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.