ARMINGTON - David Wayne Tackett, 33, of Armington passed away and went to be with his maker on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.
He was born Jan. 28, 1981, in Peoria, Ill., to Ronald D. Tackett and Susan (Tisdale) White. He was raised in Armington, Ill., and graduated from Olympia High School in 2000. He graduated from Lincoln College and attended Eastern Illinois University. He married his high school sweetheart, Deanna Shifflet, on July 23, 2005. David and Deanna have three children, Ian (7), Benjamin (6) and Adelynn (4).
He is survived by his wife and children; his parents, Ronald D. Tackett and Susan (Wayne) White; his brother, Craig (Kera) Tackett; sister, Angela (Jason) Litwiller; stepsisters, Karri (Kevin) Eimer, Brandi (Jeremy) Eson, Shelly White, Angie (Brian) Chmura and Lisa White; grandparents, Don and Carolyn Tackett and Evelyn Tisdale; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Lee (Pete) Tisdale, who passed his love for music on to David; and paternal aunt, Brenda Tackett.
He was employed with Golden Dog Underground in McLean. He worked with Wayne's Music World to provide DJ services. He was well known as DJ Dave. David was known best for his infectious smile and his ability to entertain and make others happy through life and his music talent.
On a more serious note, David deeply loved his family and had a special way with all kids. One of the passions that David had was teaching wrestling so that others could achieve state honors as he did in 2000 as a 140-pound Class A State Champion. He was inducted into the Olympia Hall of Fame in 2009 for his achievement.
David had a big heart that was open to all. He will be dearly missed by so many who loved him and shared life with him.
A visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 101 E. Garfield, Minier, Ill. A private burial will be held at Funks Grove Cemetery on Saturday morning, Oct. 18, followed by a celebration of life service at 10:30 a.m., held at Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Minier.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial is set up at Atlanta National Bank, under David Tackett's Family Memorial Fund.