Elza Deroy Grogan Jr. passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 in Nampa, Idaho at the age of 79. He was son of Elza Deroy Grogan Sr. and Elizabeth Perry Grogan, born February 3, 1940 in Memphis, Tennessee. When he was young, Deroy moved to California after his parents separated and he, his sister, Carolyn and their little brother were fostered in the loving home of Warlo and Helen Cottam. The family later adopted the youngest of the children.
He attended North Hollywood High School, graduating in 1957 and later moved to Bellflower, CA. When he was 19 years old, he went to work and saved his money to pay for his mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Cottam family had taught the family the gospel and Deroy was happy to serve in Uruguay, Paraguay.
Following his mission he served in the United States Air Force Reserve. After his time in the Air Force Deroy went back to California, where he met his Claudia Louise Miller. He and Claudia were married 55 plus years of marriage when he passed away.
Deroy spent most of his life in the insurance industry, but did go back to school to obtain a bachelor's degree in Law. All the time he worked and served in several Bishoprics, served three additional Church missions with his wife; in Morristown New Jersey, as Institute teacher; Hemet, California, as an Employment Specialists, and Caldwell, Idaho, World-wide Church and Family History missionary.
Deroy is survived by his wife, Claudia Louise Grogan; his five children and their spouses; Darren, Christopher, Kimberly, David and Jared. He has 17 grandchildren and 3 great grand-children.
Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 13, 2019 at the LDS Church in Eagle, 1133 N. Park Lane, Eagle, Idaho. A viewing will be one hour prior to the funeral services. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.
The Road Home
Tell me, where is the road I can call my own,
That I left, that I lost So long Ago?
All these years I have wandered
Oh, when will I know?
There’s a way, there a road
That will lead me home.
After wind, after rain
When the dark is done
As I wake from a dream
In the Gold of da
From far away
There’s a voice I can hear
That will lead me home.
Rise up, follow me
Come away, is the call
With the love in your heart
As the only song
There is no such beauty
As where you belong
Rise up follow me I will lead you home.