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Jacob Tanis Jr.

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FRANKFORD - Jacob Tanis Jr., 87, of Frankford Township, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at home.

Born in North Haledon, Mr. Tanis was a lifetime resident of Frankford Township.

He was a 1942 graduate of Newton High School and was the owner/operator of Ideal Farms (purebred Angus cattle farm) in Augusta. Mr. Tanis spent his entire life as a member of the farming community. It began with his father, Jacob Tanis Sr., who owned a large dairy operation in Sussex County, known as Ideal Farms, which extended throughout Northwestern New Jersey. Mr. Tanis was on the Board of Directors of the Hackettstown Auction Market for 47 years, president of the New Jersey Angus Association, and instrumental in forming the NJQHA (New Jersey Quarter Horse Association) where he served as president. He also was instrumental in forming the Top O'Jersey 4-H Beef Club; he was a longtime supporter of the 4-H Market Sale and in 1959 developed a purebred Angus herd. He was a member in longstanding of the Young Progressive Farmers of August along with Tom Bain, Ed Risdon and Emery Castimore. The mayor of Frankford Township, Mr. Tanis was a member of the Township Committee as well as a member of the Zoning Board for 25 years.

The son of the late Jacob Tanis Sr., and Anna (DeHaan) Tanis, Mr. Tanis also was predeceased by two brothers, Dr. John Tanis, in 1985 and William Tanis Sr., in 2008. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Rose (McKinnon) Tanis; four children, Sharon Tanis of Island Park, Idaho, Jacob Tanis III, and his wife, Sally, of Centre Hall, Pa., Jan Tanis Jorritsma and her husband, Ben, of Lafayette, and Mark Tanis and his wife, Kathy, of Pitcher, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, Jacob Tanis IV, Adam Tanis, Rachel Tanis Mead, Jennifer Tanis Rice, Logan Tanis, Benjamin Jorritsma and Kyle Jorritsma; seven great-grandchildren; his sister, Lillian Castimore and her husband, Emery, of Lafayette; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Lafayette Federated Church, 180 Route 15, Lafayette. Interment will follow in Frankford Plains Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, April 26, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton.

Memorial donations may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 350 Sparta Ave., Building B, Suite 2, Sparta, N.J. 07871. Online condolences may be offered at

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Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street Newton, NJ 07860
(973) 383-4600
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Apr. 25, 2013