I've written up a procedure that can make the Epic Status follow Workflow Status, which makes Epics start behaving like everything else (sigh of relief). Try this out: https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/AGILEKB/HowTo%3A+Track+Epics+in+the+Control+Chart
If you want to change the epic (and not the connected task), you can try to use Script runner plugin and the listener.
I don't know if the "mark as done" of epic triggers the "issue edit event"
In the listener of script runner plugin you have the "Fast-track transition an issue "
Or you can create a dashboard for epics and modify the workflow, where when u close the issue, the epic status will be values with done.
The whole Epic Status field feels wrong to me. Agile is built on JIRA which already has a workflow engine. I know it would mean selecting a status to mean Done for all workflows that a board could use, but that would have been possible. Now we've got a field that confuses board users. Grr.
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