Marvin Mark Cotton

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Marvin Mark Cotton, 56, of Eldorado, passed away late Tuesday evening, May 27, 2014, at Jackson County Memorial Hospital in Altus.
Mark was born in Quanah, Texas on Feb. 11, 1958, to Jean Marvin and Lavinia Darlene (Wesley) Cotton. After attending and graduating from Eldorado High School in 1976, Mark attended Central State College where he obtained a degree in education. A teacher and coach for many years, Mark began his career at Marland, and later spent time teaching and coaching at Duke, Arnett, Wilson, Hanna, Billings, Olustee and Lone Wolf. Mark loved working with school athletes and helping them with their skills. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, watching sports, coin collecting, working on the farm and spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jean Marvin Cotton; his grandparents, Gene and Flaval Cotton, Harold and Evelyn Wesley and Lucy and Morris Smith; one niece, Jennie Coley; and one great-niece, Erica Nolen.
Mark is survived by his mother, Lavinia Darlene (Wesley) Leese of Eldorado; two children, Jonathan Cotton of Weatherford, and Kayla Cotton-Basaldua and husband Mitchell of Altus; one grandson, Easton Carter Basaldua of Altus; two sisters, Darla Johnston and husband Gene of Ochelata, and Barbara Hyman and husband Arlen of Weatherford; one brother, Delbert Cotton and wife Kris of Olustee; along with many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home Chapel, in Altus, with Pastor Pete Wylie officiating. Interment will follow at the Eldorado Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home of Altus.
Online tributes may be made to the family at
For family and friends not able to attend the service, Lowell-Tims will provide a live web-cast of the service beginning at 9:58 a.m., Saturday. Go to and click on obituaries. Then click on Mark Cotton. There will be a large button inviting you to join the web-cast.

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Lowell-Tims Funeral Home And Crematory
1100 E Tamarack Rd
Altus, OK 73521
(580) 482-1212
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Published in Altus Times from May 29 to May 30, 2014
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