(Diamond Bar, CA – August 4, 2017) We are deeply saddened by the loss of longtime resident and former Mayor and Councilman Jack Tanaka, who passed away this past Thursday morning after an extended illness.
"Jack was a man of great courage and dignity.” stated Mayor Jimmy Lin. “His selfless devotion to his community and passion for giving back and helping others was unmatched and he will be missed tremendously. Our sincerest condolences go out to his wife Wanda and the Tanaka family.”
Mr. Tanaka was first elected to the Diamond Bar City Council in June 2005, serving as Mayor in 2008 and again in 2013 before retiring in December 2015. Prior, he was a member of the City’s Planning Commission for three years, serving as vice chairman in 2004.
During his time in office, he was an advocate for programs and policies that fostered community pride and improved the quality of life for everyone who called Diamond Bar home. He played a key role in several significant projects, such as the opening of a new larger, state of the art library facility and establishment of permanent City Hall offices.
Mr. Tanaka’s commitment to service was first and foremost his passion. As a 30-year member of the Lions Club International and a six-time president of the local Diamond Bar chapter of the Breakfast Lions Club, he was instrumental in establishing the Lions youth leadership program, Leo Club, at both Chaparral Middle School and Diamond Bar High. Both he and Mrs. Tanaka served as advisors and mentors to hundreds of Leos throughout the years. In July 2012, they were both recognized with the prestigious Lions International Lion of the Year award - the highest honor the organization gives its members for dedicated humanitarian service.
He was also an active supporter of countless other community organizations, including the Inland Valley Humane Society, Miss Diamond Bar Pageant, Diamond Bar Relay for Life, Boy Scouts, Diamond Bar Senior Club, and lifetime member of the Diamond Bar Friends of the Library.
Mr. Tanaka retired as a Master Sergeant after serving 23 years in the 349th General Hospital Unit of the United States Army Reserves where he spent six years as the Hospital Company First Sergeant responsible for 500 enlisted soldiers. He also spent 30 years working as a Peace Officer for the California Youth Authority and State Department of Corrections, supervising and managing parole agents and staff.
Service information will be made available as received.