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Willard Tanner


Willard Tanner, 85, of Rock Springs, passed away Nov. 18, 2015 at Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center in Green River. A longtime resident of Rock Springs, and former resident of Granger, Tanner passed away due to failing health over the past three months.

He was born on Sept. 10, 1930 in Carter, the son of  the late Walter Smith Tanner and Emily Louise Bluemel.

Tanner attended schools in Carter, until the third grade and then graduated from Lyman High School with the class of 1949.

He married Beverly Tanner in Rock Springs on Nov. 9, 1950 and they later divorced.  She preceded him in death on Dec. 26, 2008.

Tanner worked for Pacific Power and Light as an electrician for 10 years until his retirement in 1988. He was active in the IBEW Local #322.

His interests included going to the senior citizens center daily, fishing, reading, crossword puzzles and spending time with his family.

Survivors include three sons, Russel LeRoy Tanner, Willard Dwayne Tanner and wife Deniece, and Eldon Dee Tanner and wife Janet, all of Rock Springs; one sister, Marie Lee of Logan, Utah; one sister-in-law, Marie Tanner of Lyman; one grandchild, Monty Ray Tanner and wife Ashley; three step-grandchildren, LaDawn Whitney, Mary Henselen and Nicholas Robinson; several great -grandchildren and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, former wife Beverly Tanner; four brothers, Charles, William, Harold and Joe Tanner; four sisters, Marian Banks, Ruth Rollins, Helen Kizzire, Mary Mouritsen and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services took place Monday.

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