Mark Alan Ward, 62, of Early, departed to be with the Lord on Oct. 8, 2018.

Mark was born in Bell, California to Norman and Carol Ward. He was a longtime resident of Early and graduated from Early High School. After graduating from Early High School, Mark went into the Navy and served his country before returning home and marrying Sandra Matacotta in Brownwood on Nov. 10, 1978. Their union was blessed with four children. Mark co-owned Brownwood Drywall where he spent many years building local homes and businesses. His wife and children have fond memories of working with their dad over the years. Mark enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching western movies and he was an avid reader.

Mark is survived by his loving wife, Sandra Ward; sons, Dominic Ward, Markus and wife Beckie Ward of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Kyle and wife Audrey Ward of Brownwood; daughter, Alexa and husband Jay Maddox of Early; his favorite nephew, Josh Matacotta; brothers, Keith Ward, Daryl Ward; and sister, Becky Swanner; nine grandchildren, Jaydan, Aidan, Madelyn, Megan, Kairi, Conner, Lily, Avery and Casey; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Carol Ward.

A visitation has been planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at Heartland Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12 at the Salt Creek Baptist Church with interment to follow at Rock Church Cemetery in Blanket.