of San Francisco and attended Lincoln High School and San Francisco City College. He worked for Bob Ostrow and then joined the San Francisco Fire Department where he served and retired in the position of night Fire Marshall after being injured on duty protecting a citizen.
His work ethic began as a thirteen year old when he worked at the Ice Follies at Winterland in the city and also began helping his father with the onset of a new business Markell Incorporated on Balboa St. and then later moved to Judah St in the city. Later the business came to Sonoma County where he and his mother made the business prosper and thrive. After losing his home and business in the Tubbs fire he persevered in finding a new location for the family business, on Old Redwood Highwood, Windsor.
Years ago he and several Firefighters took a month long trip to Baja and lived on the beach. He loved going to Lake Pillsbury where for years he had a cabin and enjoyed boating. After visiting Kona, Hawaii he dreamed of retiring there with his wife someday.
Bodega Bay brunch was one of his favorite Sunday outings as well as winning at casinos.
As owner of Markell Incorporated he was a respected businessman and member of
Mark West Chamber of Commerce and the Petaluma Elks, Sons of Norway and The North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation. He had a generous heart and caring manner that extended to friends, family as well as all his customers. In lieu of flowers donation in his memory may be to St Joseph Hospice of Petaluma.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Tuesday March 6, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at St Rose Catholic Church, 398 10th St, Santa Rosa. Visitation will be held on Monday March 5, 2018 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. at Eggen & Lance Chapel, 1540 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.