Nov. 21, 1932-Aug. 10, 2019
Jack D. Tanner passed away at home on Saturday, August 10, 2019. He was born a twin and one of four children on November 21, 1932 and raised in Washington, Iowa. He earned his teaching degree at Iowa Wesleyan College where he played tackle for the school’s football team. The team was undefeated Jack’s senior year and went on to play in the Corn Bowl. After college he served two years in the Army at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.
In 1967 Jack moved to Fromberg, Montana to teach and coach. He then taught and refereed in Glasgow for several years. He took a position at the Montana Power Company in Butte in 1977. He worked there until 1995 when he retired as a load forecast planner. His many friends and coworkers from the company remained a part of his life.
He was an avid sportsman his entire life. He hunted, fished, golfed, and skied. He especially supported the MSU Bobcats and the University of Iowa, along with many other teams. In his spare time, he kept a beautiful yard with flowers and tomato plants, as well as caring for the grounds at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. In addition to sports, Jack maintained a very active social life including weekly bridge.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph and Florence Tanner, and his brother, Tom Tanner of Washington, Iowa.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Jeanne Joki Tanner; his sister, Ann Labrie of Butte; twin sister, Jane Lambertson of Butte; and sister-in-law, Charlene Tanner of Washington, Iowa. He also leaves behind numerous stepchildren, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, and a multitude of friends. He will most certainly be missed by all of them.
Throughout Jack’s life, he dedicated himself to serving friends and family. Also, Jack donated his time and great strength to the Butte Food Bank for many of his retirement years. In honor of him, you can send donations to the Butte Food Bank, 1079 East Second Street, Butte, MT 59701.
Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 16, 2019 at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church, 2100 Farragut Ave. in Butte. Funeral Mass will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Rite of Committal with Military Honors will take place at 2:00 p.m. and be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, 4700 Harrison Ave.
Please visit www.buttefunerahome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Jack. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Jack and his family.