• Thu January 18 2024
  • Posted Jan 31

Former Des Moines Mayor John Patrick "Pat" Dorrian, an avid bicyclist who led the city during the devastating floods of 1993, has died. He was 83.

Dorrian died Monday, Jan. 15, at MercyOne West Des Moines Medical Center. His wife, Carolyn, was by his side, according to an obituary posted online by Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory. His daughter, Deann Johnson, told the Des Moines Register that Dorrian had battled health issues over the past few years.

She remembered her father as a "jokester," a "gentleman" and a "man of his word."

"He loved his community, you know. He loved the city of Des Moines," Johnson said.

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