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Waldport city council member killed in attempted burglary

The longtime local leader, 66-year-old Mark Campbell, fought the burglar and died from his injuries, authorities said.

WALDPORT, Ore. — An Oregon coast city councilman and prominent Waldport business owner was killed during an attempted home break-in Sunday, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called out at 3:37 a.m. to the report of a burglary on South Crestline Drive in Waldport. The caller also said that her husband was fighting with an intruder inside an unoccupied apartment unit that is adjacent to their home.

When sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found 66-year-old Mark Campbell dead from injuries he got during the fight. No arrests have been made, a detective said.

Campbell was one of the owners of Crestview Golf Club and a member of Waldport’s city council for 14 years.

The house and the adjoining apartment where the struggle apparently happened are both located at the golf course.

Waldport Mayor Susan Woodruff said the whole community was reeling from the news.

"As a prominent business owner, he was always ready and willing to serve his community, offering golf tournament fundraising opportunities to many local nonprofit groups, serving as president of Waldport’s Chamber of Commerce more than once, and generally being a go-to guy for whatever the need," Woodruff said. "Several of us served on city council with Mark for almost 14 years, and we will truly feel his absence!"  

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is asking that anyone with information call Detective Abby Dorsey at 541-265-0777 and refer to case 20S-02838.

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