Goodbye Mark: Altus Times Sports Editor Passes Away

May 7, 2014

Longtime Altus Times Sports Editor Mark Glenn passed away in a peaceful, comfortable moment on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the age of 61, after a long battle with cancer.

Mark lived and breathed sports, from the Altus Bulldogs and other local high teams, to the Western Pioneers, but most importantly, his beloved OU Sooners. If Mark wasn’t wearing the Altus Bulldogs’ blue and white, he was in a crimson and cream T-Shirt or ball cap.

His newspaper career has included being an area news reporter for the Lawton Constitution, and being a reporter, Assistant to the Editor, and later being named Sports Editor for the Altus Times.

Mark has spent over 35 years in the news and sports fields, including more than 30 of those years with the Altus Times.

From 1972-1984 he covered the city of Altus, Jackson County and crime beats for the Altus Times, and was also an assistant to the sports editor. He left the Times in 1984 to work at KWHW Radio in both news and sports.

From 1987 to 1990 he was an area news reporter for the Lawton Constitution.

He rejoined the Altus Times staff in 1993 as a general reporter, was later promoted to Assistant Managing Editor, and was currently serving as the Altus Times Sports Editor.

In 2007, Mark was inducted into the Oklahoma Press Association’s Quarter Century Club. The award honors those who have dedicated 25 or more years of professional service to the newspaper industry.

He has also been recognized by Western Oklahoma State College, as well as being inducted to the Jackson County Athletics Hall of Fame.

Mark was a Christian, and a member of the First Baptist Church in Altus.

Aside from sports, one of Mark’s favorite activities was dining out, and knew many of the waitresses in town by their first names. He was a regular at the Friendship Inn Restaurant where he was more than a customer - he was a part of the Friendship family. As a matter of fact, several of these helped to take care of Mark in his last days.

Along with sports, Mark will be remembered for his sense of humor, and how he loved to tease and joke with everyone, especially his co-workers.

Local services for John Mark Glenn are pending with Lowell-Tims Funeral Home in Altus.