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Long-Time City Council Member and City Advocate Loses Battle with Cancer

It is with great sadness that the City of Bettendorf announces the passing of 3rd Ward Alderman Debe LaMar, who died on November 29, 2018 following a brave battle with cancer.

“With Debe‘s passing, we lost a dear friend and tireless community advocate. Until her last day, Debe continued to fight for what’s right and represent not only her ward, but the entire community with passion, dignity, and respect. She will be sorely missed,” said Mayor Bob Gallagher.

City Administrator Decker Ploehn adds, “Debe was a great grass roots council member, serving the community that she grew up in. She also fought hard for the “little guy.” I was inspired to watch Debe grow through the years to become a seasoned Alderman, serving her constituents with pride and devotion.”

Debe has been on the City Council since 1998, serving five terms. She served under three mayors and was Mayor Pro-tem for seven years. One of her proudest accomplishments was the splash pad at Lincoln Park, which was dedicated to her in June of this year.

Debe is survived by her son Hunter, sister, Sandra, and father, Ronald. She was 61 years-old.

No funeral arrangements have been announced at this time.