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Richard K. Tanon

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REVEREND DR. RICHARD K. TANON Was born on November 6, 1936, in the Bronx, NY, to his parents, Ricardo and Filomena Tanon. It pleased the Lord to call him home on February 7, 2008. He was 71 years young. Richard is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ruth Maldonado Tanon, and their children Pamela Miranda, R. Kenneth Tanon, Ronald Tanon, and preceded by Keren Tanon-Saltiel. He is also survived by his stepmother, Ana Mercedes Tanon and sister, Denise Tanon, as well as nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. From the very beginning, Pastor Tanon, the son of a preacher, knew that the call of God was on his life at the tender age of 18. He was an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, a prison chaplain, pastor, teacher, preacher, educator, counselor, mentor, visionary, and friend. Pastor Tanon was always willing to drop what he was doing at a moments notice in order to help a friend. Although there are many accomplishments, accolades, degrees, and titles that we can list, he was a simple man who always strived to be one who was faithful to the Word of God. Dr. Tanon pastored Iglesia Pentecostal in Plattekill, NY, Templo Ebenezer in Newark, NJ, and Valley Assembly of God in Gardiner, NY. He then served as the senior prison chaplain in New York City, Sing Sing, and Eastern Correctional Facility in Napanoch, NY. His journey then led him to Templo de la Cruz in Hayward, CA, where he pastored for 21 years. Finally, Dr. Tanon was elected to serve as the Assistant District Superintendent of the Northern Pacific Latin American District. It brought him great joy to be able to pour into people and he did so countless times through retreats, seminars, and conferences throughout the states and abroad. Pastor Tanon loved to laugh and was never afraid to show his excitement for life. He would light up a room with his charisma and genuine love for people. As a hobby, he looked forward to hunting season every fall in upstate New York and enjoyed the quietness of sitting alone with God. He was an avid sports fan and he loved fishing, playing dominoes, and strumming his guitar. Many of you remember Dr. Tanon as a dynamic preacher but his passion for God was only equaled by his devotion to his family. Memories of home were full of blessing and laughter. As a husband, Pastor Tanon was affectionate and loving to his wife, Ruth, and even as they aged, their love never grew old. At home, there were many mornings when the family awoke to the sound of Pastor Tanon praying. He will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at Harbor Light Church (previously known as Fremont First Assembly), 4760 Thornton Ave., Fremont, CA. followed by interment at Lone Tree Cemetery, Hayward, CA. Viewing will precede the service at 9:00 a.m. HOLY ANGELS SORENSEN CHAPEL 501-581-1234 OR 510-351-1451
Published in Inside Bay Area on Feb. 14, 2008
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