Former City Councilmember Dee Cragun Has Passed Away

Former Councilmember Dee Cragun poses wearing a jacket bearing the city logo, accompanied by one of her grandsons. Photo taken December 20th, 2023 after Dee’s last city council meeting.

Helen “Dee” Cragun passed away this week. The former City Councilmember is well remembered by family, friends, and community. She was a dedicated and passionate advocate for the city. Our condolences to the Cragun family and loved ones.

During the last city council meeting of 2023, Jim Scholz thanked Cragun for her work and listed some of the many accomplishments during her 26 years on the council. Below is a video from that meeting.

Below are articles that mention Cragun and the many things she was involved in.

Fireworks Ban Motion Passed By City Council

At the Deer Park City Council meeting on October 17th, Dee Cragun introduced a motion to seek the ban of fireworks at the earliest possible date. Don Stevens seconded the motion, and after brief comments were made by each council member the motion was passed by a 3-2 vote. Then

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City Council Special Meeting

In a special meeting, the date of which changed twice, the City Council voted 4-1 to raise property taxes, continue using the Spokane County Sheriff as their law enforcement, and to further restrict the sale and use of fireworks in Deer Park. Raised Property Taxes After decades of keeping Deer

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Historical Society Seeks New Home

Collectors have been stashing historical documents and artifacts in their closets for years, but now they might have found a new home. After a motion brought by Councilwoman Dee Cragun, the Deer Park City Council unanimously directed Mayor Verzal to draw up an agreement that would allow the Clayton/Deer Park

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Playgrounds & Parks

New playground equipment was proposed and a grant application for a splash pad were discussed at the City Council meeting on February 6th, 2019. In 2018, the city spent $25,000 improving the playground equipment at Swinyard Park, and now they’re almost ready to do so again. A citizen’s committee was

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Know Your Candidates

The Deer Park Gazette asked 5 Questions of the city council candidates. There are 5 candidates campaigning for 3 council positions. The questions range from a candidate’s personal desires for our fair city, to law enforcement and city ordinances. Our goal was to have each answer the same questions in

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