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The following comes from a local news source in Columbus, Ohio. 

A leader at both his church and with the Boy Scouts died in a tragic accident over the weekend while rappelling in the Hocking Hills.

Tim Watabe was a Bishop at the Dublin Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and a Boy Scout leader with the troop at his church.

Richard Welch, a church leader and friend, said Bishop Watabe was doing what he loved, molding young minds through the gospel and team building with teenage boys by teaching them to rappel on cliffs in the Hocking Hills.

Watabe, 49, was the father of four children, ages 22, 20, 15 and six. Welch said he was a bishop at Dublin’s Coffman Road church with a congregation of over three hundred people.

“There is probably still a little shock going on with this. But they are doing ok, and the family of the community here the members of this congregation have really reached out and wrapped their arms around them and certainly provided a lot of support,” said Welch, who serves as President of the Columbus, Ohio North Stake and an ecclesiastical leader of 4,100 church members.

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