With profound sadness but much love, the family of Stan Tanner announces his passing on Monday, December 28th, 2020, in Lethbridge, Alberta, after a brief battle with cancer.
Originally of Cranbrook, British Columbia, Stan was born on August 23rd, 1949, to Walter Sidney Tanner and Mildred Wanda Obray Tanner. The second of eight children, Stan was close to his siblings and loved to regale stories of their times growing up. On August 25th, 1972, Stan married his bride Carolynn Rae Star of Cranbrook. They would go on to have six children and share the next forty-eight years together.
Stan was proud to be born in the back of a car, a circumstance which may have foreshadowed his affinity for vehicles. He enjoyed countless hours tinkering on engines, doing body and paint work, and scouring the prairies for old beauties. Stan appreciated a good storyline and was an avid reader and movie-goer. Jeopardy was his favorite game show and if you watched it with him, he would leave you either impressed or frustrated. A huge fan of music, Stan exposed his children to the musical greats of his generation. He had a passion for Family History and was a man of many hobbies and talents. Building and home DIY projects were a favorite pastime, and in the early 1980s, he built his family a home in Dalmeny, Saskatchewan.
As a young man, Stan spent time as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Los Angeles, CA area. His church was very important to him and he would spend a huge amount of his time and energy serving this community throughout his life. He served as a Temple Worker in the Jordan River Temple for four years. He wore several professional hats, starting with a career as a Saskatoon City Police Officer. After moving his family to Utah in the 1990s, he would work in Education and Training, Insurance, and ultimately end his working years with the Utah State Prosecution Council.
Stan was predeceased by his parents, and his younger brother Dale Tanner. He is survived by brothers Dan (Valeen) Tanner, Ken (Patty) Tanner, Alan (Barb) Tanner, Don (Tammy) Tanner, and John (Brooke) Tanner, his sister Vicki (Don) Chatterton, his sister-in-law Carol (Barry) Lance and several nieces and nephews throughout Canada and the United States. He is also survived by his loving wife Carolynn and his children, Rebecca Tanner of Alberta, Kristofer (Emily) Tanner of Utah, Kerith (Ryan) Nichols of Texas, Erin (Dariel) Ramirez of Germany, Cayliah Tanner of Alaska, and James Tanner & Jaime Rollingson of Alberta. He leaves behind eleven beautiful grandchildren that he adored and was very proud of: Cayleigh, Lillian, Kane, Jordyn, Alexis, Ayden, Joshua, Ilianna, Kyndra, Logan, and Artemus.
Stan was a remarkable man, his influence and reach were wide, and he will be truly missed by so many. He will forever be in our hearts, until we meet again.
His final resting place will be at the Leavitt Cemetery in Leavitt, Alberta. A memorial will be held at a future date due to the current global pandemic.
The family would like to thank Dr. Ukrainetz and the entire palliative staff at St. Michael’s Health Center.