TAHLEQUAH, Ok -- Funeral services for Jacob Bee Tanner Jr ,were Wednesday, May 4th at The Place Where They Play (SHS Gym). Officiating was Brother Mike Christy. Pallbearers were Daniel Faddis, Billy Mc Nack, Brady Tanner, Brent Edwards, Clint Hall, Jesse Webb, and Brian Collins. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Lee, David Rhodes, Johnny Dale, Jerry Adams, Brandon Murray, and Drew Dixon. Interment followed at Piney Cemetery in Jay.
Jacob Bee “Buddy” Tanner, Jr, age 61, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma passed away of natural causes on Friday, April 29, 2016, at approximately 1:30am at Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah.
Jacob was born on September 16, 1954, in Claremore, Oklahoma to Jacob and Audrey (Harvey) Tanner. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and brother, Paul Wesley Tanner.
Jacob is survived by three sons, Jacob Bee Tanner, III (Salina, OK), Jason Coaly Tanner (Jay, OK), Jason Daniel Harris (Wagoner, OK), one daughter, Amanda Brooke Tanner (Muskogee, OK) and six grandchildren. Jacob is also survived by one brother, Gary Tanner and four sisters, Christina Parsons, Daisy Potter, Kay Derringer and Louise Snyder.
Jacob had a love of sports from a young age. He began playing football at Jay, Oklahoma Jr. High against his parents’ wishes and they discovered his playing by hearing his name announced over the loud speaker while driving past the football field. This love of football, other sports and people would shape the remainder of his life and lead to the impacts that he had on numerous student athletes.
Jacob spent over 35 years as an educator, coach, mentor and father figure to countless young men and women. He spent time as a teacher and coach at Sperry, Oklahoma, Jay, Oklahoma and over 20 years at Wagoner, Oklahoma. After retiring from the Oklahoma Public Education system, he began teaching and coaching at Tahlequah-Sequoyah High School in 2006. As much as he loved coaching, he was just as devoted to his classroom and the Tahlequah Sequoyah Robotics Program.
He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, former and current student-athletes. Even though he has left this earth, his memory, influence, teachings, kindness, patience, drive to succeed, and commitment, will live on through all those that have been fortunate enough to have him be a part of their life.
Cherokee Nation, Sequoyah High School mourn loss of assistant coach
The Cherokee Nation and Sequoyah High School mourn the loss of assistant baseball and softball coach Jacob Tanner.
Tanner, 61, passed away Thursday.
Tanner has coached baseball, softball and golf at Sequoyah since 2006 and was also a science and robotics program teacher.
"Just thinking of those areas -- high school science, robotics and coach, he had a diverse background and expertise and did a great job," said Sequoyah athletic director Marcus Crittenden.
Sequoyah fastpitch coach Jeff Turtle, who also was a previous head baseball coach and worked with Tanner in both sports, spoke of Tanner's impact.
"His classroom was a hangout for kids at lunch. We've had kids coming in all day, former players texting. It's a great loss."
“We are deeply saddened to unexpectedly lose such a valued and respected member of our Sequoyah High School family,” said Cherokee Nation Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin. “Coach Tanner was a great mentor, teacher and coach for our students. Today, our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Tanner, known for always smiling, served as the assistant baseball and fast-pitch softball coach and science teacher at Sequoyah since 2006. He also sponsored the robotics program at Sequoyah.
“Coach Tanner was very well liked and respected by students, staff and faculty. His passing is a great loss for our Sequoyah family, and we will miss him greatly. Right now, our thoughts and prayers are with his family, players, students, colleagues and all who will be grieving this loss,” said Sequoyah Schools Athletic Director Marcus Crittenden.
Tanner served more than 35 years in education, including his time at Sequoyah.
Funeral services will be at Sequoyah High School gym.