Merkley-Mitchell Mortuary

3655 5th Ave, San Diego, CA



August 29, 1956March 18, 2020

Tara BACH-RICHARDS was born on August 29, 1956 and passed away on March 18, 2020.


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Dudley Gaouette

March 30, 2020

The world burns less bright with the loss of Tara. To be in the company of Tara and John was time to be cherished. Their love for each other and life was something to behold. Her beauty, creativity, passion, humor and loving soul was truly unique. I miss you Tara.

Marianne Cornetti

March 27, 2020

I am so heartbroken by the passing of Tara. She was one of THE MOST SPECIAL persons with San Diego Opera. I got to know Tara through the costume shop when I started singing with SDO in 2002. She always was so professional and LOVED her work with SDO’s costume shop. She always made me feel so comfortable and did everything she could possibly do to make the costume as beautiful as possible! I loved the ladies and Tara in the costume shop and I became friends with several of them, but especially Tara. One of the most fun evenings I remember was when some of us went out for fish tacos and ended up going to watch John play a softball game, because Tara had a big crush on John. It was soooo cold, but we were determined to stay for that game because Tara was crushing on John! He was sooo cute, she always said. It was a memory we always talked about when I saw Tara and John and some of the great friends at SDO. I will miss her laugh and joie de vivre for life. My heart aches for John and her mom and sister. May you Rest In Peace dear friend. Heaven gained a BEAUTIFUL BRIGHT ANGEL.

Shantel Petersen

March 27, 2020

Tara is a wonderful, bright, intelligent woman. And also an incredible Angel. With many with memories of her. I will go on knowing she is always in my heart and by my side. I would like to take the moment to thank her for all the advice and love she has gave me through my teens which everyone knows there the roughest. So thank you so much Tara for everything. Also "Live Like Where Dying" ft. Tim McGraw. I love you forever, Shantel