Herbert Gale Tavenner died on September 24, 2021 at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.
Born November 5, 1928, in Dixon, Illinois, to Albion Tavenner and Mildred Gale, Herb graduated from Woodstock Community High School in Woodstock, Illinois, in 1946 and Illinois Wesleyan University in 1950 with a degree in Sociology. In 1950, Herb pursued his passion for teaching and Latin America as a missionary in Chile, South America, where he stayed until 1953. In that same year, he married his first wife, Ann Casner, and together had five children. Ann passed away from cancer in 1978.
Herb returned to his studies and graduated from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, with a Master of Divinity degree in 1956, and from Northwestern University in 1961 with an M.A. degree in New Testament Interpretation. In 1957, Herb served as an instructor at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Matanzas, Cuba. In 1958, he moved to Alajuela, Costa Rica, to continue his teaching and began his pastoral work at the Methodist Theological Seminary. In 1962, he took a one-year furlough to study at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, then returned to Costa Rica, to serve as pastor at El Redentor Methodist Church in San Jose. In 1968, he moved his family to Dallas, Texas, where he did post-graduate study at the Perkins School of Theology for a year.
In 1969, he began his many years of pastoral service in the Northwest Texas Conference by becoming the associate pastor at St. John's United Methodist Church in Lubbock, Texas. Subsequently, he pastored United Methodist churches in Idalou, Slaton, Amarillo, and Panhandle. In 1985, he returned to Lubbock where he served as pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church until his retirement in 1994. In 1989, he married D'Aun Brown, a member of Asbury UMC, who remained his loving wife until her death in 2019. Together they created a rich life of volunteering, travel, and service to their community.
Herb and D'Aun volunteered weekly with Meals on Wheels of Lubbock for 21 years, and also volunteered for South Plains Food Bank Voucher Program through St. John's United Methodist Church. He was a long-time Lions' Club member, support worker for Contact Lubbock, night chaplain at Methodist Hospital, and a counselor at Camp New Dawn. He enjoyed Texas Tech Red Raider sports, golfing, and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.
Herb is survived by his five children, Mark Tavenner of Boston, David Tavenner of Boston, John Tavenner of Rome, Italy, Sharon Tavenner Brown of Dallas, and Paul Tavenner of Los Angeles; his 2 step-children Lex Brown and Shelley Green; his six grandchildren, Erik Tavenner-Acosta, Karen Tavenner Acosta, Alexander Tavenner Leiva, Andrea Tavenner Leiva, Eric Flemons, and Jenna Flemons.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made Lubbock Meals on Wheels, South Plains Food Bank, or Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.
A memorial service will be held service will be at 2:00pm on Tuesday at St. John's UMC.
Herb was our preacher at Idalou Methodist Church. Whenever a new preacher came to town, uncle Virgil Isom would take him shopping for a new suit. He was so appreciative of his new suit and wore it to several church functions, weddings, funerals when a church member, while shaking his hand, told him it might be time to remove his price tag & suit description off the cuff. We truly adorned Herb. He was so "down to earth" and good hearted. He performed weddings and funerals for the Isom family and always gave that personal touch. His family were very special to us all. Our prayers are with you. He will be missed. A crown is waiting for a very loving, patient and kind man. Jan & Larry Isom
Lisa Gilliland Lubbock, TX
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Herb was such a kind and generous man. We all enjoyed getting to know him while he and D'Aun volunteered at Lubbock Meals on Wheels. He was always happy and truly cared about those he delivered meals to on his route. He truly lived a life of service. We wish his family peace and comfort during this difficult time. - Lubbock Meals on Wheels
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