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Dawn deBoer

August 28, 1953 ~ December 13, 2023

Dawn deBoer, 70, passed away on December 13th in Vero Beach, Florida, surrounded by her loving family. Daughter of the late June Catherine Selzer deBoer and Herman deBoer, Dawn is survived by her sisters Joy deBoer Fernon, Margaret deBoer and her husband, Stan Lineberger, brother Erik deBoer and his fiancée, Doria Goodrich, brothers Guy deBoer, Jock deBoer and his wife, Teresa deBoer, niece Erina Fernon Kelly, nephews Derek Fernon, Benjamin Fernon, Scott Fernon Williamson and Derek deBoer.

Dawn grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, and graduated from Grace King High School, Metairie, Louisiana, in 1971. A journalist and photographer, Dawn graduated from the University of Texas in Austin. Dawn’s fulfilling career spanned more than 40 years as a writer, editor, and graphics designer for Backpacker Magazine, Key West Magazine, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Cruising Central/Racer’s Edge, KonkLife, The Houston Chronicle, and local newspapers in Texarkana, Baton Rouge, Ocean City MD, and Sanibel Island.

After her mother’s passing, Dawn compiled and published a book, Through My Mother’s Eyes, a memoir and treasure trove of family photos and stories from June’s childhood and writings of her mother, Catherine Dalon Selzer. Dawn also edited and prepared for publication her mother’s historical novel, The Big Grass.

As caregiver, Dawn was selflessly devoted to the daily needs of her mother, June, and her father, Herman, in their later years.

Her family and her friends will miss Dawn. A special thank you to her friends, Barbara Egan, Tony Bishop, and Mike Provancia, who comforted her through her time in need. A loving tribute to Dawn’s life can be viewed here
A Celebration of Life service will be held in Key West, Florida in 2024.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please send donations to the VNA & Hospice Foundation in Vero Beach, Florida.


Joy deBoer Fernon

December 16, 2023, 5:23 pm

Dawnie, my closest-in-age sister…always loving, always sweet, always helpful. Missing my sister, Dawn!

Derek Fernon

December 17, 2023, 11:40 pm

Our sincere and heartfelt condolences on the passing of Dawn who always had a smile and warm generous spirit for all around her. May she rest in peace. To Joy, Erik, Guy, Margaret, and Jock, we pray God brings you peace and comfort.

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