Theodore R. Tabarango

Mar 3, 1945 - Sep 30, 2021


Theodore Reyes Tabarango, age 76, of Sacramento, CA, passed away peacefully in his home on September 30th, 2021. He was born in Waihua, Oahu on March 3rd, 1945 to the late Steven and Rosa Tabarango. As a young boy he moved to California where his family laid roots in North Highlands, CA. Ted graduated from Highlands High school and went on to receive his BA from Sacramento State University in Business in Accounting. Ted joined the United States Air Force and retired as a SMSGT/E8 after 20 years of service. While serving in the military Ted started his career with the State of California in 1975. In April of 2008, after 33 years of service with the Department of Food and Agriculture, he retired as a General Auditor III.
Ted was very active in his community and was a prominent member of SMOA, where he was an official for all school sporting events in the Sacramento area. He was a member of the Veterans Society of the forty men and eight horses where he served as a chef de gard and as president. He was also a member of the American Legion-Magellan Hall.
Ted became a member of the Provident Three Pillars Lodge No. 609 of Free and Accepted Masons of Sacramento where he was honored with the Hiram Award in 2014.
On April 17th, 2021 Ted and his wife Lupe celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with his family.
Ted was a loving husband, father, grandfather, cousin, uncle, brother and friend. He will be deeply missed, and we will forever cherish our memories of him.
He is survived by his wife Lupe Tabarango and his children; Stephanie Morales (Leo Morales), Michelle Hintz (Lyle Hintz), Melissa Thompson (Scott Thompson) and Shannon Reyes (Kem Reyes) and his grandchildren; Julia, Alex, Ethan, Emma and Eliana.
He is preceded in death by his father Steven, his mother Rosa, his brothers Fred and Ben Tabarango.
Services will be held on Sunday October 17th at 10 am at East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park. Ted will be given military honors, so we ask for prompt attendance. Immediately following the services, we will continue to the Sacramento Masonic Temple for Mason’s ceremony honors. Please join us for a lunch reception to follow in the Ballroom of the Sacramento Masonic Temple.
Ted will be laid to rest on Tuesday October 19th at 1:00 pm at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA.
East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park
9189 E Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95624

Sacramento Masonic Temple
1123 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
5810 Midway Rd, Dixon, CA 95620


  • Pali Ane says:

    Aloha oe Papa Ted. You will be greatly missed. Mahalo for always making me feel like one of your girls. Sending my love and aloha to Mama Lupe, love you mama, Ki`ihua (Kem), Ki`ikapu (DAn), Kailiwai (Scott), Stephanie (Leo), and all the grand kids.

  • Cyndi and Bobby Ayonon says:

    Till we meet again..,farewell cousin Teddy from your loving ohana on Kaua’i–Bobby and Cyndi Ayonon. We were touched by you and your kind caring demeanor when you visited us at our home in Kaua’i and will always remember you! Love ❤️ to Lupe and your family!

  • Kahilu & Robert Saria says:

    Rest in God’s love, Uncle. Your accomplishments and love for your family are inspirational.

    Ki’i, Mama Lupe, and family, may you find comfort and strength in the love that surrounds you.

  • Cheryle Kapalili Mclaughlin says:

    Our loving wishes for you to rest in peace uncle.

    Mama Lupe, Ki’i and family our heartfelt condolences. Much ❤ nt Cheryle & Brooks McLaughlin

  • Juni Kalahikiola Lovel says:

    Papa Ted, I love you and I will miss you so much. I will always remember what an honor it was to have my photo in your wallet with the beautiful Tabarango sisters…that made me feel special. Mahalo for being a part of our family Papa. Sending love and prayers from me, Matt and our halau.

    Mama Lupe, Ki`ihua, Ki`ikapu, Ka`iliwai and Stephanie. I love you and we are here if you need anything.

  • Christina Wheelock says:

    As a kid, I knew uncle was always busy but didn’t know what he was doing. As a kid I didn’t think much of it because I was also busy hanging with his girls. As an adult and hearing all that he was involved with is inspiring… He has left a wonderful legacy that honors his friends and family. Rest in peace Uncle
    ❤ Christina

  • Dina Maoli Ludden says:

    Rest in love Papa Ted. I can recall the last time I saw you. Always so much aloha for everyone.

    Mama Lupe, Ki’i, Ka’iliwai, and Stephanie, sending love and prayers from me Charlie, and James. We are here if you need anything. So much love for your ohana.

  • Pam says:

    Uncle always will be in my heart and forever loved and missed. Tell Grandma Rosa and my dad hello. Rest In Peace uncle, no more sickness! I love you, Pamela

  • Karen Yost says:

    Sending love and hugs to the Tabarango Crew ❤

    Love always Cousin Angie and Karen

  • Kanoe Sadao says:

    Thinking of you Ki’i, Michelle, Mama Lupe and all of uncle Ted’s ohana during this very sad time. Much love to you all. Kanoe, Lo, and Sean Sadao

  • Joan Pederson says:

    Ted and Lupe were my kids second set of parents. They loved Rebecca and Eric as their own. Ted was thrilled that after his own 4 daughters and then Rebecca, Eric came along. Ted always referred to Eric as “my son”. The Tabarangos are a wonderful family and I am so grateful they have been a part of mine. Thank you Ted and we will miss you. Love to everyone and our deepest sympathies.

  • Scott Tabarango says:

    God Bless you Uncle Ted. Forever Rest In Peace. Amen

  • Kawai says:

    Tabarango Ohana,
    My deepest condolences. May his memory and legacy live on through you all. A hui hou Uncle, May the next life be the best life- happy and pain free ; I hope to meet you again up there.
    Love and Aloha,
    Kawaimāpuna (Rachel Castillo & Ohana)

  • Gina says:

    Sending my condolences and prayers to all. God comfort their hearts and soul with all the loving memories of Uncle. Hugs to Nt and Ohana. We will miss and always remember Uncle and all that he accomplished and gave so freely to us all. Rest in Heavely love. 📿🙏💜😘

  • daniel ruiz says:

    Well My Brother-in -Law Ted you made it to Heaven I will never forget the good times we had when I was just a little boy you take care love you all ways God be with you and your Family .

  • Gloryjean Allen says:

    My deepest condolence to Tabarango family. Rest In Peace Ted. Thank you for always having a friendly wave when we crossed path. You will be missed. 💜🙏🏾✝️

  • Mary Candela says:

    My condolences to Ted’s family, my brother and I went to school with the Tabarango’s we knew them all these years and enjoyed their company, may he Rest In Peace 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Kamea Boscia says:

    Papa Ted, you will be missed so much and mahalo to you and Mama Lupe for all the swimming parties and 4th of July celebrations we enjoyed at your hale. I will miss your hugs (and thank you for not shaking my hand like you did the boys …) may you rest in the peace and aloha of Ke Akua, always.

  • Patty says:

    Deepest condolences to The Tabarango Family. Prayers & hugs to all of you during this difficult time. 🙏🏼
    Ki’i let me know if you need anything.
    Patty Gentile & Family

  • Mary E Peek says:

    God bless you all and many condolences to the family. Ted lived a good and blessed life leave many with wonderful memories. Love and prayers to Lupe and the girls. 💜🙏💐

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