All the way back in 1981, Mario Segale was renting a Tukwila warehouse to Nintendo of America. Little did Segale know that his ties would Nintendo would help them name their most popular character. Up until that point, Nintendo's Mario was known as Jumpman, but they wanted to give the character a proper name. They decided to go with Mario, the same name as their warehouse landlord.
Mario Segale has unfortunately passed away at the age of 84. It goes without saying that Mr. Segale's ties to Nintendo's greatest franchise will keep his legacy alive for many, many years to come.