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David James Russell Memorial
David James Russell Memorial

David James Russell

David James Russell

Wednesday, November 9th, 2022

David James Russell, age 62, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 9, 2022.

David was born September 20, 1960, in Burlington, Washington, to Terrence and

Vivian (Davidson) Russell. After graduating from Sedro Woolley High School in 1978, David became a Rotary Exchange Student and lived in France for a year. Afterward, he enrolled at the University of Washington, receiving bachelor’s degrees in political science and French in 1983 and 1984, respectively. He then began law school at Columbia University, receiving his law degree and passing the bar in 1987.  David practiced insurance litigation and was a partner at Keller Rohrback Law in Seattle for most of his career.

Outside the office, David loved to spend time with family and had a passion for the outdoors and sports. He enjoyed biking, fly fishing, and traveling, David cared deeply about those he was close to who enjoyed his smile, sense of humor, and the joy and exuberance he showed when he was delighted by things big and small.

David is survived by his daughter, Ava Russell; siblings, Renee (Mike) Swanson, Cheri Russell, Stacey Olsen and Wade (Kara) Russell; former wife, Janelle; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Graveside Inurnment will be held at 1:00, Saturday, November 26, 2022 at Hamilton Cemetery where he will be laid to rest with his parents. Share your memories of David and sign the online guest register.


  • jana g fankhauser

    To David’s family,
    We are so sorry to hear of David’s unexpected passing. Our daughter went to school with David’s daughter, Ava. Garreth, Anuja and I all send our heartfelt condolences in this difficult time for the Russell family. We wish you peace and comfort—and hold you in our thoughts. Our heartfelt wishes are with you. Jana Fankhauser, Garreth Schuh, Anuja Schuh

  • Grant Marsh

    To say I was shocked to hear this sad news would be understatement. David and I grew up together and had many adventures (and misadventures) together. We played in band together from Junior high until we graduated high school. Ran track and cross country and for many years growing up sang in a group called just ‘The Boys’ in church. He will be sorely missed by all who ever met him.
    My heartfelt condolences to his family and many friends. God speed David and feel so fortunate to have had you as a friend.

  • Justin Bernier


    Thank you for the rides, the beers, and the stories. You were quick to reach out for a get together, and seemed to be at your best when around others. I know you loved those around you, your family and daughter in particular. You’ll be missed!


  • Kriste Lusk

    So many. Thanksgiving memories… best hugs… just like his Papa and mama… warm smile. Even to a young annoying cousin… I regret not getting in contact more often. we had some great genealogy conversations.
    You are messed and loved more then you ever know

  • Frank Cordell

    David was a great attorney and great person. He will be missed in the Seattle legal community.