Russell George Austin

February 4, 1949September 20, 2012

Russell George Austin passed away on September 20, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona. Russell was born with Downs Syndrome and was a very special person whom everyone loved that knew or cared for him. He worked at Marc Center Sheltered Work Shop and he lived at Marc Center’s Group Home that his parents helped to start in the 1970s. Russell was preceded in death by Roger Austin, Mabel Crandall, Jerry Austin, David Austin and Sara Meyers. He is survived by his parents, Lawrence and Mabel Austin; sisters Edie Rudrick and Florence Lembeck; brother Stuart Austin; 23 nieces and nephews. We love you. There are too many people to mention that cared for Russell and that helped him develop into the great person that he was. Visitation to be held at 9:00 am, Friday, September 28, 2012 with Services to follow at 9:30 am at Melcher Mortuary Chapel of the Roses, 43 S. Stapley Dr., Mesa, AZ. Burial will be at City of Mesa Cemetery. Please pay tribute to Mr. Austin by visiting the families website,


  • Funeral Service Friday, September 28, 2012
  • Visitation Friday, September 28, 2012

Russell George Austin

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September 27, 2012

To the family: Be courageous and strong. When your strength is gone and endurance tested. Do not suffer shock or be terrified for God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9) With deepest sympathy.

September 25, 2012

Russel was a happy guy. Always in good spirits. He made evryone around him laugh. We will miss him

September 25, 2012

Russell would be at bowling with my brother when I was a little girl. He used to tap me with his cane and joke around. In the years since, he worked at MARC center with my brother until he retired and was always thought of once he stopped coming to work. He will be missed. Hugs to Russell's family. Jenn Alig (Matt's sister)