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Obituary for Arizona father, 65, who died from COVID-19 blames 'lack of leadership' for his death as the man's daughter accuses Republican governor of having 'blood on his hands'

The family of an Arizona man who succumbed to the coronavirus late last month after a three-week battle with the illness has published a searing obituary that blamed his death on the 'carelessness' of local politicians and their 'lack of leadership.' 
Mark Urquiza, a 65-year-old husband and father from Maryvale, known to his loved ones as 'Black Jack,' lost his life to COVID-19 on June 30. 
His wife, Brenda, and daughter, Kristin, could not be by his side in the hospital because of the contagious nature of the illness and were forced to say goodbye to his over FaceTime as he breathed his last, with only an ICU nurse in the room with him. 
In a matter of weeks, Mark Urquiza, 65, had gone from a healthy man full of energy to a person on his death bed
Urquiza succumbed to COVID-10 on June 30
In a matter of weeks, Mark Urquiza, 65, had gone from a healthy man full of energy to a person on his death bed. Urquiza succumbed to COVID-10 on June 30 (right)
Urquiza's funeral took place on Wednesday. It was sparsely attended do to coronavirus restrictions in Arizona amid surging cases
Urquiza's funeral took place on Wednesday. It was sparsely attended do to coronavirus restrictions in Arizona amid surging cases 
Kristin Urquiza, 39, says she believes that her once healthy, energetic father would have been alive today, were it not for the actions of local politicians, especially Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, in response to the pandemic.  
'I think that Ducey’s got blood on his hands,' she told AZ Central. 
On Wednesday, Kristin, who lives in San Francisco but who traveled to her native Arizona during her father's health crisis, organized a vigil at the State Capitol in Phoenix to honor her father and the more than 2,000 other victims of the coronavirus outbreak. 
'For the last week since my father has passed, I have been talking on Facebook to hundreds of people who are fed up with the leadership here in the state of Arizona,' Kristin said at the event.
According to posts on a Facebook page that the woman has launched, titled Marked By COVID, Urquiza 'believed it was safe to resume his normal activities in May when Gov. Doug Ducey allowed the stay-at-home order to expire.' 
His daughter suspects that her father contracted the illness in the weeks after the lockdown was lifted, allowing for bars and other businesses to reopen, according to AZ Family.  
'Mark, like so many others, should not have died from COVID-19,' his obituary read 'His death is due to the carelessness of the politicians who continue to jeopardize the health of brown bodies through a clear lack of leadership, refusal to acknowledge the severity of this crisis, and inability and unwillingness to give clear and decisive direction on how to minimize risk.'
Urquiza is pictured with his only child, daughter Kristin, as a baby
Urquiza is pictured with his only child, daughter Kristin, as a baby 
Kristin Urquiza is blaming local politicians, especially the Republican governor, for her father's death through their response to the pandemic
Kristin Urquiza is blaming local politicians, especially the Republican governor, for her father's death through their response to the pandemic 
As part of her public campaign to hold the politicians' feet to the fire over their response to the pandemic, Kristin sent Gov Ducey a letter, inviting him to her father's funeral on Wednesday. 
Kristin said that Governor Dough Ducey has 'blood on his hands' for allowing Arizona's stay-at-home order to expire in mid-May (pictured sanitizing his hands on Thursday)
Kristin said that Governor Dough Ducey has 'blood on his hands' for allowing Arizona's stay-at-home order to expire in mid-May (pictured sanitizing his hands on Thursday)
'I write to invite you to the burial of my father, Mark Anthony Urquiza,' the missive began. 'He was one of the 88 Arizonans who died on June 30, 2020 from COVID-19. Despite having a huge family and many friends he died alone with an ICU nurse holding his hand. He had no known underlying health conditions. He was 65.'
According to the letter, Urquiza, who was a high school 400-meter dash state champion and cross-country runner. came down with a high fever and cough on June 11, and was tested for COVID-19 the next day. 
On June 16, Urquiza, described by his family as 'the life of the party,' was admitted into a hospital for low oxygen levels. After 10 days of high oxygen treatment, he was put on a ventilator and taken to the ICU, where he died four days later. 
His wife also has since been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Kristin sent this letter to the governor, inviting him to her father's funeral so that he could see the tragedy of her family first-hand
Kristin sent this letter to the governor, inviting him to her father's funeral so that he could see the tragedy of her family first-hand 
'My father contracted the virus during the period when you forbade local governments from implementing their own safety measures, such as mandating the wearing of masks, to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19 through Executive Order 2020-36,' Kristin wrote, addressing the governor directly. 'As a master of public affairs, I can attest that poor policy and terrible leadership was responsible for his death.'
The letter goes on to accuse Ducey of 'gross mismanagement' of the health crisis, which as of Friday afternoon has claimed more than 2,000 people in Arizona, which in recent weeks has emerged as one of the major hot spots of COVID-19 in the US.  
'Your inaction and active denial of the devastation Covid-19 is causing has made it clear that the people dying, and their families left behind are just numbers to you,' Kristin stated. 'My father was anything but a number; his life mattered.
'That is why I invite you to his burial, to witness first-hand the tragedy of a family mourning our loved one and unable to even hold each other in our grief. This should not be happening this way. My father's life should have mattered to you, too.'
A spokesperson for Gov Ducey responded with a two-sentence statement that expressed condolences to the family. 
Kristin (pictured with her parents and a loved one), is planning to start a fund to raise awareness about the risks of COVID-19
Kristin (pictured with her parents and a loved one), is planning to start a fund to raise awareness about the risks of COVID-19 
'Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of Mark Anthony Urquiza,' it read. 'We know nothing can fully alleviate the pain associated with his loss, and every loss from this virus is tragic.'
Kristin has launched a GoFundMe campaign whose initial aim was to help the family with her father's funeral costs and her mother's medical expenses. 
Having easily met the $20,000 goal, Kristin has updated the goal to $40,000. She now plans to start a fund 'to battle misinformation in Maricopa County and elevate the truth about the deadliness of this virus in order to save more lives.' 
A day before Urquiza's death, Ducey ordered the state's bars to close back down. On Thursday, he issued an executive order limiting restaurant capacity for dine-in service to below 50 per cent. 

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