WHIZ is sad to report that one of our former employees, Mike Partin, passed away early Saturday morning at the age of 42.
Family and friends say that Mike’s passing was sudden and unexpected.
"It was a huge shock. I had just that night bantered back and forth with Mike on facebook, " says Newton Township Fire Chief, Allen Deaver.
Deaver, says he and Mike shared a bond of protecting the community. Mike was a life-long volunteer firefighter, but Mike touched many other lives, especially through his work as a broadcast journalist.
"He loved doing the news, and he loved being around people, " says Deaver.
And Mike cared deeply about his family.
"He was a good person. He was a good father. He was an awesome husband, and he had a way with people. He was just a good person. He was a good man, " says Mike’s wife, Tammy Partin.
Mike and his wife, Tammy, had been married for 19 years. The couple has two children, Chelsi and Brenden.
Tammy says Chelsi is carrying on one of Mike’s favorite past times-cross country.
"He was out helping her every day, doing different kinds of techniques with her. She was learning a lot because he used to run cross country, and he used to coach it.," says Tammy.
Family and friends say they have so many wonderful memories with Mike.
"He always had something to say that would make you laugh. He was always smiling. He was just a great guy to be around, " says Deaver.
"That he truly loved me, " says Tammy.
Tammy says the family wants to have a different kind of service in Mike’s honor.
"I’m not just going to have this sad funeral. We’re going to have a celebration, and we’re going to have a church service because that is what he loved. He loved church," says Tammy.
Mike’s going home celebration will be held Tuesday at Christian Life Center in Heath from two to four p.m. and six to eight p.m.
His funeral service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the same location.
We-here at WHIZ-had the pleasure of working with Mike, who was our Morning Radio Broadcaster, one of our TV reporters, and an announcer for our Football and Basketball Games of the Week.
Mike left us in June to pursue a position as Assignment Editor at the Ohio News Network in Columbus.