A photo of Mark Patterson in 2015.

A photo of Mark Patterson in 2015.

Mark Patterson, 68, of the Festus area was found dead this morning (Feb. 19) near his vehicle south of Festus, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The family requests some time to deal with the loss, said Patterson's son, Ross. "Please give us a little bit of time," he said.  

Patterson was the longtime owner of the old Fast Foto Studios in Crystal City.

Crystal City Police Chief Chad Helms said Patterson was last seen Thursday night (Feb. 18) at the Crystal City-Festus Elks Lodge No. 1721 in Crystal City.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Grant Bissell said Crystal City Police found Patterson in unincorporated Jefferson County and notified the Sheriff’s Office.

“The body of Mark C. Patterson was found this morning,” Bissell said. “We were notified about five minutes before 10. He was found in the 1800 block of Plattin Road. He was outside of his vehicle. There is no suspicion of foul play.”

No other details were available, Bissell said.

Mark and wife, Nancy Patterson, owned Fast Foto for more than three decades and sold the two parts of their business (photography and framing) to separate interests in 2017.

Fast Foto spent about 30 years in a building at 612 S. Truman Blvd., and in 2015, they sold the property to developers who tore it down and built a Panda Express restaurant. They moved Fast Foto to 510 N. Truman Blvd., Crystal City, until selling the business operations and retiring in 2017.