Lifenotes: Mark Russo

Longtime tour production manager Mark Russo has died at age 55. The Albuquerque, NM native passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2011.

Russo spent several years with the Tim McGraw tour, and later worked at Production Impact. His career also included time as a lighting director, and entrepreneur. Loved ones describe him as a father, artist, friend and mentor.

In the summer of 2000, Russo even got tossed in jail with McGraw and Kenny Chesney during a beef with the Erie County, New York sheriff’s officers which started when Chesney rode one of their horses.

Russo is survived by son Aaron, and daughter Kristin. A memorial will take place Sun., March 27 in Albuquerque. Details are yet to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for contributions to the “Mark Russo Burial Account” at Bank of America, account # 439004431288. For questions please contact Marco Nunez at thearkiteks@aol.com.

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