John Alan Marmann

By on July 14, 2022

John Alan Marmann died from a sudden brain hemorrhage on June 21, 2022 at the age of 49. He is survived by his amazing wife Dori and wonderful daughters Nicole (13) and Ella (12). Born to Richard A. Marmann, Sr. and Anne T. Marmann (deceased) in Decatur, AL, he was the tenth of 11 children (the “love child” as they called him): Teresa Dawson (Dennis), Richard A. Marmann, Jr. (Sandra), Mary Lynn Bronner (David), Robert Marmann (Sue), Deborah Miller (Gary), Linda Bryan (Craig), Steven “Michael” Marmann (deceased), Patricia Marmann, Charles Marmann (Karla), and James “David” Marmann (Angela). John was the beloved uncle of 20 nieces and nephews.

John attended Auburn University then the University of Alabama, first pursuing a degree in chemical engineering before realizing that his true calling was food. He transferred to Johnson and Wales University in Norfolk where he graduated with a degree in Culinary Arts. After graduation, John worked in New York City, St. John’s Virgin Island, Washington DC, and Scottsdale, AZ.

John met his wife Clendora (Dori) Grezlik in December 2002 at The Boulders Resort. The two were married on April 24, 2004, in Las Vegas. They moved to Corolla, NC that June and purchased Sundogs Bar and Grill the following month. In 2008 they opened Northern Lights Bakery, then in 2012 Agave Roja Modern Mexican Restaurant. In 2020 they launched the Corolla Seafood Buffet. John had a 7-year itch for opening new businesses and always left the businesses he sold in the hands of good friends. John, the consummate entrepreneur played an integral part in expanding culinary experiences in Corolla.

John meant so much to so many people and leaves a vast culinary legacy to the Corolla community but most notably the greatest legacy is that of the Ultimate Dad to Nicole and Ella and devoted husband to Dori. John met his wife and forever soul mate in Dori Grezlik. Not only was Dori his entrepreneur partner but was his partner in love. This forever partnership will continue with unwavering strength as Dori and her girls maintain the culinary experiences in Corolla. He was so generous with his beloved girls as he instilled a sense of strength, independence, confidence and the incredible ability to communicate with ease. Not only did he share his intense love for food with his girls, but his fascination with Star Wars and the magical Harry Potter. John had a “silly playfulness” and larger than life sense of humor that would light up a room and keep the party going. He also shared that with his girls whether he was making funny faces or imitating the infamous LSU coach “O” or his unforgettable Runway Fashion Show escapades. These are the cherished memories that we all will keep close to our hearts.

John loved Alabama football…Roll Tide Roll! Not only was John a music enthusiast, but he was also a true connoisseur of every kind of food and beverage particularly tequila, sushi and sake. He spent incredible amounts of time working to hone his research skills to perfection to satisfy the discerning palates of his loyal customers.

John welcomed all who joined him for food, drink, and fellowship! In the face of adversity, he inspired many to …… Show Me Strong!

A celebration of life will be held in Corolla on July 31st at the lighthouse beach access at noon followed by a reception at the Currituck Club at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Water’s Edge Village School in Corolla, NC, Corolla Fire and Rescue Foundation, and/or buying a drink for yourself at Agave Roja!


  • Cathie Lowe

    God Bless John and his family, I only met him a few times but he was always very friendly and welcoming. I am a very good friend of his sister Linda and wish only the best for his beautiful daughters and wife. He definitely was a self starter and had an obvious love of cooking and hosting a great time for others. I understand he always did a mean brisket! Hugs and love to all!

    Cathie Lowe

    Thursday, Jul 14 @ 8:58 pm
  • Sharon McRae-Wellner

    John’s family, Linda, Debra, Charlie, and the rest of the Marmann family,
    So sorry for the loss of your loved one. I have such fond and special memories growing up with y’all in Decatur.
    You’re in my prayers! Sharon McRae-Wellner

    Thursday, Jul 14 @ 11:05 pm
  • Joy Black

    I never met John but heard many stories from his sister Linda. So sad to hear about his sudden passing and my prayers are with the family. May God bring you peace, as only He can do.

    Saturday, Jul 16 @ 12:56 am
  • Aubrey

    John is a legend of the Corolla community and I will miss having him float to our table and make sure everything was great. A life lived in service to others is one well spent, and John spent his doing just that.

    Saturday, Jul 16 @ 2:52 pm
  • Barbara Wilkie

    As hearts are heavy by his passing, his legacy will live on thru Dori and girls and all his family. He was loved and respected by many in the community. He touched many people and had the best smile. He leaves us a great example of what hospitality meant to us all with love! What A life of celebration!

    Wednesday, Jul 27 @ 12:33 pm