Lufkin family counselor dead at 60

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin family counselor Mark Alan Sutton died in his home Monday night. He was 60.

Justice of the Peace Donnie Puckett pronounced Sutton dead at his Pollok home at 6:38 p.m. The report said he suffered cardiac arrest, but Puckett did order an autopsy.

Sutton worked in Lufkin as a family counselor with his wife, Juanda Morgan.

According to a previous KTRE report, Sutton worked in the past on rehabilitating sex offenders. In recent years, he switched to working with victims of sex crimes.

"You're really sort of robbing them of their souls and that's actually what I see," Sutton said in an April 2011 interview.

Sutton and his wife faced felony criminal charges in a December 2009 trial, after they were accused of lying on the witness stand about a man whom Morgan said became violent with her in her office. A judge declared it a mistrial after a jury could not reach a verdict. The couple was cleared of the charges in Sept. 2010, when it was determined there was insufficient evidence.

"Ultimately, the basic belief I have that the truth will win out, the truth will be the priority," Morgan said in a 2009 interview. "That did turn out to be the case."

Services will be held on Friday, June 15, at Carroway Chapel. The viewing begins at 2 p.m. and the funeral will begin at 3 p.m. A reception will follow the services at the Angel of Joy Lutheran Church.

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