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John Bradley Tait


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John Bradley Tait

Phoenix, Formerly of Sioux Falls, South Dakota

John Bradley Tait, age 73, passed away peacefully at his Phoenix home on Friday, June 9, 2017, surrounded by the love of his family. He was born January 23, 1944 in Fargo, North Dakota, the son of the late Harold & Barbara (Schonberg) Tait. He was known by most as Brad, graduating in the 1962 class at Fargo South High School. He continued his education at Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa also served in the Army National Guard until he graduated in 1966. While Brad was working as a recruiter for Parsons, he met a brown-eyed brunette, Sandra Nelson, on the dunes of Lake Michigan. Brad and Sandy were united in marriage on January 7, 1967 in Hammond, Indiana, and celebrated their golden anniversary this year. Brad would rejoin the family business, Fargo Glass and Paint, at home in North Dakota. Not long after, Brad and Sandy moved the family to open a new store for the company, named Sioux Falls Paint & Glass, in 1970. Together, they would build a home in Pine Lake Hills where they would raise their family. He finished his career as an agent for Northwestern Mutual, retiring in 1991. Brad and Sandy moved to Phoenix shortly after.

In 2006, a debilitating stroke limited Brad's movement, but his humor and grit remained unscathed. He was undaunted by the effects of cancer several years later, and found strength from his stroke support group, cardiac rehab friends, and his unrelenting medical team that blessed him with more years here than could be expected. His family will deeply miss his devious smile, quick wit, and abiding love.

Brad is survived by his wife, Sandy Tait of Phoenix; four children and their spouses, Brian Tait of Klamath Falls, Oregon, Stacey & Doug Goodale of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Chris & Kerith Tait of Madison, Wisconsin, Lainey & Mark Ransford of Caro, Michigan; thirteen grandchildren, Autumn, Maura, Holly, Mayah, Avree, Erin, Ava, Brooke, Lindsey, Julia, Ethan, Cameron, and Jackson; two siblings, Roberta Lovell and Craig Tait.

A private family memorial will be held in Sioux Falls this later this summer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you plant a tree or perform a random act of kindness in Brad's memory.
Published in The Argus Leader on July 14, 2017
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