A Great Loss
Madison, Ind., mourns sudden death
of Mayor Damon Welch
He was planning to retire as he neared
the end of his second term
(October 2019) – The City of Madison awoke Wednesday morning, Sept. 25, to sad news that its mayor, Damon Welch, had died at 8:49 a.m. from a heart attack. Welch was 66. He was nearing the end of two terms as mayor and was not seeking re-election this year. Welch was first elected mayor in 2011 and re-elected in 2015 as leader of the city of 12,000 residents.
He is survived by his wife, three children and three grandchildren and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Madison City Hall released this statement around noon that day. It read: “With great sorrow, the City of Madison joins all its citizens in mourning the passing of Mayor Damon Welch. Mayor Welch awoke with health complications early this morning. He was rushed to Kings Daughters Hospital where he subsequently passed.
“We are all shocked and saddened by the loss of our mayor,” Dattilo said. “We have great people running this city and helping out in the departments. We will grieve, but we will continue our business as usual. We will get through this tough time. Thank you for your support.”
“Shortly after 9 a.m., city employees were directed to lower the flags at City Hall and other city properties, in memory of the mayor.
“All city employees and office holders offer their heartfelt compassion to his wife Ginny, his children and grandchildren.
“Indiana Code 3-13-11-15 provides that the President Pro Tempore of the City Council becomes acting mayor until the vacancy is filled by the political party caucus. Current Madison City Council President Dan Dattilo will fill the vacancy until the Republican Party holds a caucus.”
Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer released this statement: “Today, Indiana lost a true public servant with the passing of Mayor Damon Welch, a leader who loved Madison and loved serving his hometown. He took great ideas and ran with them, and the results show as Madison shines today as a vibrant community that continues to win statewide and national accolades.
“Mayors and leaders across Indiana looked up to the example he set for leadership and for service. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends, colleagues and the people of Madison.”
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb released a statement that said that Welch “was a tireless public servant who was passionate about his city and the state of Indiana.”
“As a veteran, small businessman and city leader, he nurtured relationships of all types to improve the lives of all of those around him,” Holcomb said. “First Lady Janet Holcomb and I are heartbroken for his family, friends and the Madison community. We ask that all Hoosiers join us in offering prayers and condolences to the Welch family.”
Dattilo requested that all flags in the City of Madison be lowered to half-staff in honor of Welch’s passing until his funeral, which was Sept. 29 at North Madison Christian Church. A funeral procession held afterward then led to the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, where he was buried.
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