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Marin Independent Journal
Sunday, August 4, 2002

Dennis L. Tate
Born May 10, 1944 in Vallejo, California, Dennis crossed over peacefully surrounded by his devoted wife and family. Dennis and Janie were married on Valentine's Day in 1971. He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1972, which gave new meaning to the commitment "in sickness and in health". Dennis was a man of many talents who successfully found his true niche in life when he established his 21 year career as a State Farm insurance agent in 1967. In this he excelled as the multi-awarded professional in Marin County until the disease forced him into retirement in 1988. He was an avid water skier and proud owner of "Tate's Titanic", the ski boat he built. Dennis was also a hang glider for several years. His favorite story of that adventure was the time he flew side by side with a bald eagle off Hull Mountain near Lake Pillsbury in Lake County...."the ultimate hang gliding experience". Beloved husband of Janice, father of Trina, Kaylene, and Marcella, Dennis is survived by his father Willard of Vacaville, brother Randall of Fairfield, and brother Alan of Middletown. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews. Dennis was predeceased by his mother Nina, sister Rita, and brother Michael. A private celebration of Dennis' life was held at his home in Ignacio on July 13, 2002. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Northern California Chapter, 150 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612.

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