Mills & Mills Funeral Home & Memorial Park

5725 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater, WA


Mark Sandberg

July 20, 1963December 6, 2019
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On December 6, 2019, Mark won his battle and freed his body from ALS. He passed away peacefully in his sleep at home alongside his wife, Tina, and children, Benny and Nevaeh.

He leaves behind his mother Ramona (Lentz) Sandberg; his wife Tina Sandberg; his children Benny, Nevaeh, Svenja and Ren; two grandchildren; siblings Steven, Tamela and James and their spouses ; nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews; and aunts, uncles and cousins. Mark was preceded in death by his father, Benny Sandberg, and uncle, Donald Lentz.

Born the youngest of four on July 20, 1963, in San Diego, California, Mark moved to Minnesota at age 11. He attended Crosby-Ironton High School and graduated in 1982.

Mark joined the U.S. Army in 1983 where he served for 21 years, retiring in 2004 as a SFC.

He then started a new career path with Intercity Transit where he worked 14 years and retired as Operations Manager in 2018.

Mark’s joys in life were his family, serving his country and community. His greatest hobbies were camping, boating, fishing, traveling, football, a good BBQ and a cold beer. He will be missed beyond words.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made toward the funeral expenses at WSECU, account # 7179762. Any remaining funds in the funeral account after expenses will be donated to the ALS Association in Mark’s name.

Services will be held on December 17, 2019 at Crosslake Lutheran Church in Crosslake, Minnesota. Visitation will begin at 1:00pm with Services starting at 2:00pm.

Services will be also be held in Tumwater, Washington on December 27, 2019 at Mills & Mills Funeral Home. Service will begin at 11:00am with a Graveside service to follow at 3:00pm at Tahoma National cemetery in Kent, WA.

The family also would like to invite family and friends of Mark to join them on December 28, 2019 from 12pm until 6pm at Hallen Hall to enjoy BBQ and a nice cold beer.


  • Visitation Tuesday, December 17, 2019
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, December 17, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, December 27, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, December 27, 2019
  • Celebration Reception Saturday, December 28, 2019


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Apryl Jacques

December 27, 2019

Mark and I had a lot of fun times together. He always told people that I was his “ caretaker “ and not his “caregiver” . He would always tell me when I drove his van “ Drive it like you stole it”. I use to drive it really slow, I had a VIP in the car . I will sure miss him , not just a client but my friend!!!

Dylan Randazzo

December 26, 2019

So happy we got to spend some time together this year. I’m grateful I got to catch up with your loving family, too. I wanted to add a more recent photo to that one from 1998. This one is from summer of 2019.

Dylan Randazzo

December 26, 2019

Rest in peace “Big Daddy” Mark Sandberg. You were a tremendous friend, leader and coach for me and so many other brothers in arms. I can’t thank you enough for welcoming me into the Army back in 1997, introducing me and Aimee to your wonderful family, and keeping up with us all these years. As my first Platoon Sergeant when I was a brand new 2nd Lieutenant, you helped make me a better officer and imparted many lessons that have served me well to this day. We are so lucky to have had such a positive and supportive leader, the kind of guy that personified the brotherhood and esprit de corps that endeared many of us to the Army life. I have so many fond memories of my time with you in the Service. Thanks for everything you have done for me and your old Vanguard brothers. You will be sorely missed, but never forgotten. With much love to you and the Sandberg family. -The Randazzo family

Rudy Vento

December 18, 2019

Mark will be remembered for his kindness and he always took his employees and coworkers out for lunches. He was always interested in how your family was doing and your well-being. He was my special Jack in the box buddy. He will be sorely missed he was one of the most respected leaders that I’ve ever worked with and throughout the transit agencies. RIP my friend ❤️

Joanne Pickar

December 13, 2019

Mona and family , I’m so sorry you have to bear this hard job. Walking in your shoes, my only advice, cherish your memories of Mark and all remain close for comfort. My prayers to you all and gather comfort from God’s peace.
Grant & Joanne (Hall) Pickar.

Treacy Funk

December 12, 2019

Lots of love to one of the most kind, generous, and best friends a person can have. So many great memories! Mark will be missed. My thoughts and prayers to Tina and the rest of the family.

Jackie Rafferty

December 12, 2019

Mark is loved by so many and for good reason, wonderful kind man, he loved and adored his wife Tina. I am sorry I will never get to taste one of his famous smoked pork. Rest In Peace Mark, the world has lost one of the good ones 4 sure.❤️

Mary Shearer

December 12, 2019

R.I.P. mark and i will pray for your family you will be miss by a lot of people

Kendra Morton

December 12, 2019

Mark came to Intercity Transit as a driver, but quickly found his way up the ladder. It's no surprise he did. He had that magical ability to be everything to all people. As a driver, he was excellent. As a communicater, excellent. As a friend, none better. Mark was everything to everybody. I saw not one fault in him. This is what made him so effective at work, at home, in the public eye, EVERYWHERE. I have always wondered why God takes the good ones so soon. Perhaps it is because they have reached the Pinnacle of Godliness. Mark, you are what I would want all people to be. You are SORELY missed by so many. God bless your family, for they now carry your legacy. May your beautiful legacy live forever.

Bobby Garrette

December 11, 2019

There are no words to express how much you mean to me and how much you will be missed Big Daddy! Not just by me but by everybody you have ever crossed paths with! But thank God I was a lucky one and was blessed as a young Private because you took me under your wing and taught me what being a Man, a Father, and a Soldier was really about and more importantly what having love for your brothers, having integrity and having solid core values really meant! (Oh and I'm pretty sure there are a lot of people who appreciate you teaching me about what Tact means too!) lol
But I am so very thankful to you for being such a great Mentor and Friend to me threw it all and for all the years following. No matter what you always had faith in me and it would push me to accomplish any task at any cost that was given to me because I would rather die than disappoint or let you down, but even when I did you never gave up on me or turned your back on me, instead you just picked me up and dusted me off and would say or do something to boost my morale again and that is what made you such a great leader and person in general. God sure broke the mold when he made you because he knew he would never be able to repeat it Brother so thank you for your service and your commitment to our great country and to me and Jimmy and all the rest along the way, I love you brother and I know we will cross paths again on the other side and we will pick right back up with all the jokes and the laughs and cutting up with each other but most important with the love right where we left off........Red 7 Golf Out..............