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King David Memorial Chapel & King David Cemetery

2697 E Eldorado Ln, Las Vegas, NV

OBITUARY

Brian Tabach

July 17, 1943June 21, 2020

Over the years kayaking on the Colorado River brought Brian peace and the lively socialization at a gaming table brought him energy. The one constant for Brian was the joy he found when crafting song lyrics and collaborating with friends. Brian Tabach lived for the song that was yet to come and will always be remembered for his musical passions. Sadly Brian passed away with his brother at his side on June 21. In 1973, Brian made it to the Top 20 Easy Listening Chart with Loving Naturally, a song co-written with Byron Walls. The duo recorded under the name Sandalwood. However, friends and family recall a handsome 13-year-old Brian with his new guitar in hand and eager to sing the popular folk songs of the day. He would follow this passion throughout the 1970s, as he styled himself, complete with mustache, as a Jim Croce cover artist, playing to intimate audiences in the Iowa and Colorado college scene. For several years, before relocating west, he worked with friend Judi Brown through the Iowa Arts Council to bring music into the lives of children. Then in the mid-1990s, he launched his fulltime teaching career with Clark County School District; a high point for him was being a member of the inaugural faculty of Bob Bailey Middle School. Brian was born July 17, 1943, in Los Angeles, California to spent most of his childhood in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Des Moines Roosevelt High School, University of Iowa, and attained a master’s in education at Drake University. Brian is predeceased by his father Sydney Tabach, his mother Dorris Gordin Bonfigli, and sister Barbara Bonfigli. He is survived by brother Barney (Barbara) Tabach, sister Anne Tabach, and stepmother Geraldine Tabach, and sister-in-law Marilynn Preston. He is remembered by his niece Maggie (Dawid) Tabach Lopes, and nephews Anthony (Kari) Tabach, and Max Tabach. In lieu of flowers please make donations to one of the following is appreciated: Jewish Family Services of Las Vegas (jfsalv.org) or Nathan Adelson Hospice (nah.org) or National Kidney Foundation (kidney.org).

  • FAMILY

  • Sydney Tabach, Father (deceased)
  • Dorris Gordin Bonfigli, Mother (deceased)
  • Barbara Bonfigli, Sister (deceased)
  • Barney Tabach (Barbara), Brother
  • Anne Tabach, Sister
  • Geraldine Tabach, Step Mother
  • Marilynn Preston, Sister
  • Maggie Tabach Lopes (Dawid), Niece
  • Anthony Tabach (Kari), Nephew
  • Max Tabach, Nephew

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, July 5, 2020

Memories

Brian Tabach

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Kathleen Bock

July 15, 2020

Barry Haglan

July 8, 2020

I knew Brian back in the day. He taught a songwriting class I was in (at Drake). I wrote one called "Sharon" about a mysterious woman who sat in the back of the room every time. Turns out she was B.'s girlfriend. I can still play that song. He was pretty laid back for a musician, and I'm glad he liked my stuff.

Kent Sovern

July 8, 2020

We just saw the news of Brian's passing and are sending you our condolences and wishes for peace of heart and mind to you during this time of grief. My spouse and I enjoyed hearing Brian perform during our dating time and she arranged for Brian to sing 'Time in a Bottle' for our wedding in the Drake U chapel for our wedding some 35 years ago. Warmest Regards, Kent Sovern

Barbara Spear

July 4, 2020

Brian spent many day's during his teenage years at my family's house. We lived just a block from Roosevelt High School, and a convenient after school stop. Brian loved my mom" Jewish cooking and she was happy to help see him thru those transition years. My favorite memory is Brian's version of Marty Robbins "I never felt more like Singing the Blues", forever embedded word for word in my mind, and how he whistled thru his teeth was a unique part. He loved singing to us girls and my friend Jan remembers him on her doorstep with his ukelele, jeans turned up, plaid shirt. good looks and adoring smile He really liked her! We will not forget you Brian.
Love, Your cuz Barbara

Mariynn Preston

July 3, 2020

I took this family photo of Barbara and Brian on Sydney's big birthday celebration on July 7, 2011. I was just getting to know the Tabach side of Barbara's family. It was a pleasure then. . .and still a great blessing in my life, to have spent time with Brian, Sydney, Gerry, Anne, Barney and Barbara, and get to know the wonderful family they are, and were, and ever will be. I always looked forward to being with Brian. He was fun, thoughtful, plenty smart and played well with others, when he wanted to. I greatly admired his enthusiasm for teaching kids and the decades he spent in a classroom. His sister Barbara is not here to write her own thoughts --she died June 11, 2019-- but I know how much she loved her brother, and always wanted him to be happy and healthy throughout his life. They were so different. . .and so alike: loving, generous, strong-willed, and kind human beings. It's clear from reading the other shared memories that Brian was loved by many, and in the end, that's what matters. My condolences to all the Tabach family and friends. Who knows? Maybe Brian's best songs will live on.

Kathleen Bock

July 2, 2020

Brian always took his mom out to eat when we visited her in New York. She wouldn’t go, unless he was wearing a tie and jacket. (Whoops! He took the tie off.) Wasn’t he so handsome?

Kathleen Bock

July 2, 2020

Kathleen Bock

July 2, 2020

Brian and I always had memorable adventures. The trips I treasure the most were those to New York to see his mother, Dorris. While there one time, I sneaked a picture of these two on her wall.... so adorable.

Jason Tabach

July 1, 2020

One of my earliest memories of Brian was at a nightclub where he was singing with his acoustic guitar. I was very young and just remember how good he was and how much he enjoyed singing. Brian was one of the kindest most gentle men I have ever known. It was alway such a pleasure to spend time with him when he visited Los Angeles.

It saddened me tremendously to hear of his passing.

I will always have the most wonderful memories of Brian and will carry him with me always as a shining example of a loving and thoughtful human being.

RIP Brian

Jason


Kathleen Bock

July 1, 2020

Here is Brian’s early childhood teddy bear.... so sweet, if only bears could share their sweet childhood memories. Brian asked me to keep his fuzzy little friend safe. I will Brian, and I will treasure him, too. Kisses...

FROM THE FAMILY