UPDATE: Lynchburg Church Mourns Drowning of Deacon

The services for Joe Marotta will be at 2 this afternoon at Holy Cross Catholic Church.


Lynchburg, VA - A Lynchburg church is mourning the loss of one of their own. According to the Holy Cross Catholic Church's website, it shows they received word Wednesday that deacon Joe Marotta accidentally drowned.

We have no further details on what happened. We'll bring you more as information becomes available.

Randolph College President John E. Klein released a statement Thursday in response:

"The Randolph College community is both shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic death of Joe Marotta. Joe was a much-loved member of the Randolph community and will be missed. He had been with the College since February 2012 and was an excellent controller, bringing strong experience and skills to his job. In a short time, he improved our audit, our control of student accounts, our control of assets and many other aspects of his position.

Joe most often could be seen on campus with a smile on his face, and we were extremely proud of him in the fall when he was ordained as a Permanent Deacon for Holy Cross Catholic Church after years of preparation. He was a fine person and respected and loved by many in our community. In his new role of deacon, Joe performed with joy and grace the College's Baccalaureate service at graduation in May. The Randolph community is grieved by Joe's loss and extends its thoughts and prayers to Joe's family and friends, especially his wife, Katie, and their five young children."