Arnaudville - A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Friday, January 21, 2022, at St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church in Arnaudville for Donald Dean Tacker, 77, who passed away on Monday, January 17, 2022.
The family requests that visiting hours be observed at the funeral home in Arnaudville from 3:00 pm on Thursday and continue until 10:30 am on Friday.
A rosary will be prayed at 6:00 pm on Thursday.
Rev. Travis Abadie will officiate at the Funeral Mass. Readers will be Bonnie Bergeron and Sharon A. Tacker. Gift Bearers will be Shannon T. Boudreaux, Kayla L. Venado, Maci V. Lagrange, and Sarah A. Tacker.
Entombment will follow at St. John Francis Regis Mausoleum (Garden) in Arnaudville.
Donald was born on May 10, 1944, and was raised in Wynne, AR. He left school at an early age so he could get a job. He started bagging groceries at a local market where he met and befriended the Bergeron brothers who then introduced him to the love of his life, Betty. Donald and Betty were married at St. Peter's Church in Wynne, AR on June 30, 1962.
In 1977, they returned to Betty's hometown of Arnaudville where they purchased a home and raised their family. He was employed by Russell's Food Center for 18 years. After leaving Russell's, he was employed by the Town of Arnaudville until his retirement.
After retiring, Donald occupied his days by painting houses with his twin brother, Ronald, vehicle upholstery work with his brother in-law, Robert, trips to the casino, watching football and always rooting for his Arkansas Razorbacks, and attending family gatherings where he was always ready to tell a new story or joke. His favorite meals were biscuits and gravy, bologna sandwiches, banana pudding, and he always had to have a cookie after every meal.
Donald was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and friend. He had a heart of gold and will be deeply missed by all. In his famous words, "Good Goobly Goop!"
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Betty Joyce Tacker; children, Michael J. Tacker (Sharon), Donna T. Velasquez (Evelio) and Mark A. Tacker (Mandy); grandchildren, Shannon T. Boudreaux (Darryl), Kayla L. Venado (Daniel), Spencer J. Tacker (Rebecca), Stephan D. Tacker, Maci V. Lagrange (Christian), Sarah A. Tacker (Sadie) and Christian G. Velasquez; great grandchildren, Gianna B. Lagrange and Ella K. Guidroz; half-sister, Alida T. Hanna; brothers in-law, Robert L. Bergeron (Bonnie) and Edward J. Bergeron (Lois); sister in-laws, Ella Mae Dugas and Elsie Christine Bergeron; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Cobb Chambers; stepfather, Roy J. Chambers; brother, Robert "Bobby" Tacker; twin brother, Ronald E. Tacker; stepbrothers, Bill Chambers and Jimmy D. Chambers, Sr.; in-laws, Remi and Beatrice B. Bergeron; brother and sisters-in-law, Webster J. and Aline Bergeron, Chester Bergeron, Annabelle and Lloyd Stelly, Leroy Dugas, Earl and Joyce Bergeron, and Roy Bergeron.
Pallbearers will be Michael J. Tacker, Mark A. Tacker, Spencer J. Tacker, Stephan D. Tacker, Darryl W. Boudreaux, and Brian Gotch.
Honorary pallbearers will be Edward J. Bergeron and Robert Bergeron.
Pellerin Funeral Home of Arnaudville, 314 St. Landry St., Arnaudville, LA 70512, (337-332-2111) is in charge of arrangements.