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Debra Jean Schanz Laurance

May 7, 1961 ~ October 28, 2020 (age 59)


Debra Jean Schanz Laurance passed away on October 28, 2020 after an extended illness. Deb was born

in San Mateo, California on May 7, 1961 to Bill and Maggie Schanz. She lived in Redwood City, CA until

she was 5 when her family moved to Santa Clara, CA. She grew up in Santa Clara going to school from

grade school on to and graduating from Santa Clara High school. During her senior year, she worked part

time at Santa Clara Plastic, and went to work full-time with them in their office. Growing up her mother

took her to numerous SF Giants games developing a lifetime love for them and baseball. She also

attended numerous music concerts on the green in Oakland which helped her to enjoy various music


At 18, when Santa Clara Plastic moved to Boise Idaho, Deb also moved with them. She worked and lived

in Boise until they sold out to a larger company. Deb was 21 by that time and decided to move back to

Santa Clara. She worked in Los Gatos for a while and eventually met and married Randy Thorson in May

of 1986. They moved to Modesto in Nov of 1986, where her two sons Chris and Trevor were born: Chris

in Sept 1987 and Trevor in Dec 1989. She and Randy were divorced in 1992. At this time Deb was helping

to start Johansen High School as the bookkeeper ordering everything, they needed to start a new High

School. While working at Johansen she started to attend Modesto Junior College working on an AA

degree in Human Services. She also got invited to join the Mexican American Bowling league with a 188


While working at Johansen she met Mike Laurance and in 1988 they were married and lived in Modesto.

Together they Golfed, Snow Skied, Bowled and enjoyed Traveling. In April 2003 Deb earned her degree

with Honors in Human Services. In the fall when school started, she moved into the classroom as a Para-

Professional working with disabled students, which she loved. When they retired in 2008, they moved to

Mi Wuk Village after learning how to make Kettle Corn while helping the Free Methodist Church of

Modesto starting Mi Wuk Kettle Corn. This became their retirement hobby allowing them to travel all

over California. They also traveled to Hawaii and Mexico several times. They joined the Twain Harte

Rotary and helped to start the Royal Flush Crapper Derby in 2014 after the disastrous fall of 2013. While

getting involved with numerous shows she met Nina from Rose Wolf Wildlife Rescue and so wanted to

help with the animals they took in. Deb loved listening to her favorite local bands, Crazy Ivan, Chains

Required, Rock of Ages and Stomp Box, going to hear them whenever they played. Deb loved sitting on

her couch and watching the snow fall during a snowstorm. She loved the quiet beauty of the snowflakes

and the patterns they created.

Deb was preceded in death by her parents. Deb leaves behind her husband of 22 years Mike, her two

sons Chris and Trevor, Trevor's Fiance Lourdes and her step-daughter Jodi, and her brother Bill of Boise

Idaho. A celebration of life will be held early next year, after restrictions have been lifted. In lieu of

flowers, the family requests the donations be made to the Rose Wolf Wildlife Rescue 11775 Mono Way,

Box 226, Sonora, CA.


Celebration of Life
November 21, 2020

1:00 PM
Epproson House (Twain Harte, CA)

November 21, 2020

7:00 PM
Modesto Junior College

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