Sunday, 6 December 2020

Son of a Kansas veterinarian who died from COVID-19 blasts anti-maskers in stinging obituary, saying that science 'has been disparaged and abandoned' by many selfish Americans

 The son of a Kansas man who died from COVID-19 has used his father's obituary to blast Americans who refuse to wear masks. 

Dr. Marvin James Farr, 81, died in isolation at a nursing home in Scott City, Kansas on Tuesday, prompting the angry obituary, penned by his middle-aged son, Courtney. 

'Marvin 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.... his final days were harder, scarier and lonelier than necessary. He was not surrounded by friends and family,' Courtney wrote. 


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

'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,' Courtney continued. 

Dr. Marvin James Farr, 81, died in isolation at a nursing home in Scott City, Kansas on Tuesday, prompting the angry obituary, penned by his middle-aged son, Courtney

Dr. Marvin James Farr, 81, died in isolation at a nursing home in Scott City, Kansas on Tuesday, prompting the angry obituary, penned by his middle-aged son, Courtney

Courtney shared this photo from his childhood in the 1970s, which showed him asleep on his father Marvin's chest

Courtney shared this photo from his childhood in the 1970s, which showed him asleep on his father Marvin's chest

The obituary, which was published on the Price & Sons Funeral Homes website,  noted that Dr. Farr had been a farmer and veterinarian who 'filled his life with an understanding of the science'.

'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 witheringly wrote.  

The obituary has been widely shared on social media since it was posted earlier this week. 


On Thursday, Courtney took to Facebook stating that he was in shock by how many people had been moved by his words. 

'It's resonated with a lot of people, and that warms my heart,' he wrote.

'Often when we experience loss, pain or trauma, we feel so alone. And there's such incredible power to learning that you are not, that someone else also knows.'

Courtney Farr (pictured) took to Facebook stating that he was in shock by how many people had been moved by his words.

Courtney Farr (pictured) took to Facebook stating that he was in shock by how many people had been moved by his words.

He also hit back against claims that he had made his father's obituary political.

'Well, his death was political, He died in isolation with an infectious disease that is causing a national crisis. To pretend otherwise or to obfuscate is also a political decision,' Courtney stated. 

Health officials have reported 391 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and five deaths in rural Scott County, Kansas which has a population of fewer than 5,000 people.

Statewide, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has reported 168,295 cases of COVID-19, up 6,234 since Wednesday, and 1,786 deaths, up 107.

While total hospitalizations from the virus have reached new highs in the US with 101,276 people receiving professional medical care as of Friday. 

Total hospitalizations from the virus across the entire US reached new highs on Friday, with 101,276 people receiving professional medical care.  

On Friday, 2,595 deaths were reported in the US, pushing the 7-day average up to 1,917 deaths per day. It marked the end of the deadliest week of the pandemic since mid-April with the nation set to reach more than 279,000 deaths in total by Saturday.

Over 14.3 million cases of COVID-19  have been confirmed since the start of the pandemic.

Dr. Drew Miller treats a patient with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a hospital in Lakin, Kansas last month.  Statewide, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has reported 168,295 cases of COVID-19, up 6,234 since Wednesday, and 1,786 deaths, up 107

Dr. Drew Miller treats a patient with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a hospital in Lakin, Kansas last month.  Statewide, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has reported 168,295 cases of COVID-19, up 6,234 since Wednesday, and 1,786 deaths, up 107

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