Debra Faith Weyermann
Age 58, passed away on March 12, 2013 at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Fl. The cause of death was heart failure. "D", as she was affectionately known, was born on April 24, 1954 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri to Andrew Weyermann and Wilma Tietjen Weyermann, both preceding her in death. Her death was unexpected and devastating to all who knew and loved her. D was a force in all of our lives. She was as passionate and fearless as she was tender and vulnerable. There is no way to describe the gift it was to know her personally. But there were many who never met D, whose lives were bettered by her unflinching passion for confronting and exposing any and all injustices that she encountered in her career as an award-winning journalist and acclaimed author. There are many who will never know that their world was a little safer under Debra's watch. After attending the renowned University of Missouri School of Journalism, D began a 30-year award-winning beat and investigative reporting career at The Norfolk Ledger-Star, where she worked for two years. She moved to Tucson in 1978, joining The Arizona Daily Star as a feature writer and court reporter. She was also assigned to several investigative team projects, including a series on the Arizona prison system, "The Convicted," which won several national awards. In 1983, she became a designated reporter for front-page features at the Denver Post, including a large team examination of airline safety cuts and a probe of the Denver Fire Department's failures to adequately respond to alarms. In 1986, D moved to The Santa Barbara News-Press as a Special Assignments reporter and feature writer. In 1989, she moved on to freelance reporting for The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, Albuquerque Journal, Rolling Stone, Harper's, Mirabella and High Country News. In her move to independent reporting, she was able to begin her career as a critically acclaimed author. Her first book, "The Gang They Couldn't Catch: The Story of America's Greatest Modern Day Bank Robbers - And How They Got Away With It," was published by Simon & Schuster in 2003. Kirkus reviews wrote, 'In her impressive true-crime story, Weyermann writes less about crime than about people." Her second book "Answer Them Nothing: Bringing Down the Polygamous Empire of Warren Jeffs," published by the Chicago Review Press in 2011 received another review that in a way, sums up her entire career: "Weyermann's powerful exposé on the FLDS's origins, its subsequent rise to power and how it held court over the U.S. political system is essential reading as the struggle for justice continues today. A masterful exploration of one of America's most shameful secrets" - Kirkus Reviews Debra is survived by her husband, Steven Ebert; her sisters, Diane and Andrea; her brother-in-law, Tim Goodwin who with Andrea are the, parents of her beloved nephews, Dylan, Will and Harris; her brother, Jim and wife Suzanne and beloved nephews, Tyler and Cole. A Memorial for the immediate family was held on Sunday, March 17, 2013 on the pristine white beaches of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, where D spent countless hours looking across the crystal blue waters. Her remains will be taken home to her beloved Tucson for a remembrance at a later date. A webpage and guest book will be available soon at Legacy.com. The date and arrangements will be announced in the coming months. All will be welcome to attend what is sure to be a bittersweet celebration of this remarkable woman. In lieu of flowers or other remembrance, contributions can be made to the ACLU. Arrangements by TRAHAN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME.