Fran A Tanner

October 8, 1933December 6, 2012

Fran Averett Tanner died peacefully Dec 6th, 2012 at her home in Twin Falls. She was born in 1933, the only daughter of Byron “Bud” Lamont Averett and Lois Fridonia Richards. She graduated from Twin Falls High School where she became an editor of the Bruin School Newspaper. She went to Idaho State College, now ISU, for her BA in Journalism and Drama and then went to the University of Washington, at Everett for a Master’s Degree. She won a Fulbright Scholarship to England and enjoyed her study and experience there. She married Marion Tanner in 1960 and mothered his 3 children. She had the opportunity to be on the faculty at the College of Southern Idaho when it began in 1965. She was interviewed for this job at the Rogerson Hotel by the first President, Dr. Taylor. The first classes were held at the Twin Falls High School. She enjoyed working with the many students who took her classes in speech and drama. For many years she directed students in school plays at the college, and she accompanied many students to speech and debate contests where her students enjoyed success. She attained a Doctorate Degree from BYU and wrote 7 books on speech and drama techniques during her teaching career. She was especially pleased when some of her books were accepted on the "Texas Authorized Book List". She loved to see the success of her students and their accomplishments. She is survived by 3 children, Dennis Tanner of Gresham, Oregon, Jackie Miller of Buhl, and Lynn Tanner of Twin Falls. She was preceded in death by her husband Marion in 1991, by her two aunts, Vernis Craig, Enid Cook, and an Uncle, Mark Richards of Twin Falls. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 11:00am at the LDS Chapel at 667 Harrison St. A viewing will be held Friday, December 14, from 6-8pm at White Mortuary “Chapel by the Park” and are under the direction of Lance Cox and staff.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 15, 2012
  • Visitation Friday, December 14, 2012

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Geri Omohundro

December 17, 2012

I was a student at CSI in 1973 when I was burned in a car accident. Imagine my surprise when Dr Tanner visited me at the hospital. I believe she was the Dean of Women at the time. I never forgot that someone important at the college cared enough about one of their students to visit them in a time of need, I never forgot Fran doing that for me.

Patrick Cunningham

December 15, 2012

Dr. Tanner was the single most influential educator in my life. She was an exceptional teacher, director and person. My sincere condolences to the family

Carol Bearup

December 15, 2012

Fran Tanner will be greatly missed. She was a wonderful instructor and our daughter was blessed to have her as a speech teacher. I also was blessed to get to know her in our CSI Faculty Wives & Women group. When illness prevented her from coming to the luncheons, I visited her at her condo. I was then able to meet her cute poodle too. I wish I had visited her more often. She was the epitome of a wonderful lady. She will be missed.

Connie Staley

December 14, 2012

Fran has been an important part of my life since she married my Uncle Marion. I have enjoyed the many times she came to Price with her students to compete against the College of Eastern Utah. I am so sorry I will be unable to attend the funeral but my love goes to each of my cousins, Dennis, Jackie and Lynn. Love you all.

December 14, 2012

My daughter had the privilege of having Fran for Speech while she was at CSI. I had the privilege of knowing Fran through CSI Faculty Wives & Women. When Fran was unable to come to the luncheons anymore, I visited her more than once at her condo and met her cute poodle too. Fran was such a gracious person & the epitome of what a lady is. I enjoyed my visits with her and just wish I had gone more. Although she had physical problems, she did not dwell on them and had more spirit and spunk than I would have under the same circumstances. May she rest in peace now. Carol Bearup

Herma Watson

December 14, 2012

I was so blessed to have known Fran in the short time I lived next door. I would visit with her several times a week. She was such a loving person. She will always have a place in my heart and I will always remember her.
My thoughts and prayers are with the

Pam Nielsen-Starry

December 14, 2012

Dr. Tanner will always be my mentor. My fondest memories revolve around working with her on the part of Emily Dickinson in "The Belle of Amherst" in both 1978 and 1996. Dr. Tanner was a class act and will be missed by thousands.

Frank Ellis

December 13, 2012

I was a colleague and friend of Fran Tanner for 12 years at CSI and at church. She was a class act and will be missed by all who knew her. My condolences to the family.

December 13, 2012

I was a colleague of Fran Tanner at CSI from 1969 until her retirement. She was a fine lady. I had many good conversations with her. I am so sorry for your loss.

JIm Gentry

Earl Davis

December 13, 2012

Dr. Tanner will always remain one of my most respected and admired professors. The impact her in class instruction and extracirricular activities involving the drama program had on my schooling and later experiences in life were immeasurable. I will always remember and cherish the knowledge and wisdom she shared with me.