On Thursday, December 20, 2018, Debbi L. Grogan, beloved wife, mother, daughter and sister, passed away from complications of pancreatic cancer. Debbi was a pillar in the Flagstaff community. Her passion and commitment helped create a stronger business community, a more progressive approach to planning and of course her famous festivals that have brought worldwide attention – Flagstaff Blues & Brews, and the Flagstaff Oktoberfest. The community of Flagstaff is a better place because of the efforts and dedication of Debbi Grogan.
Although Debbi’s passion was in helping others and being involved in her community, her true love was her family. Debbi and Pat’s house was the place to BE, where all the best parties were and where all the love and BEST food could be found. Pat was Debbi’s foundation and strength that allowed her to soar to the heights she did. She was always secure in knowing Pat would catch her no matter how high she climbed. Or how many yard projects she embarked upon with great enthusiasm. She was an amazing gardener and Dave the Lemon Tree is going to greatly miss her loving attention.
However, the true love of Debbi’s life was her daughter and best friend, Jennifer. Debbi was an amazing mother who poured everything into raising a smart and confident woman. Debbi made sure Jennifer felt love from everybody around her and worked to create an environment of inclusion and acceptance. Many of Jennifer's friends learned to call her "Momma Deb". And when Debbi decided to start hosting festivals, there was only one person who could partner with her and organize her incredible mind and that was Jennifer. Together they created a successful festival and events business that placed Flagstaff on the international Blues map. The bond between Debbi and Jen was incredibly special and they lived a lifetime in the short time they had together.
Together, Debbi, Pat and Jennifer became known as the “Three Muskateers” and have a lifetime of memories together. She will be mourned deeply.
Debbi will be forever remembered by her husband Pat, and their daughter, Jennifer, by her parents Janet Miller (Ken) and Bob McCraley (Annette), and by her sister Terri Nopp (Mike) and brother Bob McCraley (Mary). Debbi will also be forever remembered by her extended family, dear friends and the Flagstaff community.
There will be a celebration of life memorial in the Spring.