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Mark “Captain Nordic” Nadell Remembered by Wife and Kids

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Mark Nadell's Celebration of Life

When: Feb. 12, 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Tahoe Donner Adventure Center, 15275 Alder Creek Rd., Truckee
More info: See below.

Mark Steven Nadell (aka “Captain Nordic”) passed away on the evening of Feb. 5, 2017, surrounded by his wife and children at 60 years young. Mark had been under treatment for metastatic melanoma for a little more than two years. Born in North Hollywood and raised in the San Fernando valley, Mark attended CSU Northridge, initially as a music major, ultimately graduating with a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies. During his teens and early 20s, he spent much of his free time hiking and skiing in the mountains of Southern California and in Yosemite. He developed a deep love for the outdoors and outdoor activities.

Mark eventually moved to Berkeley, where he worked at Sierra Designs and Marmot Mountain Works (to support his outdoor habits). He continued to spend his free time in the Sierra backpacking and skiing, as well as cycling all around the Bay Area. During those years he developed an interest in advertising and marketing and ultimately earned an MBA from UC Berkeley. While at Cal, he met his wife, Pati, and also started his graphic design business: MacBeth Graphics.

Mark and Pati bought their first home in Truckee in 1988, and moved there permanently in 1991, where they raised their two children: Jordan, 26, and Rachell, 23. Mark was truly a modern day renaissance man, having many interests and talents. He ran his own graphic design business until his death, while also being the main coach for the Truckee middle school’s nordic ski team, coaching hundreds of kids over the course of 16 years. His main focus in that function was to promote a love of the outdoors, as well as teaching life skills by encouraging his athletes to do their personal best and to try things they did not think that they could do. Mark always emphasized the effort put forward as more important than the results achieved. He also personally enjoyed many passions: nordic skiing and ski racing, cycling, hiking, and playing basketball, where he was a regular at the pick-up court.

Other facets of Mark’s life included music: he was an active member of Truckee Alliance for the Musical Arts (TAMA) and played piano in numerous holiday shows. He was also the pianist for many of the Truckee High School musicals, and supported music and music programs (especially for youth) throughout his life. As an amateur photographer, he specialized in sports photography — always managing to capture the joy and hard effort put in by athletes of all levels and ages.

Mark’s proudest accomplishments were his two children, who are self-reliant, independent, and unique young adults who amused him and brought him great joy throughout his life.

Mark is survived by his wife of 30 years, Pati Johnson (of Truckee), his children Jordan Nadell (of Hayward) and Rachell Nadell (of Seattle), and his siblings Sally Emeson (of Oakland), Bob Emeson (of Santa Monica), and Barry Nadell (of Chatsworth). His spirit lives on in the lives of his many friends and the multitude of families who were touched by his energy, enthusiasm, and passion. He will not be forgotten.

An Invitation to Mark Nadell's Celebration of Life

Feb. 12, 5 to 7 p.m., Tahoe Donner Adventure Center, 15275 Alder Creek Rd., Truckee

Please wear bright colors (per Captain Nordic).

Light appetizers will be served. The parking is limited at the Adventure Center, so please use the lot at the Tahoe Donner Downhill Center; a shuttle service will be provided.

Rachell is collecting photos of Mark. Please upload fun and unique pictures that you have taken to this dropbox link, which she will also post on Facebook. She has access to all of Mark's photos on Facebook and Smugmug, please do not include any of those.

The family recognizes that numerous people would like to share "Mark stories" and reminiscences. Mitch Dion and Jeff Schloss will be orchestrating commentary. If you have a particular sentiment that you would like to share, contact Mitch or Jeff.

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