Mark Patton, 59, April 6 in Brownwood. Although struggling with cancer for several years, Patton continued to teach business courses at Howard Payne University, where he was professor of business administration.
He taught at HPU five years, capping a teaching career that took him to Australia, Michigan, Indiana and West Virginia. He also wrote a book titled Active Encouragement.
He is survived by his wife, Lois; sons, Ryan and James; brothers, Stephen and Paul; and three grandsons.