James Nick Tavernas

James Nick Tavernas

October 1, 1949- December 26, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we share the unexpected passing of Jim Tavernas.

Jim was born in Turlock, California on October 1, 1949 to Mino and Bessie Tavernas.

He is survived by wife, JoAnn, daughters, Natalie Rebensdorf (Dave) of Oceanside, CA,  Kristin Vilhauer (Craig) of Turlock, CA, mother Bessie Tavernas of Denair, CA, brother George Tavernas (Doris) of Denair CA, sister Janice Tavernas of Modesto, CA, and brother David Tavernas (Tricia) of San Francisco, CA;  five grandsons Zach, Cole, Luke, Grant and Ben. He attended Gratton School, as his father and own children did, and graduated from Hughson High.

He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and returned home to settle with his wife, JoAnn, in Denair, in a home not far from where he grew up.  He attended Modesto Junior College,  and opened a landscaping business, but ultimately decided to farm the family ranch with his father and brother. Jim was proud to serve his community and was a member of the Gratton School Board and then the Hughson High Board for almost 20 years. He also served as Denair Fire Commissioner for 20 years, and was part of the California Canning Peach Association. He enjoyed being with his large Greek family and life long friends.  He received the gift of life through organ donation in 2015 and with this gift was able to gain strength and watch his grandsons grow. Although the loss is devastating, he has made an unforgettable mark on his family, friends and all who knew him. He will be missed, but his spirit will be with us always.

Funeral arrangements have been made through Allen Mortuary in Turlock. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or the charity of your choice, in his honor.


  • Donna January 1, 2021 7:58 pm

    RIP Jim. You will never be forgotten. Our long time friend is now at peace. Until we all meet again. ❤️

  • Urbano & Veronica Cardenas January 2, 2021 5:13 am

    Our warmest condolences, we are deeply sorry for your loss. We are thankful to have known Jim for so many years and to have shared many memories with him. May he rest in peace.

  • Lorraine Bostrom January 2, 2021 5:13 pm

    My sympathy and prayers to Jims family! With Love from Lorraine Bostrom

  • Gloria Hernandez-Layland January 3, 2021 4:16 am

    Condolences to all his family , RIPJim peace be with all who loved him .
    Gone but never forgotten in our hearts till we meet again.

  • Curt & Judy Green January 3, 2021 4:18 am

    Our sympathy and prayers are with you JoAnn and family! He was a great guy and will always be remembered fondly! rRIP Jim!❤️

  • Eileen Caviglia January 3, 2021 4:27 am

    My sincere condolences to the Travernas family. May your memories of Jim bring peace and blessings to you in the difficult days ahead. Rest In Peace Jim

  • Kathy & Alan Smith January 5, 2021 5:29 am

    Our deepest sympathy to you JoAnn and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Cherish the wonderful memories as they bring you comfort and peace.

  • Tom & Lynette Bostrom January 24, 2021 4:47 pm

    Sweet JoAnn,
    We are so sorry to hear about Jim.
    We lost some wonderful people in 2020.

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