Arkansas Treasurer Mark Lowery has been in public service since the 1990s.
In fact, he got his start working for then-Lt. Governor Mike Huckabee.
Eventually, he was elected to office in the Arkansas Legislature and was recently serving as the State Treasurer.
Sadly, he passed away at the age of 66 due to recent health complications, reported KARK.
Gone But Not Forgotten
Lowery won his first election for the state legislature in 2012, then went on to serve five terms.
He was then elected as the treasurer in 2022. He had just announced his retirement a few days ago.
Lowery had been having some very serious health complications, having suffered two strokes over just the last few months. He suffered his first stroke while traveling in March, then a second just a few weeks ago at the end of June.
He had announced that he was stepping down effective September 30, then he passed away.
The tributes immediately started to pour in for a man that had served the people of Arkansas for the better part of three decades.
Stephen Bright, chief of staff at the Office of the Treasurer, stated, "We are devastated. Losing Mark represents a huge loss for the entire staff. Mark was an incredible leader and a humble public servant and this was unexpected.
"It's definitely going to take us time to process this. We ask that you keep Mark's family in your thoughts and prayers during this time."
Arkansas Chief Deputy Treasurer Eric Munson had nothing but glowing praise for the man.
He stated, "Mark was very encouraging to the staff. He wanted to help people grow as individuals, grow as professionals," reported KATV.
Munson continued, "He was very adamant about helping homeschool parents and students.
"He was very much into charter schools. He worked very effectively on several issues over his ten years in the legislature and he brought that passion to the treasurer's office that he really wanted to focus on doing a good job and helping the people of Arkansas."
Rest in peace, sir, and the people of Arkansas thank you for your life of service.