Eric Tanaka
Eric was born in San Mateo to parents Tadashi John Tanaka and Kazue Tanaka. He passed suddenly in Sacramento from a brain hemorrage with many family members by his side. Eric was predeceased by his father Tadashi John Tanaka and his sister Lynette Tanaka. Eric is survived by his wife Jan of 38 yrs, Sister-in-law Susan (Ron) Hardwick, children; Rich & Lara, Melody Enella, Wendy Sandoval, and Conley Vessels; six grandchildren, Tracy Marks, Lindsey Vessels, Jody Vessels, Conley James Vessels, Ethan Enella, and Savannah Enella; three great grandchildren, Nick Marks, Kenadie Frost, and Analia Maine. In addition, Eric leaves several aunts, uncles, cousins, and two nieces: Jamie Tanaka and Jordan Tanaka. In 1957, his family moved from San Mateo to Sacramento where they remained. In 1970, Eric served his country in the Army in Vietnam, earning several medals. In 1973 Eric started a career at Citizens Utilities. Lasting 40 years, retiring in 2013. Eric married the love of his life, Jan Vessels in 1980. He was a man of many talents and enjoyed sharing these with his entire family as well as many friends. He was an avid basketball fan as well as music fan, but his true passions were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A service will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 11am at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 7595 Center Parkway, Sacramento, CA 95823.
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Published by The Sacramento Bee from Jan. 9 to Jan. 11, 2019.
St. Luke's Lutheran Church
7595 Center Parkway, Sacramento, CA
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Dear Jan & Family - I just found out that Eric has passed. May God bless & keep you all during this time of grief. He was a very kind & thoughtful person to me, his medicare broker.
Michelle Hylton
February 7, 2019
My Lord, Eric's friendship has enriched my life over the years. In the most humble and simplistic way of thinking, he remains (and will continue to remain) memorable, and for that, I am grateful. One day I will cross that divide, and it will be a dandy reunion. God bless you, and thanks for being a true friend Eric, it means the world to me. Prayers to Jan and the kids.
David Mason
January 12, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you (Neil) and your entire family. I am deeply sorry for your loss.
Lori Boeger
January 12, 2019
Jan, so sorry for your loss. Susan O'Farrell from CalSTRS days.
Susan O'Farrell
January 11, 2019
Eric will be missed by everyone who knew him. He was a good friend and excellent co-worker. God Bless!
Mark B Smith
January 11, 2019
Rest In Peace. You're really going to be missed. I so appreciated your friendship & all the long talks we had. Your insight & advice was always welcome. You were one of the best. ❤
Nikki Terrell
January 10, 2019
You will be sorely missed, OG. You were many things to many people but if I had to pick one word to describe you, it would be DEPENDABLE. We love you with all of our hearts.
Michelle & Wendy Sandoval
January 10, 2019
Rest peacefully E.T., you will be missed so much! Thank you for your friendship which you gave wholeheartedly no matter what. Until we meet again dear friend❤
Michelle Dickson
January 10, 2019
A good guy and good friend who will be missed by many who knew him. God Bless!
Terry Lewis
January 10, 2019
rest in peace and it was my pleasure to have known you. Nick
Nick Rodabaugh
January 9, 2019
Rest in peace my brother. Going to miss those five hour long coffee breaks at Denny's restaurant. Sam Stanley, the old old phone guy. IBEW 1245
Sam Stanley
January 9, 2019
Rest in Heavenly peace to my future Brother- in- Law. Love, Julia
Julia Lau
January 9, 2019
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