Born in Jamestown ND to Asa Swartzell and Marjorie J (Lang) Swartzell. Mark graduated from Jamestown High School class of 1968. He served in the United States Navy as a corpsman. His love for public broadcasting and armature radio has been his career and hobby for many years. He was news director at Regional Radio Operation “Dakota News Network” based in Fargo for 20 plus years. Mark was a member of the Lighthouse Church in Fargo and was well loved by his church family; he was also involved in local amateur radio clubs. Mark was a member of the American Veterans Color Guard. He is survived by his son Tyler, sister Janet Hinson, niece Kiran Kanaan and nephews Aaron Yunker and Andrew Bhatnagar.
Internment was 8-13-2012 at Fargo National Cemetery with full Military Honors. Donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation.