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Jon R. Tate Obituary


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“Joann, I was so sorry to hear about Mr. Tate (since that's what I always called him). I pray God continues to help you as your heart and mind ache...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Jana - Freeport, TX

“Joanne, thank you for publishing in the Llano News. I am saddened, of course. Yet, I count blessings for having known and worked with Jon, you and...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Ma'Joyce Rivers Swope - Llano, TX

“JoAnn, John was very special to me as well to many people. He came by to visit me in Big Lake several years ago. John was a true Christian and...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Norman Guess - Big Lake, TX

“Joann, I was so sorry to read of Jon's death. I remember your family as such helpful, kind encouragers. I know that through each trial you have...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Carolyn Wilhelm Crouch - Sweeny, TX

“Joann, Those we hold most dear never truly leave us...they live on in the love they brought into our lives. You are in our thoughts and prayers at...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Ray & Nicki George - Sweeny, TX

“Dear Mrs. Tate, I'm sorry to hear of your loss. For the short time your family was here, Mr. Tate, yourself and Jon left a big impression on...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Lisa Boazman Cooper - Brazoria, TX

“Joann, My deepest sympathy and condolences in the loss of your love. I remember stories you shared with us about Jon. Please know that I am...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Janice Giddings - Austin, TX

“I remember Jon: Jon & Joann were two of the Best friends that Gaston & myself ever had. When Jon was coach at Clyde, Gaston scouted other teams for...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Mary (Mert) Swofford - Clyde, TX

“Let me offer my condolences from the Kincaid family of Eastland,Texas. There were 5 Kincaid children who attended Eastland Schools from the 1950's...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Kathy Kincaid Nobles - TX

“Jon Raine was one of our school heroes. He graduated from college the year I graduated from high school in Crystal City, but I knew who he was when...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Sherry Harp Hiller - Hunt, TX

“Jon Tate as a teacher and coach at Clyde was an influence on my life. I can still hear his words of discipline and encouragement today. I never had a...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: John Nance - Rowlett, TX

“I met Jon playing golf and enjoyed knowing him for many reasons after that. His education passion was always apparent...and his contributions in that...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Glenn Befort - georgetown, TX

“Our prayers of comfort and healing are with you in this time of loss.May God continue to richly bless you..... Stormy and Jody Jones Gerry and...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Stormy Jones - Friends

“It has sadden me to learn of Jon's death. He was a truly gentle man and a great friend to me. He and I were partners in many golf tournaments. I...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Wayne Hodges - Georgetown, TX

“Jon/ Coach Tate, was a great coach and man of principal, he taught a group of young me to have the heart of a Lion. He was very instrumental in...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: John McCluskey - dallas, TX

“What I remember about Johnny is when he came into a room everyone knew because of the laughter that came with him. It was like a burst of sunshine....Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Mason raine - Ft worth, TX

“Jon was a great leader in education who understood the educators that worked with him. He had a way of bringing out the best in all of them. He was...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Bill Alexander - Bullard, TX

“Jon was a great leader in education who understood the educators that worked with him. He had a way of bringing out the best in all of them. He was...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Bill Alexander - Bullard, TX

“Coach Tate was my friend, teacher, and coach. I am so thankful I got to visit with him and Joann, in Fort Worth, a few years back. I will miss him. ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: Rick Dennis - Granbury

“Jon Tate and family lived just across the street from us in Clyde, Texas. He was our head football coach. He and his family were respected and...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Sharon Steen Rice

“My prayers are with JoAnn and Jon's family during this time. Jon was a great coach and a better man. He will be missed by all of his friends,former...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Tom Durham - Clyde, TX


Jon Raine Tate, a retired educator and servant leader, who dedicated his life to his family and profession and shared his kindness with students, friends, coworkers and greater community alike, left us on April 1, 2014 in Georgetown, Texas. His presence was a gift to all of us and his departure a reminder to all who met him of the beauty of a gracious man, a man of wisdom and a true Texan.

During his lifetime, he held the fondest of memories as a deacon, teacher, coach, principal, superintendent, Associate Director of Texas Association of Community Schools (TACS), Field Service Director for the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) and a Board Member for Education Service Center, Region 13. And now, it is us who take time to reflect on all that he was and meant to each of us.

Born in Houston, Texas, at Hermann Hospital on August 26, 1934 to Robert Clyde (Cy) and Imogen Raine Tate, Jon attended his entire elementary and high school years in Crystal City, Texas; thereafter, attending the University of Texas and subsequently receiving a football and baseball scholarship to Sul Ross University, graduating with a Bachelor's of Science degree in 1956, followed by a Master of Education degree from Abilene Christian University.

For 3 years, Eastland, Texas was his home where he not only taught and coached football, but where he met the love of his life (and she hers), Joann Durham Tate, his wife of 54 years. Thereafter, they moved to Clyde, Texas where Jon so enjoyed a wonderful time in his life as head football coach. He always had a fond place in his heart for Clyde students and all the people who came into his life.

Jon became high school principal in Albany, then Superintendent in: Baird for 3 years, Hale Center for 3 years, Sweeny for 6 years, and Llano for 4 years. While in Round Rock for 10 years, he worked as Associate Director, TACS and Field Service Director, TASB. In each of his communities, Jon served as a deacon and/or sang in the church choir.

Jon's professional affiliations (TACS, TASA, TASB and TSTA- Texas State Teachers Association) and the Lion's Club came with recognitions of his accomplishments (that he humbly accepted), to include but not limited to: Citizen of the Year, Hale Center and Public Relations award from Education Service Center, Region 4, Houston.

He and Joann retired together in Georgetown as members of the First Baptist Church. As we might have suspected, one of the ministers described Jon as "one of a few true gentlemen in this world". With that we all agree.

Jon is preceded in death by his children: Jonny and his two premature daughters, Gena Allene and Nanci Dee; parents, Cy and Imogen Tate; uncles and aunts: Randolph and Edith Raine and Macon and Dottie Raine; brother, Bob Cy and sister-in-law Bee Tate; and friends: Carol Williams and Kenneth Welsch.

Jon will always be remembered by his many friends and those who survive him: loving wife, Joann Durham Tate; brother, Larry and his wife Becky; nieces: Shelly Holt, Karen Crandall, Julia Lawrence, Stefanie Janicek, Susie Guven, and Shannon Tankersley; and nephews: Jeff, David and Mike Tate, Mark Crandall, and Charlie Wolford.

Honored to serve as pallbearers include: Bruce Williams, Carroll Tatom, Mike Rains, Wayne Berryman, Clyde Greer, Dean Andrews, Gary Clark and Paul Curtis. Honorary pallbearers include: Malcolm Atwood, Tom Jarboe, Michelle DeAtley, Tavish DeAtley and Tavia DeAtley.

A time of visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014 in the Chapel of Ramsey Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 a.m., following the time of visitation, at Ramsey Funeral Home. Interment will be held following the service at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery, next to his 3 beautiful children, 2800 Hancock Drive, Austin, Texas 78731.

Memorials may be made in Jon's honor to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).

You may share a message or memory in the memorial guestbook at www.RamseyFuneral.com.

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