Carolyn Jean DeBlauw

December 26, 1941 ~ October 12, 2019 (age 77)

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The memorial service for Carolyn will be Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Grace Bible Church, 100 Rodeo Dr in Arroyo Grande.

 Carolyn Jean McLaughlin DeBlauw

            Carolyn was born in French Hospital located in Los Angeles, California, on December 26, 1941, just 19 days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Windows and automobile headlights had to be blacked out in anticipation of additional attacks on the West Coast, which made a dark and scary ride to the hospital that Christmas night.     

Carolyn’s parents, Delbert and Marilyn  (Scott) McLaughlin, had one son, Marvon, almost three years old at her birth. Later, two sisters, Elaine and Lorene (Lori), were added to the family. The McLaughlin family lived in the Hermon Community, near Los Angeles, where her father attended college and completed his training to become a minister in the Free Methodist Church. Carolyn came to know and accept Jesus Christ as her Savior at a young age.  The family moved frequently as her father was assigned as pastor to churches located in Southern California beginning with Mira Loma followed by Escondido, Glendale, Long Beach, Riverside, San Jose, and lastly Carolyn moved with her family to Oak Glen when her father became Camp Director of The Pines, a Church camp located near Yucaipa, California.

            Carolyn met Richard DeBlauw who worked for the Forest Service at the Oak Glen Ranger Station. They were married in Redlands and lived there until they moved back to Hermon where Richard was offered a job in the building trades by Carolyn’s uncle who was a contractor. Carolyn moved to Arroyo Grande in 1968 with Richard and their three children Janie and twin boys, Dale and Duane. Richard worked constructing homes and commercial buildings with his brother Bill for several years before opening DeBlauw Builders Inc. where Carolyn worked as Office Manager.

Carolyn loved tennis, reading, biking, and taking trips with Richard in their motor home. Carolyn and her family have been active members in the Arroyo Grande Presbyterian Church, now Grace Bible Church.

In March of 2017, Carolyn was diagnosed w/ stage 4 lung cancer.  She fought a brave and courageous fight through several treatments until her body succumbed to the disease.

Most of all, Carolyn loved and served Jesus, her Lord and Savior. She followed Christ’s example through her caring service and hospitality. Her husband, family, friends and strangers were all beneficiaries of her numerous gifts. Her actions definitely spoke louder than her words.

Husband: Richard P. DeBlauw

Children: Janie Moore & Husband, Jeff

                                    Kristi & Mike Greenlee




                                    Ashley Hook

                                    Tobin Hook

                        Dale DeBlauw

                                    Garrett and wife, Lisa

                                                Emma Jane


                                                Lillie Ann




                        Duane DeBlauw and wife, Cheryl








In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to:

- Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA)

Attn: Donor Services - De Blauw’s #2051

901 East 78th ST Minneapolis, MN 55420-1300


Via website:

Designation - De Blauw’s #2051

Garrett and Lisa DeBlauw

Our ministry: Using our gifts of evangelism, discipleship, and music, we create relationships with everyday people. We then disciple them in the Word, teaching them to share it among their own community. It is through this intentionality, that Gospel communities are multiplied and churches are formed.


- AWANA Club that Carolyn served in for 38 years

Non-Charitable gifts can be made to Grace Bible Church, 100 Rodeo Dr., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 attn. AWANA

To be used for families that can't afford to pay for books and uniforms.  AWANA is a club that teaches children about Jesus and focuses on Bible memorization.

To send flowers to Carolyn's family, please visit our floral section.


Celebration of Life
October 19, 2019

2:00 PM
Grace Bible Church
100 Rodeo Drive
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

October 19, 2019

3:00 PM
Grace Bible Church Community Room
100 Rodeo Dr
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

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