Rusten Roland Hallmark was born to Joan and Roland Hallmark at Saint Luke's Hospital, Houston Texas on October 27, 1956. After Roland completed his military service, the family moved to Dallas, Texas where Russ grew up and attended school in the bedroom community of Richardson. In 1973 the family moved to East Texas where he attended Brownsboro High School and graduated in 1975. He then went on to attend Trinity Valley Community College, Tyler Junior College, and ultimately The University of Texas at Austin where in 1983 he earned a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts. With encouragement from his professors he considered attending Yale, New Haven to pursue his graduate degree and subsequently teach. Regretfully this plan was abandoned when he accepted a management job with a Dallas based retailer.
Rusten passed away on December 23, 2016 at the age of 60. He is survived by his parents, Joan and Roland Hallmark, wife Maryfrances Hallmark, son Carter Hallmark, brother Ron Hallmark, sister in law Stacy Hallmark, and their children Hunter and Hannah Hallmark.
He is preceded in death by his precious daughter Hayley Hallmark.
A memorial service will be held on January 7, 2017 at the 1st United Methodist Church of Chandler at 2:00P.M. In lieu of flowers you may make donations in honor of Hayley Hallmark or Rusten Hallmark to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 1021 E. SE Loop 323, Suite 300 C Tyler, Texas 75701.
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