Dennis F. Taverna

June 1, 1943 - March 24, 2024

Dennis F. Taverna

Dennis Taverna passed away peacefully on March 24, 2024. Dennis was a lifelong devoted Catholic, thus the family finds comfort that he passed away on Palm Sunday. Dennis was a member of the Knights of Columbus, served two terms as a Grand Knight, and was a fourth degree Knight. He also spent many years offering communion to people in the community at Mercy Hospital and as a Eucharistic minister with the Pastoral Ministry at St. John the Baptist in Folsom.

Dennis was born on June 1, 1943 in Sacramento to his loving parents, Oscar and Hilda Taverna. He is preceded by his parents, survived by his sister Sarah Wagerman, and her husband, Dale; his daughters Alexandra Taverna and Sara Jurrens and her husband Jason, grandchildren: Jackson, Sara and Luke Haney, and Grace and Anna Jurrens, as well as nephews Darren (Kim) and Gavin (Ry) Wagerman.

He was close to his Portuguese cousins and looked forward to family holidays and social events, always sharing deep laughter. Dennis was married to Carole Taverna for nearly 25 years with whom he raised his two daughters and traveled throughout Europe. He was married to Lynn Taverna for 15 years, much of that time spent traveling and enjoying their grandchildren. Dennis was a proud graduate of Christian Brothers High School and went on to graduate from Sacramento State University with a degree in business administration (accounting) and later a master’s degree in management.

Dennis had the rare experience of only having one job his whole life; an auditor for the Air Force for 33 years. His work took him across the United States and Europe, with memorable audits ranging from fighter jets to the curious case of a base cafeteria’s doughnut deficit. Dennis will undoubtedly be remembered most for his soft voice, gentle spirit and loving manner. He showed kindness through his support of several food banks and often purchased meals for the unhoused. Dennis made friends in any social event he participated in or shop that he entered. He was a devoted family man who showed up for all his daughters’ and grandchildren’s academic and sporting events, and these will be the moments we will truly miss him the most.

Memorial Mass

Friday, April 26, 2024
11:00 AM

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
307 Montrose Ave
Folsom, CA 95630