Mark Wagoner Sr. becomes first local death due to COVID-19

 Source: Walker Funeral Home
Source: Walker Funeral Home (WTVG)
Published: Mar. 19, 2020 at 4:48 PM EDT
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On Thursday, Attorney and Lucas County Republican Party Chair, Mark Wagoner, Jr., announced the passing of his father, Mark Wagoner, Sr., in a post on Facebook. In that post he said his father "was diagnosed with presumptive COVID-19, although the final test results have not arrived."

After speaking with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, 13abc can confirm that Mr. Wagoner was the first recorded death due to COVID-19 in the area.

Waggoner, Sr. was a well-known figure in Lucas County, himself an attorney who previously served on the Lucas County Board of Elections.

In his Thursday morning post, Mark Wagoner, Jr. said, "our Dad gave his all for his family, his community, his clients, and his colleagues. He had a boundless ability to love and always looked for the best in everyone he met. And he was funny, always quick with a joke and a reminder to never take ourselves too seriously."

The family has announced they will hold a celebration of his life at a later date this summer.