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John Edward Tatum

Posted 2022-09-15 by Pat R
Wickenburg Funeral Home & Crematory
Wickenburg, Arizona

John E. Tatum passed away peacefully after a long battle with advanced
stages of Parkinson's Disease on August 11, 2022. John was born February
16, 1941 in Fairfield, Illinois to Alma Lavelle Owen Tatum and T. H.
Tatum. John grew up in Heavener, Oklahoma and graduated from Heavener
High School in 1959. John was a gifted athlete and earned a full
scholarship to the University of Oklahoma where he played for the famous
football coach Bud Wilkinson as both center and middle-linebacker from
1959 to 1963. He graduated from O. U. majoring in Zoology and Pre-Med
classes. He earned his Masters Degree of Education from Central Oklahoma
University in Edmond, Oklahoma.

He taught biology and coached football and baseball for 7 years before
entering the insurance business with Farm Bureau Mutual in 2005. John is
survived by his wife Nancy Jean of Wickenburg, Arizona, 2 sons; John
Mark and Robert Loyd Tatum, step-daughter, Monica Bolin, step-son Sam
Steele Marshall, step-daughters: Penny Dee Marshall-Bigelow and Marilee
Marshall-Dose, 2 granddaughters; Kelsey Tatum Mason and Isabella Dianna
Tatum, 1 great-grandson Baker Owen Mason and 7 step-grandchildren:
Summerslee and Sterling Latham, Davis Bigelow and Daryan Marshall, Myla
Batchelder, Digby Rose Marshall and Dipper Steele Marshall and 2 nieces;
Pam Cox and Shirley James. John was preceded in death by both his mother
and father, his grandson, Jake Tatum and sister Peggy Lewellyn "Lou"
Gartner. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Dowden-Roberts
Funeral Home in Heavener, Oklahoma.

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