Mark A. Linnell of Windsor, Colorado died Sunday, September 5, 2010 at his home from complications of pancreatic cancer. He was 56.

Mark was born July 3, 1954 in Los Angeles to Lois and Paul Linnell. He grew up in Palos Verdes, California, graduating from Rolling Hills High School in 1972 before attending Pepperdine University. He married Julia Yellman in 1974 and together they welcomed a daughter Leann before divorcing in 1981. Mark married Jackie Brooks in 1985. Together they have a son, Taylor, and daughter Chelsea.

In 1975 Mark began a career in the printing and advertising industry when he bought TGR Printing in Torrance, California. As this venture grew, he was introduced to the multifamily real estate industry through WEB Laundry Solutions, a service provider to apartment communities. Recognizing an opportunity in this niche market, Mark used his keen sales ability and advertising experience to build a full-service marketing agency specializing in communications programs for the commercial real estate and apartment industries. In 1994, Mark and his family relocated to Niwot, Colorado and eventually moved the company headquarters to neighboring Longmont. During the next 16 years Mark continued to grow his business into one of the leading and most respected communication firms in the multifamily industry – LinnellTaylor Marketing.

Mark was also an active member of his local business communities.  In California, he ran for Torrance City Council in 1984, was an active member and past president of the Torrance Rotary, as well as a board member of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce.  Throughout his time in Colorado, Mark offered his time and talents to the Longmont Chamber of Commerce, serving as a member and past president, to the Longmont YMCA as a board member and board chairman and to the Longmont Rotary.

There was nothing more important to Mark than family and friends. He welcomed everyone he met with open arms and an unforgettable smile.  He believed in the inherent goodness of people and always had an optimistic view on life. Mark loved sharing his passion for music and his enthusiasm for life extended into sports, supporting the Rockies, the Avalanche and the Broncos, his garage (also known as his favorite room in the house), his Corvette as well as keeping up with the latest technologies and current affairs. But the one thing to best describe him was his love for the little things in life. Every morning one could find Mark enjoying a walk with his trusted Welsh Corgie, Mickey. 

Preceding Mark in death are his father, Paul and his sister, Janet.

He is survived by his loving wife Jackie of Windsor, Co, his mother Lois Linnell of Palos Verdes, Ca, children, Leann Montoya of Johnstown, Co, Brooke Clasen of Fort Collins, Co, Taylor Linnell of Windsor, Co, Chelsea Linnell of Fort Collins, Co, nephew Ronnie Hatfield of Longmont, CO, his three granddaughters Audrey, Sophia and Ella, and many other family and friends.

A cremation was entrusted to Allnutt Funeral Services and memorial contributions can be made in Mark’s honor to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or the Longmont YMCA c/o Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 West Drake Road, Fort Collins CO 80526, (970) 482-3208.