Donald “Don” Tacke, 92

Donald Bernard Tacke was born south of Greencreek, Idaho on September 30, 1928 to Bernard A. and Olivia M. (Hattrup) Tacke. He died in Spokane, Washington on June 27, 2021.

Three years after his birth, his sister Margaret arrived completing the family. Just as he was starting his junior year of high school his father died suddenly thrusting him into a farming career at an early age. After high school Don took a diesel mechanics class in Portland, Oregon, and missed the hard winter of 1948-49. As a young man he managed to catch the eye of a pretty girl living in the neighboring town. In 1953, Don married Irma (Uhlorn) in Ferdinand, Idaho.

In a few years the family outgrew their original home. Don built and moved his young family into their new home in 1963. Don and Irma valued education and encouraged their children to attend college. Nearly all their adult children live more than 100 miles away from them but over the years have made regular trips back home for visiting and playing board games. Thanksgiving became the most popular time to return to the roost.

Don believed in giving back to his community. He served on two state-wide boards, the Diocesan Education Board and the Idaho Pea and Lentil Commission. He was an energetic member in the Knights of Columbus and the Lions Club. He was an active communicant of St. Anthony Church in Greencreek.

Don had a great love of music. He knew the words to many popular songs written between 1920 and 1960. He played drums in several bands for decades and took satisfaction in entertaining at dances. In retirement Don and Irma traveled the western states attending Dixieland music festivals. He enjoyed getting to know the musicians that traveled the Dixieland circuit and of course enjoying the music.

Don was preceded in death by his parents.

Surviving him are his wife Irma, daughters Ruth (John) Berning of Spokane, Washington; Mary (Lonn) Leitch of Wilder, Idaho; sons Cliff (Sue) Tacke of Greencreek; Sam (Jayne) Tacke of Merced, California; Neal (Lorrie) Tacke of Hendricks, Minnesota; Allen (Peg) Tacke of Edmonds, Washington; Ed (Corrie) Tacke of Harlingen, Texas; and Chuck (Nancy) Tacke of Boise, Idaho. He is also survived by his sister Margaret of Seattle, Washington, fourteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at St. Anthony Church in Greencreek on July 9 with Rosary at 9 AM and Mass at 9:30. Internment will be at the Greencreek cemetery followed by refreshments and deserts at the Greencreek Hall. The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Sister Mary’s Children Endowment at Box 809, McCall, Idaho 83638. Send condolences to the family to Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville will oversee arrangements.

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  • Gayle Osburn says:

    Dear Tacke’s All,
    I am so blessed to have known Don and many of you in this wonderful family. My thoughts are prayers are with you as we are reminded of all the fabulous times together. Special prayers for Irma, please know how much you are loved and supported.

  • Robert and Jill Terhaar Lewis says:

    Our sincere condolences, love, and prayers for all of the Tackes! We have been privileged to have so many fond memories together. We are thankful for every day and each and every one of you! Looking forward to his washboard playing in the heavenly choir when all the Saints come marching in! ❤️

  • Christine Frei says:

    Don was an exceptional human being and such a great role model to all who knew him. We are so sorry that we will not be able to attend his celebration of life. Please know that each of the Tackes are held in our highest regard and our hearts are heavy. May each memory give you solace and a sense of peace. Melvin and Christy Frei

  • Ann and Don says:

    I’ve been thinking for days of what to say that would do Don justice. His smile, his humor, his music and his insights come to mind. Most of all we valued his and Irma’s friendship and caring during our time on the Prairie and after we moved away. Wish we could be there tomorrow, but we will be there in spirit with our deepest sympathies for the loss of a much loved man. Hugs to all.

  • Dave Holthaus says:

    Irma, Cliff and Sue, as well as the rest of the family,
    Don and Irma had and will have a special place in my heart. I enjoyed our conversations and jokes from both Don and Irma. Don will be missed deeply and always be remembered as a great great man. Don and the family will be in my prayers.

  • Jerry Richardson says:

    I met your Dad years ago when we first moved here. He was a very kind man. I always enjoyed visiting with him, he had a great outlook on life. He left behind a wonderful legacy in his children. My thoughts and Prayers are with you. God Bless

  • Tim Bodine says:

    Dear Tacke family,
    I feel so fortunate to have grown up with Don as a neighbor. He was a very special individual, with an easy smile and a great sense of humor. He will be missed by all who knew him. Please know all of his family are in our prayers, especially Irma.

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