Mayor of Aurora, Steve Hogan, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018. He was 69 years old.
Hogan had been fighting a battle with cancer. In March, he had announced he would not seek another term due to the diagnosis. A few weeks later, on May 9th, he revealed he had entered hospice care, and thanked the city for allowing him to live his best life in a according to a Facebook page post. “Aurora is my heart. I am so proud of this city, my city. We have grown together and we have grieved together,” Hogan posted. “As a city, we are persistent and we shall continue to prosper together. The people of Aurora define this city. A heartfelt thanks to the residents of Aurora, my former and current colleagues, and to all the city employees; what an honor it has been to serve with each of you!”
Hogan had been the Mayor of Aurora since 2011, but served on the Aurora City Council for over 20 years. He was serving his second term as Mayor; it was to expire in November of 2019.
During his time as Mayor, Hogan led the city through their expansion and through the tragedy of the Aurora Movie Theater Shooting.
Through his full time position as mayor, he was also a member of the Aurora Economic Development Council and the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. He also served on several other boards and authorities, such as, the E-470 Public Highway Authority and the United States Conference of Mayors.
In 1966, Hogan attended the University of Denver and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. Then in 1973, he made Aurora his home. His son, Timothy Hogan, recalls his father working, “to help Aurora grow and become the great city it is now.”
The Hogan family has set up a Memorial Fund in honor of the mayor. The proceeds go 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 War Memorial Fund and the Aurora History Museum; all causes that were important to Mayor Hogan.
When the news of his passing was released, several shared their memories of Hogan.
Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags at half-staff on Monday, May 14, to honor Mayor Hogan. In a longer statement, Gov. Hickenlooper shared his condolences. “Today Colorado lost a true friend in Mayor Steve Hogan,” said Hickenlooper. “This was a man who went above and beyond to do right by the city he loved. He led the way to make Aurora the bustling, dynamic city it is today, and Colorado is better for it. He was that rare public servant who put people before party - my God, how we will miss him.”
Mayor Hogan’s service is scheduled for this Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Heritage Christian Center in Aurora.