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People in Madill raise funds to cover funeral expense for beloved community member

The City of Madill is heartbroken at the passing of a beloved community member from COVID-19.
The City of Madill is heartbroken at the passing of a beloved community member from COVID-19.(KXII)
Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 10:22 PM CDT
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MADILL, Okla. (KXII) - The City of Madill is heartbroken at the passing of a beloved community member from COVID-19. 

“It’s going to be a loss to the community,” said Gorganna Garcia, who would’ve celebrated 13 years of marriage to Martin Garcia

Gorganna said her husband Martin was 53-years-old when he died Tuesday after his battle with COVID-19. 

He tested positive for coronavirus July 9th and was released from the hospital in Madill on the same day. But a week later, his symptoms got worse and he was transported to a Durant Hospital treating COVID-19 patients. It was there where he was put on life support.

Gorganna said she was with him when he died on Tuesday, holding his hand as she said her final farewell.

“And I sat there for a couple of hours with him, but I felt like he wasn’t there,” said Gorganna.

Martin is described as a character who was always dressed up for Halloween and decorated for Christmas. 

 “You should’ve seen him the night he was Jack Sparrow, now that was a character, he fit that part,” said Gorganna

He was born and raised in Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico and later moved to Duncan, Oklahoma before settling and finding work as a waiter in Madill.

Locals say they met him while he was working, and his last employer was the Asian Palace where his co-worker Cheyanne Stewart said customers would travel to Madill and request him every chance they got.

“Everybody came to that restaurant to eat, to see martin,”  said Stewart 

Stewart said she started a fundraiser to cover his funeral that is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Monday, August 10, 2020, at Watts Memorial Chapel in Madill. 

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