Master Sgt. Mark A. McCowan, 45, Fayetteville, N.C., formerly of New Salem, died Feb. 9, 2017, at Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, N.C. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the New Salem High School with the Rev. Joshua Eddy officiating.
Mark Alan McCowan was born April 9, 1971, in Bismarck, to Gene and Delores McCowan. He was raised and educated in New Salem. Mark joined the United States Army on October 2, 1989, and began his career as a Motor Transport Operator. He served in various positions while stationed in Mannheim, Germany and Fort Riley, Kan., before he attended the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course and the 18C Special Forces Qualification Course to become a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant in 2002. Master Sgt. McCowan served with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Ky., and the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) before being assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). During his career, he served in six combat deployments in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
On January 12, 2005, Mark married Candace L. McCowan in Clarksville, Tenn. Mark and Candace were members of Manna Church in Fayetteville, N.C. Mark was also a member of the Special Operations Survivors organization.
Blessed to have shared his life is his wife, Candace L. McCowan, Fayetteville, N.C.; his children, Talus McCowan (27, Grand Forks, N.C.), Kayla Ezzell (17, Fayetteville, N.C.), Cassie McCowan (11, Fayetteville, N.C.), and Aubry McCowan (9, Fayetteville, N.C.); his parents, Gene R. and MaryAnn McCowan and Delores A. “Foxy” and Andy Brunen, New Salem; brothers, Dave McCowan and Tyler McCowan; brothers-in-law, Joshua Miller and Adam Brinkley; and sisters-in-law, JoAnn Brinkley Hobson, Christine Nicole Howell, and Melissa Jo Brinkley.