Joe Carroll Tacker
JOE CARROLL TACKER Joe Carroll Tacker died on August 27th, 2016 after a short illness at the age of 91. Joe and his wife, Marilyn had been residents of the Monterey area since 1979 living in Carmel, Carmel Valley, New Monterey and Skyline Forest, all California. Joe was an active member and former president of Toastmasters Club 2032 at the Naval Postgraduate School, a retired Lieutenant Commander, Naval Aviator, US Navy and retired Captain with Hawaiian Airlines. He was particularly proud of his service as Foreman of the 1999 Monterey Grand Jury. A tuba player since the age of 14 he played in various bands and ensembles locally and in Hawaii. He enjoyed his teaching of low brass at the Prunedale Cristian Academy. Some of his private students made him very proud. Joe was born in Corinth, Mississippi and after graduating from High School in 1942 went to work for Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Co. in Baltimore, MD. He joined the Navy in 1943 and served as assistant navigator and helmsman on the highly decorated U.S.S. Buchanan, DDF484. The day the war was over his orders for flight training arrived. Upon completion he was commissioned as a Naval Aviator. During the Korean War he was reactivated where he had the coveted duty of flying various admirals around the country. He continued to serve in the Navy Reserve in Hawaii as the commander of his reserve unit. Joe attended Muhlenberg University in Allentown, PA, the University of Hawaii, and Monterey Peninsula College. In 1957 Joe started judging American Kennel Club dog shows and with the help of his wife and great dog show judges like Derek Rayne he became one of only 20 AKC All Breed judges in 1991. Joe is survived by his wife Marilyn. Marilyn and Joe were married in 1950 in Honolulu. They have two children, Trula of Golden Valley, AZ and Peter of Thousand Oaks, CA and a granddaughter Elise Hegstrom of Boise, ID. A private "Celebration of Life" party will be held at a future date. Paul's Mortuary in Pacific Grove, California is handling the immediate arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Youth Music Monterey County. (http://www.youthmusicmonterey.org).
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