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Sylvia Carrasco Tatum

Birth Date: April 18, 1928
Death Date: March 24, 2017

Sylvia Carrasco Tatum passed away March 24th at her home in San Diego surrounded by her family and loved ones.
She was 88.

Sylvia was born on April 18, 1928 in San Angelo, Texas. She was the oldest of four daughters of Santos and Guadalupe Carrasco.

The family moved from Texas to San Diego in 1942 and Sylvia graduated from San Diego High School in 1946.

She married Joseph Figueroa in 1948 and they had four children. The couple operated a flower shop in San Diego until Joseph’s death in 1965.

Sylvia then went to work for the City of San Diego and retired as an Executive Secretary after 31 years of service to the people of the city she loved.

She married William Tatum in 1968 and the couple spent many happy years in their home in the Clairemont area.

They were San Diego Charger season ticket holders for decades and Sylvia was an active member of the San Diego Charger Backers. Their pre-game cookouts in the stadium parking lot were legendary.

Following her retirement, Sylvia was a founding member, and first Treasurer, of the City of San Diego Employees Retirement Association, a non-profit organization created to advance the social and economic welfare of all retired City employees and their beneficiaries. Most recently she held the post of Emeritus Membership Chair.

She also donated many hours at the Calvary Ranch, a drug and alcohol recovery facility in Lakeside, where she helped people from all over the world gain victory over their addictions.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents, both of her husbands, three of their children — Richard (Sheri), David and Marta — and a grandson, Ricky Figueroa.
She is survived by her daughter, Elena (Marc) Dailey, of Vancouver, Washington.

She is also survived by her three sisters, Connie (Ernie) Merino of La Mesa, Marta Carrasco of La Jolla and Roby Mills of San Diego, along with 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Services are set for 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 8th at the Clairemont Mortuary, located at 4266 Mt. Abernathy Avenue in San Diego with a reception to follow at the family residence

In lieu of flowers…Donations can be sent to Calvary Ranch or Sharp Hospice.

Memorial Service
April 8, 2017
11:00 am
Clairemont Mortuary Chapel
4266 Mt. Abernathy AVe San Diego, CA 92117
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  1. Sylvia and I sat across from each other when we worked on the 9th floor of the City Administration Building. She, of course, was working for Terry Flynn. I was working for Sue Williams, the Personnel Director. We both were busy people, but we still had time for a good laugh. I can still hear her laugh. It alone would make me laugh. She was one of the happiest people I knew and always had a smile ready for everyone. I have been in Hemet, CA for about 12 years and during that time we still communicated. She was a really good friend to me and I will miss her greatly. I know without a doubt she and Terry are with the Lord and are at peace together sharing life stories.

  2. So sad to hear of Sylvia's passing. She was a classy lady whom I knew all the way back in the 1970s when she and Bill and a bunch of us City employees would drive down to Popotla trailer park in Baja for fun weekends of lobster, tequila and laughs. And I continued my friendship with Sylvia after we retired and I was secretary of the Retired Employees Association. She did so much for the Association as hard working treasurer for so many years. EVERYBODY knew and loved Syl. Rest in peace.
    Robert Cain

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