Steve Hogan, mayor of Aurora since 2011, passed away on Sunday, May 13, after a short battle with cancer.
Just last week, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan posted on Facebook that he had entered home hospice care “with the understanding that my future days will be lived with dignity, grace, and in peace.” He passed away Sunday morning, a short two months after learning he had cancer.
What Hogan thought to be flu symptoms back in March turned into an unexpected cancer diagnosis, and he went public with the news on March 26:
His next social media post was Wednesday, May 9, just four days before his passing:
Hogan, 69, gained national attention for leading the city of Aurora in the aftermath of the 2012 movie theater shooting, in which 12 people were killed and 70 others injured. He was a dedicated public servant, serving one term in the Colorado House of Representatives and six terms on the Aurora City Council before being elected to the mayoral position in 2011.
On Monday, May 14, Governor John Hickenlooper requested that flags across the state of Colorado be flown at half-mast in Hogan’s honor:
The City of Aurora posted the following statement on its website.
“In lieu of flowers, the Hogan family has asked that donations be made to the Mayor Stephen D. Hogan Memorial Fund via a link that will be on the city’s website at AuroraGov.org early this week. Donations will be distributed to the following causes important to Mayor Hogan: the University of Denver Stephen D. Hogan Scholarship Fund, the 7/20 Memorial Fund, the Aurora Korean Memorial Fund and the Aurora History Museum.”
Services are pending, and details will be shared when they become available.