Taszarek, James F
James F. Taszarek "Taz" passed away Thursday, February 25, after a courageous six-year journey with esophageal cancer. Taz was best known in the broadcasting industry, having managed radio stations in Phoenix, St. Louis and Cincinnati. He was Vice President and General Manager of KTAR and K-Lite for 10 years, and was deeply involved in many civic and charitable committees, being noted by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of the 100 Most Influential Business Leaders. He was a founding board member of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He was on the boards of Phoenix Suns Charities, Salvation Army, Fiesta Bowl (Parade Chairman), National Speakers Association and the National Association of Broadcasters. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He remained an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 44 years, starting July 18, 1971. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Joseph and Alice Taszarek of St. Louis, Mo., and brother Tom of Plano, Texas. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sharon (Terbrock) of Scottsdale, Ariz., along with three children and eight grandchildren. They are: son "Jim, Jr." and his wife Lori (Fee) and grandchildren Michael (16) and Elizabeth (14) of Phoenix, Ariz.; his daughter Mary Carol and son-in-law Jon Lienemann and grandchildren Frederick, Katherine and Joseph (all age 18) of Kansas City, Kansas; his daughter Alice and son-in-law Scott Rodrian and grandchildren Ben (20), Claire (18) and Julia (15) of Glendale, Wisc. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Michael Welby of St. Louis, Mo. A vigil will be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday, March 2, and a mass at 10:30am on Thursday, March 3. Both will take place at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, Arizona. Donations in Taz's honor can be made to Hospice of the Valley or the Franciscan Renewal Center.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Feb. 27 to Mar. 2, 2016.