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Fleetwood Rep Jim Tachias Dies at 58

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Jim Tachias, age 58, of Longview, Texas, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, Aug. 10, after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. He passed from this world to the arms of his Savior with his loving wife, Raina at his side.

Tachias was born on Sept. 3, 1960 at Baylor Hospital, Dallas, Texas, to Frances and James Tachias. He graduated from J.J. Pearce High School in 1978 and from Baylor University in 1982 with a bachelor of business administration degree.

Tachias moved to Longview in 1985 with Fleetwood Travel Trailers of Texas as national sales manager. In 2009, he became a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors. Throughout his career, he was engaged in the Longview community. He was a tireless volunteer serving on several boards of directors, including over the years, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, The Great Texas Balloon Race, Greater Longview United Way and LeTourneau University Presidents Council.

Similarly, he served on many advisory boards such as Longview Habitat for Humanity, Longview Community Ministries, T-Bone Walker Blues Festival, Junior Achievement of East Texas and One Hundred Acres of Heritage – Longview Main Street. He was a Rotarian and belonged to the Longview Greggton Club and later, the Rotary Club of Longview along with his wife Raina. He was the Locals Love Us – Financial Advisor choice for 2014 to 2019. He was a member of the Longview Chamber of Commerce and a supporter of Longview PAWS.

Jim Tachias was a Christian and a member of Mobberly Baptist Church. Being a well-rounded and adventurous man, he played college football at Baylor, raced speed boats and was a rodeo cowboy for a time. He always looked forward to hunting trips with his dad for the opening of dove season for his birthday.

Tachias was preceded in death by his parents, Frances Smith Tachias and James Stephen Tachias. He is survived by wife Raina and daughter Isabelle, sister Kathy Tachias and brother-in-law Ed Madison of San Francisco, cousins Marsha Wallace Lawson, Doug Wallace, Mark Wallace and Cyndi Plourde and his beloved and constant companions the Maltese Sophie and Maci Tachias.

Tachias will be remembered well as a man who treated everyone he knew as a close and valued friend. He loved people and never met a stranger. He did kind and generous things for many people in a most natural and automatic way. He had a servant’s heart that was always looking for a way to help. He was the first to offer an encouraging word. Tachias was always true to his alma mater, Baylor.

He will also be remembered as a man who found true love later in life. His friends marveled at the happiness he found in a ready-made family with Raina and Isabelle. It was a grand love.

Raina and Isabelle would like to acknowledge and give thanks for the excellent care Tachias received at CHRISTUS Good Shepherd and at Texas Oncology during his illness.

The family will welcome friends Friday, August 16th from 5:00-7:00pm at Rader Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of Jim’s favorite causes. Many are listed above.

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