OBITUARY

Tomjari "Jari" Tanner-Starks Brown

January 15, 1974January 26, 2019
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Tomjari "Jari" Tanner-Starks Brown, 45, of Indianapolis passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2019. He was born on January 15, 1974 in Seattle, Washington, a son of the late Thomas L. Starks and Yvonne (Tanner) Starks who survives. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Seattle University in 1995 and his Masters in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix in 1999. He worked as a college professor at Harrison College and most recently at Lincoln College of Technology in Indianapolis. He served as president of Alumni Association for University of Phoenix and was the president of Watson Park Neighborhood Association in Indianapolis. He will be remembered for his love of horror movies and Scooby-Doo. Surviving family include his spouse, David Brown, who he has been together with since February 6, 1998; whom he married on November 30, 2003 in Canada, and who he renewed his vows with in the State of Indiana on June 6, 2014; mother, Yvonne Starks; his nephew whom he considered a son, Traemel Miller; son, Travis (Melissa) Brown; daughter, Kimberly (Nick) Rumschlag; brother, Thomas L.T. Starks; seven grandchildren, Drew, Ariavne, Skyler, Ian, Neegan, Breck, and Kai; one great grandson, Wesley; uncles, Frank and George Tanner ; aunts, Tanya and Ida Tanner; cousins, Mila and Kimberly Tanner; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his father, he was preceded in passing by his son, Christopher Brown. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Rd., Fort Wayne with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2019 at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Prairie Grove Cemetery, Fort Wayne.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, February 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 2, 2019
REMEMBERING

Tomjari "Jari" Tanner-Starks Brown

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Dan Rogge

February 5, 2019

Though I hadn't seen you in years, your wit and wisdom rang true on a daily basis through my social feed. You've left me wonderful memories to carry. I will miss you my friend!

Melanie Chacon

February 3, 2019

I worked with Tanner (that's what we called him) at Harrison College for several years. I found both him and Dave very nice to work with. I was shocked to see that he had passed away. He was always smiling, energetic and helpful. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Melanie Chacon

Sandra Mackey

January 31, 2019

Rest in Heaven Mr. Tanner Stark-Brown I will miss your smile, your sense of humor and your inspiration that you gave me as your student. Sandra

J. Paul Blake

January 31, 2019

May God bless Tomjari Tanner-Starks, a bright soul whose light will continue to glow. Rest in peace.
J. Paul Blake
Seattle, WA

Pamila Gant

January 30, 2019

I don't know where to begin. .. As a student "Jari" was fiercely determined to make his education his own as he thought it should be. He was one of a few students I didn't worry about too much because of his determination. His brilliance was exciting and I looked forward to hearing his stance on current events, the power of his mind and most of all that smile.

My heart goes out to you, the family. I am praying for comfort and strength and that memories never leave you.

God Bless,
Pamila

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