Roses and iris that were dug up from Roann Doran’s garden will find a new home this spring in the park that will be named after the woman who tended them.
“They are planted along the path between Birch and Paul Derda next to my house,” Jean Paxton told Broomfield City Council members Nov. 12. “When you’re ready for them, they’re ready for you.”
The park on northern corner of Iris Circle and the Community Ditch is known informally as Miramonte Park, and will now be ”Rosann Doran Park.”
Doran, a long-time writer and Broomfield public information officer who died Nov. 6, 2018, will be remembered not only in the memories of her friends and family, but with a memorial garden, bench, and most likely, a plaque recognizing Doran.
In January, a request regarding memorialization came from Doran’s son, Dan Doran, and has since was backed by friends and community members.
Tina Eichner said Doran left a “deep thumbprint” on her life as a mentor, teacher and friend. She was someone who was “truly a part of the fabric of our community.”
“Through her contributions to the Broomfield Enterprise through the years, her roles with the City and County of Broomfield and the numerous community organizations she volunteered for and supported, her impact is undeniable,” Eichner said.
She added that in recent months, she’s especially been missing her friend. She wishes she could talk to her, but also knows what she would say – “be brave and stand up for what you know is right.”
Paxton said she’ll never forget Election Day 2018, the day Doran died.
“We all miss her,” she told Council members. “We appreciate all you have done in the city of Broomfield to remember someone we feel has made a tremendous contribution.”
Mayor Randy Ahrens recalled the four years he was on the One Book One Broomfield selection committee with Doran, who was “a voracious reader.” He missed her at this year’s recent event.
Doran was born Sept. 20, 1948 to Daniel “Wally” Schaffer and Josephine Brancucci Schaffer. She grew up in Arvada with her sister Danette, where she attended Arvada High School. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado receiving her Bachelor of Arts in English. In the mid-1970s, she moved to Broomfield.
In 1972, she took a job at the Broomfield Star newspaper. Then she moved
to the Tri-City Journal, a paper which covered Broomfield. In 1975, she co-founded what is now the Broomfield Enterprise where she worked as reporter and editor.
“She seemed to run the newspaper single-handedly and with great confidence and commitment,” Eichner said in a Dec. 2018 editorial in the Broomfielder Magazine.
After the sale of the newspaper, Rosann transitioned to become Broomfield’s first public information officer – a post she held for more than 20 years, according to her family. In 2013, Doran won a Heartland Regional Emmy Award for producing the video, “Broomfield: Spirit of the American Dream.” The same year she was awarded the “Heart and Soul of Broomfield” award by the Broomfield Community Foundation.
She also mentored students at Broomfield High School, teaching them about the role of government, the need for civic involvement and the importance of public service, her friend Wendy Fiedler said.
Eichner shared a story about how in 1988, when she was a senior in high school, school administrators censored content the school paper intended to run. Instead, Eichner ran whitespace where the copy would have gone.
The fallout the next day was “swift and intense for an idealist and naïve high school journalist,” Eichner said, and involved more than one visit to the principal and calls to the district. She reached out to Doran to help her process what had happened.
“She promptly sat me down and said, ‘write,’” Eichner said. “She wanted me to capture what had happened that day – possibly for an article in the paper.”
“She said I had already taken a stand,” she said. “It was a pivotal moment for a young writer.”
In retirement, Doran continued to serve her community by volunteering. She served on several committees and boards, including the Broomfield Senior Resource Center, the Broomfield Depot Museum, the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce, the Broomfield Community Foundation, the Emergency Family Assistance Association Board and and as secretary for the Colorado Press Women.
Her friends said she loved spending time with her family, cooking for large gatherings and cared for her aging parents and aunts. Doran also was an active member of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church for more than 40 years.
She also was close friends with former City and County Manager George Di Ciero, who initially hired her as a city employee.
In an article about her Heart of Broomfield award, Di Ciero praised Doran as the go-to woman when it came to finding out what was going on in Broomfield.
Since the 1970s, Doran has been a part of just about every major event in Broomfield, he his letter said.
“She was involved in a lot of different circles,” Smith said. “She had a passion for Broomfield and for people.”