St. Tammany Councilman Richard Tanner dies

Chris Miller
July 02, 2020 - 4:12 pm
Richard Tanner

St. Tammany Parish Councilmember Richard Tanner has died, the parish announced today.

"Richard’s selfless service to the people of St. Tammany reached many pockets of our community," St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper said in a statement this afternoon. "From the children he taught and mentored, to the athletes he coached in little league sports, to the citizens he represented on the St. Tammany Parish Council, he truly devoted his life to service."

Tanner started out as a teacher at Covington High School in 1965. His education career eventually led to him serving as St. Tammany Parish Public Schools interim superintendent. He served for four years on the St. Tammany council in the 1970s, and was elected to the council again in 2012, and was just sworn in for a third term in January.

"On behalf of the entire Parish Council, I can say sincerely that Richard Tanner will be dearly missed," said St. Tammany Parish Council Chairman Mike Lorino. "He served in many roles over his lifetime and because he did, he had a positive and lasting influence on many lives. Our condolences are with his family at this difficult time.

No cause of death was disclosed, but the statement said Tanner died today after a brief illness. He was 78 years old.

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