HANCOCK, Mich. (WZMQ) – The Hancock Downtown Development Authority is remembering Deborah Mann, the woman who died in a house explosion Tuesday in Hancock Township.
In a Facebook post, the City called Mann an “amazing woman” who “tirelessly devoted her time and energy in making this community great.”
The post reads in full:
“The City of Hancock is deeply saddened to announce the loss of an irreplaceable member of our team and the Hancock community. Deborah Crockatt Mann, the DDA Coordinator and community advocate, passed away August 30, 2022. There are so many ways to describe what an amazing women Deb was. She tirelessly devoted her time and energy in making this community great through various programs, events and volunteering efforts. Her compassion and kindness could be felt as she would always greet you with a smile and questions pertaining to your life, she truly cared about not just the success of the City but the people that make this city up.
Her legacy lives on throughout the City of Hancock; whether it’s a well-maintained flower garden, a dog park bandana, tents perfectly organized at the Tori Market, or simply a bench placed in just the right spot to stop and appreciate all the beauty this area has to offer – these are the things that Deb did so our community could thrive. For many years to come, we will miss her smile and moxy, but in her memory, we promise to serve the City and this community with the same passion that she always did.
Deb Mann was an integral part of this community, and specifically the Tori & Farmer’s Market. Every market day you could find Deb going up and down the isles with a big smile, talking to the vendors and customers. Please come to the Tori & Farmer’s Market today at 5:00 PM to share fond memories and remember what a great person she was.”
Mann’s husband was able to exit the house after the explosion. He was treated at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and released the same day.
The cause of the explosion and fire remains under investigation.