Richard E. Tanner

By March 24, 2011

Feb. 20, 1933 — March 17, 2011

Richard “Dick” Ellis Tanner died on March 17, 2011, from injuries suffered in a head-on collision car accident while traveling with his beloved companion, Marla McArron to their home in Foresthill.

He was born Feb. 20, 1933, in Los Angeles to George “Raymond” and Grace Atkins Byl Tanner.  He grew up in Alhambra and moved to Davis, where he studied landscape architecture at UC Davis.  He met Eloise Ann (Mickey) Barlow and married in 1952, subsequently having two children, Kendra and Barry.

Dick served in the Army reserves as a Lieutenant during the Korean War era, and worked briefly as a pump tester for PG&E before going back to school for his teaching credential.  He taught at Broderick Junior High, then at Valley Oak Elementary, where, for several years, he participated in the Educational Handicapped program for Davis Schools, where he achieved many successes with disadvantaged children.  He finished his teaching career at Longview private Elementary school in Davis.

He then turned to woodworking.  He and his son worked for two years with Larry Snyder, making harpsichords.  Following that, he got his General Contractors license and for over thirty years was a well-respected and much sought-after builder in the Davis area.

Dick loved the out of doors and his children fondly remember summers spent exploring the Northwest in a VW Camper, visiting friends and staying in campgrounds or hiking off in search of lakes and streams to fish.  He will always be remembered as a generous, loving and happy man who enjoyed quality and simplicity.  His last years, with Marla McArron, were some of his happiest, spent on their land in Foresthill, building a cabin for the two of them, and always engaged in a number of projects.

He leaves behind his daughter, Kendra Tanner and her husband, Gerd La Mar of Davis; his son Barry Tanner and his companion, Naomi Wells of Boulder Creek; grandson Kyli Tanner of Davenport; and his grandson Jed Milroy and his wife Rani and his great-granddaughter, Alona Gaddamilroy, all of Boulder Creek.  He also leaves behind his extended family including Eric and Jeanette La Mar; Eva and Andrew Fridlund and their son Nathaniel; Jason Bergquist, Katy (Bergquist) Phenix and Jennifer Grimes.  Marla’s family, including Lance Donnell and his daughter Piper, and Shawna and Rick Grinnell are also grieving his loss.  He will not be forgotten.

A joint celebration of Dick and Marla’s lives will be held at Central Park Pavilion on Sunday April 3, from noon to 4 p.m.  Contact Shawna Grinnell at [email protected] or Kendra Tanner at (530) 756-4590 or [email protected], for more information.

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