Wayne Grogan, 73, of Kamiah, died Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.
Wayne was born on July 11, 1945, in Mineral Wells, Texas, to parents George and Dorothy Grogan. But he viewed his stepfather, Donald Sparks, as his father figure. He admired and loved his parents deeply. He graduated from high school and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During his service, he earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for service in the Vietnam War and the National Defense Service Medal.
On April 30, 1971, he married Peggy Simmons in Lewiston. Together they raised four beautiful children, Michael, Michelle, Mark and Matthew Grogan. During this phase of his life, Wayne worked as a sales manager, sales representative and long-haul truck driver. His favorite pastimes were Scouts, art, computer programming, woodworking, listening to music and researching his family’s genealogy. But he also loved to build, paint and help others. His lifelong dream was to have a family and get to watch his children and grandchildren grow. Wayne’s love for his family and children was always present and often presented itself through personal sacrifices of time and not fulfilling his own material desires. Peggy and Wayne divorced in 2009.
On Aug. 17, 2010, Wayne married Blessilda “Bless” Virrey Bolanos in Orofino. They resided in Kamiah with their dog, Max. In the almost nine years of marriage they explored the Northwest, took walks and bonded over a cup of coffee or meal. He also spent time in the Philippines bonding with Bless’ family. During this phase of his life, Wayne spent time expanding his family research and creating a website: https://sites.rootsweb.com/~mwgrogan. He loved to tinker, yard sale and baby a variety of items from tents to movies. He spent hours telling stories about his children and grandchildren to friends and cherished every minute he was able to be in the same room with them.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Bless; son Michael and his wife, Nicole; daughter Michelle and her husband, Cody; son Mark and his wife, Heather; and son Matthew and his wife, Staci. He also is survived by his two grandchildren, Realynn and Collin.
A memorial covered-dish dinner will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Life Center in Kamiah on Highway 12. The family welcomes all who know the family. A prayer will be given at noon followed by a slideshow that will play throughout the luncheon.
Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is assisting the family.