The chairman of the Craighead County Republican Committee in Arkansas died from COVID related complications on Tuesday less than a month after his committee hosted a mask–less gathering.
Steven Farmer was admitted to the ICU and placed on a ventilator on September 18, just four days after his committee hosted a Reagan Day event with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Rep. Louis Gohmert who had just recovered from COVID-19.
Farmer did not attend the event, a committee spokesperson told The Daily Beast.
According to his daughter, he was showing signs of a possible recovery until September 25 when his doctor told her he was “very worried that dad was not going to make it through this.”
By October 5, his condition had deteriorated to the point where an EEG showed minimal brain activity.
He died a day later. His daughter announced his death in a Facebook post on Tuesday writing: “Dad’s soul is singing today even though ours aren’t. But grief is the price you pay for being blessed enough to experience the kind of love that dad gave and lived through his actions every day. I’m sorry we couldn’t save you….but I know that you’re even more perfect now than when you were here. We will see your face and hear your voice in everyone and everything you left here…..in your legacy. Thank you for that. For the gift of you. We’ll be seeing you.”
He is survived by his wife, Judy Davis-Farmer, and their three daughters and several grandchildren.