Mark Edward Altom, age 47, formerly of Lowell, died unexpectedly Friday, February 24, 2017 in Crestview, FL. He was preceded in death by his cousin, Kyle Wheeler; and brother-in-law, Andy Gonzales. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie Altom; their children, Justin, Malachi and Jace Altom, Desiree and Kayleigh Striplin; parents, Marsha and Melvin Altom; brother, Mike (Dayna) Altom; sister, Melissa (Russ) White; grandchildren, Bailey and JJ Altom; mother-in-law, Donna Gonzales; father-in-law, Robert (Cheryl) Gonzales; aunts; uncles; many cousins and friends. Mark was a veteran of the US Army and a true patriot. He was a special person who would do anything for a friend and much more for a person in need. His easy-going personality and smile quickly drew people to him, and he made friends with almost everyone he met. He was a family man who loved his wife and children dearly, and he will be missed by many. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 2275 W. Main St., Lowell. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., with a luncheon immediately following the service.