Obituary of Kansas COVID Victim Who Died in Isolation Blasts Anti-Maskers

The obituary of an 81-year-old man who died after being diagnosed with COVID-19 criticizes people refusing to wear masks, saying his final days were "harder, scarier and lonelier" than ever.

Dr. Marvin James Farr, of Scott City, Kansas, died at the Park Lane Nursing Home on December 1. He was a farmer and a veterinarian who graduated from Kansas State University in 1968.

He had been in isolation since Thanksgiving, according to a Facebook post from his son, Courtney Farr.

Dr. Farr's obituary, which was posted on the website of funeral directors Price & Sons, states he was "preceded in death by more than 260,000 Americans" infected with COVID-19.

"He died in a room not his own, being cared for by people dressed in confusing and frightening ways," it reads. "He died with COVID-19, and his final days were harder, scarier and lonelier than necessary. He was not surrounded by friends and family."

The obituary compares how societal attitudes have changed since Farr's birth in 1939.

"He was born into an America recovering from the Great Depression and about to face World War 2, times of loss and sacrifice difficult for most of us to imagine," the post states.

"Americans would be asked to ration essential supplies and send their children around the world to fight and die in wars of unfathomable destruction. He died in a world where many of his fellow Americans refuse to wear a piece of cloth on their face to protect one another."

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It continues: "His careers filled his life with an understanding of the science of life: how to nurture it, how to sustain it, and the myriad ways that life can go wrong. As a young man he debated between studying mortuary or veterinary science. He chose life over death.

"The science that guided his professional life has been disparaged and abandoned by so many of the same people who depended on his knowledge to care for their animals and to raise their food."

Courtney Farr said in a separate Facebook post that he wanted to write something positive, but he was "grieving and angry" at the way his father had died.

"My father Marvin passed away yesterday. I would like to share or post something positive about him, but the reality is that I am not in any kind of place to be able to do that right now. I'm grieving and angry about how he died.

"He tested positive last week for COVID-19 and has been in isolation since Thanksgiving day. The staff of Park Lane Nursing Home are doing an incredible job in an unbelievably difficult time to care for their residents.

He added: "I've spent most of this year hearing people from my hometown talk about how this disease isn't real, isn't that bad, only kills old people, masks don't work, etc. And because of the prevalence of those attitudes, my father's death was so much harder on him, his family and his caregivers than it should have been. Which is why this obit is written as it is."

According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 13,822,249 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. There have been 272,525 deaths so far.