Earl Tackman was born March 30, 1932 in Bay County, MI. His parents are Earl Clement Tackman Sr and Clara (Julia Weinberg Huskins), both of Bay County, MI. He was raised in the small farming town of Munger, also in Bay County, MI. After graduating from high school, Earl served in the Army during the Korean war and was stationed at Fort Carson, CO. Later he was deployed to Germany. He enjoyed Europe where he visited several parts of Germany, Switzerland and Italy. During his stays at Fort Carson and Germany he acquired a love for the mountains.
Earl was a productive mechanical engineer with General Motors at the Saginaw, MI, Nodular Iron Plant for 34 years. He had many achievements during his career with GM including, an improved transfer ladle for moving molten metal between processes. Earl conceived and designed the ladle. General Motors patented and implemented the ladle which improved both safety and productivity. On another occasion, Earl submitted a design for Chevrolet-styled book ends as part of a marketing campaign contest when the Nodular Iron Plant first opened. His design won the contest and he was awarded a 1965 corvette, all expenses paid, for a limited time. He sure loved cars. The book ends were widely distributed and all retiring employees received a pair as part of a GM parting gift.
He met his life-long love, Barbara Jean Burzyck, in 1955 at General Motors where they were both employed. They married in the fall of 1955 and had eight children who were all raised in Saginaw, MI. Earl pursued his love of the mountains with annual family vacations to Colorado. After retiring in 1987 he and Barb moved to Estes Park where they have lived for the past 27 years.
Earl was active in the great outdoors where he hiked, hunted, fished and played golf. Earl summitted Longs Peak with several of his children on at least three occasions. One of his life-long passions was the game of bridge. Earl traveled to tournaments throughout his life and earned the most highly sought after level of bridge achievement: Life Master. His mathematically inclined mind not only served him well in his engineering profession but, also in gaming. Earl enjoyed taking trips with friends and family to Central City and Las Vegas where he socialized and enjoyed, entertainment-level, responsible gambling. In connection with his gaming enjoyment, he also enjoyed writing computer programs that helped him prepare for gaming trips. Earl preferred writing his own programs over those readily available on the market. Earl worked hard and played hard. He enjoyed his life to the fullest and will be missed greatly by all who knew him.
Earl is survived by Barbara Tackman his wife of 58 yrs.; sons Gary (Teresa), Roger (Tammy), Lloyd (Jolene), Daniel (Kristen), Paul and predeceased Kevin (Ginger); and his two daughters Linda and Mary. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jayme, Nikki, Brandon, Joey, Malinda, Ashley, Christopher, Andi, Taylor, predeceased Stuart, Megan, Amber, Kyle, Calynn, Tedi and Barbara. He also has several great grandchildren. He is also survived by his five sisters, Joyce, Patricia, Dale, Lucille and Jeannie. He also has a brother Chuck and is predeceased by Bill.
Earl passed on January 2, 2014 after a long illness. Services were held at Carroll-Lewellen Funeral Home in Longmont on Sunday, January 5 2014 followed by his funeral at Our Lady of the Mountains in Estes Park on Monday,
January 6, 2014.