Duane John Tahran Sr.
September 11, 1940 – April 1, 2021
Duane John Tahran, Sr. passed away on April 1, 2021 in Lacey, Washington. He was born September 11, 1940 at St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington, the oldest child of John and Vivian Tahran. He spent his early years growing up on the family farm near Cleveland, North Dakota prior to moving back to Olympia with the family in May 1956 where he graduated from Olympia High School in 1958.
After graduation, he hired on with the Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington as a shop clerk and was soon accepted into the Machinist Apprenticeship. Over the years, he continued to advance his career by becoming a Numerical Control (NC) Programmer and learning Tool Design. These skills along with his great work ethic, allowed him to become a person in high demand for contract work all across the country. After spending a couple of years pursuing these opportunities, he returned to the Boeing Company in 1971, where he was a lead manager over both the NC Programming and Tool Design departments for the Fabrication Division in Auburn, Washington until he retired in June 1998.
When not working, he enjoyed plenty of hobbies. Being a bit of a jack of all trades, he would spend hours in his shop doing paint and body work, welding, rebuilding engines and cars, as well as carpentry, gardening, and working on and maintaining his home and property. He biggest joy was his Corvettes. He bought his first Corvette while working in Nashville, Tennessee in 1969.
Duane is survived by his partner of 34 years, Bobbie Schwein; his three children, Duane John Tahran, Jr. (Cheryl) of Olympia, WA., Blake Richard Tahran of Jacksonville, Fl., Denette Roxanne Tahran of Jacksonville, Fl., his brother Myron Tahran of Morton, WA.; sisters Linda Royal of Olympia, WA., Gloria Johnstone (John) of Chehalis, WA., LaVone Swanson (Terry) of Olympia, WA., four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Vivian Tahran.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that a donation be made in Duane's name for crohn's research.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Mills & Mills Memorial Park, 5725 Littlerock Rd. SW, Tumwater, WA.
- Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
Mills & Mills Memorial Park
Duane John Tahran Sr.
April 18, 2021
My first memory of Duane was in 1984 when he and Bobbie came to visit us in Michigan. They asked me to officiate a brief ceremony in our backyard where they proclaimed their forever love to each other. That informal start served them well for over 35 years. Over those years Duane filled the role of father, grandfather, and great-grandfather for our family. He was gentle man with a kind heart, a hard worker, and a good storyteller. Duane saw what was good in the world and with others but wasn’t hesitant to share an honest opinion that was aligned with his values. Duane was loved and will be sorely missed.
My deepest condolences to Bobbie and all of Duane’s family.
April 18, 2021
I'll always remember our family summer trips to Washington growing up, and our afternoons spent at Grandpa Duane & Grandma Bobbie's house. Grandpa would always be in his garage working on his cars or tinkering with something when we'd pull up in the driveway. Then he'd come out with a big smile to greet us and we'd spend the day picking blackberries & I'd watch him take my brother around the property on his motorcycles. He was extremely kind, patient, and so loving to our Grandma. You could really see how much love they had for each other. Once I got older and started studying engineering, we would talk about everything I was learning and he would tell me stories about his days at Boeing. I'll miss those talks & I'll miss you, Grandpa.
April 10, 2021
Growing up, almost every summer included a family road trip to Washington to visit aunts, uncles, grandmas and grandpas. A highlight of the trip I always looked forward to was visiting Grandpa Duane and Grandma Bobbie at their home in Olympia. Grandpa practically lived in his shop always working on some kind of mechanical, woodworking or garden project that always had a good story to go with it. I will never forget Grandpa teaching me how to ride motorcycles around his property, always making sure they were in perfect working order before we got to their house and fixing them when we “crashed and burned” into walls of blackberry bushes. He was a role model for all of his grandkids to look up to; hard working, reliable, patient and kind always making sure Grandma was taken care of.
Love and miss you,
April 10, 2021
There was nothing quite like summers at grandpa Duane’s house. Our days were full of motorcycle and lawnmower riding, blackberry picking with cousins, and lots of stories about cars. I’ll miss your sweet and quiet personality, raspy voice, and willingness to teach and help us grandkids. I’m so thankful for all the time we spent together and that my own kids got to have some of that same summer fun with you. I think of you every time I see a Corvette, and I’ve still only owned Chevys or GMCs. We love you and miss you grandpa Duane.
Diane and Okley Toulson
April 9, 2021
To Bobbie Schewin and family. We are so sorry to hear about Duane passing away. We sure have had some fun times together and he did love his corvette and when he meant Bobbie she had a little Red Corvette and that was a match made for sure and they have together ever since. Duane could fix anything and we loved it when they would come to visit us seemed like there was always something he could help Okley with lol. Duane loved you girls Cynitha, Tammy, Wendy and all the grandchildren. He was very proud of all of you.
Bobbie your brother loves you and sends his prayers to you all. God Bless you all. Love your brother Okley and Diane Toulson
April 6, 2021
we are so sad to hear about Duane....love and peace to his family and friends.....