Mark Tanner

Profile Updated: January 15, 2022
Class of 1972
Residing In: Incline Village, NV USA
Spouse/Partner: Ann
Children, Grandchildren: Stewart, works in San Francisco, his wife a Vet, 2 daughters 1 son. Emily, lives in Palo Alto and works More…for Google. Eric, President of Medical Services company, Frisco, TX. His wife is an MD, 2 daughters and a son. Stephen, Assistant City Manager in Plano, Texas. Married, with 1 son, 1 daughter. David, married, lives in Carlsbad, 1 daughter, 1 son, works in health care.
Occupation title: Retired but trying to remain busy and do good in the world.
Occupation/Career(s) Details:

COO - AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination - Non Profit)
CFO Pepsi International
CFO 2002 Olympics
Head of Strategy for Pepsi Cola
Head of Strategy for Pizza Hut

Stanford BA 1976 (Economics)
UCLA MBA 1979 (Finance & Accounting)

Met Ann in 1972 at Stanford, while serving food together in the cafeteria.

Lived in Bolivia for 2 years (as a missionary).

Married Ann in 1978, 42 years together! Yea!

Moved around a lot, - - lived in Honduras, Florida, Connecticut, Michigan, Kansas, Connecticut, California (Carlsbad), and Tahoe (Incline Village, Nevada)

Had a horrendous accident in December 1999. Was hit by a car going 55+mph as an "unwilling" pedestrian on I-15. Was in surgery for 9 hours. Very fortunate and blessed to be alive.

After 20+ years of major endeavors in the Corporate world; 10 years with United Technologies; 10 with PepsiCo. Also for 7 years I was Chief Operating Officer for AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) a San Diego-based non-profit. We assisted children who were the first in their families to go to college. (see We trained over 20,000 educators each year. It was a wonderful cause to be associated with.

Very happy to live next to the ocean, in Carlsbad, CA and in the mountains at Lake Tahoe, (Incline Village, NV). At different times, both Ann and I served on the Carlsbad School Board. 8 years for me. 4 for Ann.
Currently living in Frankfurt, Germany, providing volunteer services to those in need throughout Europe.

I very much enjoy being alive. I realize that hard things happen to everyone. Some challenges are visible to the world, others are dealt with privately.

Here is the best advice I have ever been given:

Life is good.
Let it go.
Choose to be happy.

Different places I have lived:

Palo Alto (Stanford), CA
La Ceiba, Honduras
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Avon, CT
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Wichita, KS
New Canaan, CT
Salt Lake City, UT
Carlsbad, CA
Incline Village, NV
Frankfurt, Germany

Family history living in South Pasadena:

My parents moved to South Pas in 1952 and stayed for 30 years. We lived at 1015 Fremont Ave. next to the Post Office and at the top of the hill on the corner of Fremont and Buena Vista, - 1133 Buena Vista Street.

All of my 12 siblings graduated from South Pasadena High School - probably a record of sorts.

Elementary school and junior high/middle school(s) that I attended.

El Centro Elementary
South Pas Jr High

Family members who also went to SPHS:


Probably more than you!

12 Brothers & Sisters are SPHS grads!

Bobbe, Athelia, Terri, Tres, John, Richard, Claralyn, Kaye, Daken, Scott, Janet, Bryan

Other SPHS graduates I keep in touch with:

Ross Palfreyman married my sister, Claralyn

School Memories:

There were many experiences and people from South Pasadena that have made a good and meaningful difference in my life.

I enjoyed learning; drama productions; sports and most of all being with other people.

I appreciate the many, many, fine people I had the opportunity of associating with while living in South Pasadena, classmates at SPHS; teachers; coaches and parents who did so much to enrich my life.

Thanks to all! My life is better because of you.

Pastimes & Hobbies:

Bike riding, body surfing, senior slow-pitch softball, traveling, learning foreign languages - Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Chinese, German.

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Jun 08, 2021 at 7:23 AM

Kim was a good person.  I remember completing against him in Little League baseball.  He was the sidearm pitcher that intimidated a lot of players.  

Always very kind to everyone.  

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Jul 02, 2019 at 5:33 PM

Mr. Hartsough was a wonderful school counselor and a great and caring person.  He always seem to have tme for me whenever I needed to counsel with him about college.  All of my older siblings had attended BYU, and I did not want to follow them there.  For 17 years, I had always had teachers that had already taught them.  

Mr. Harsough and I worked out a plan to apply to Stanford, Harvard and Berkeley.  I decided to attend Stanford which was a perfect place for me (and I met my wife Ann, who grew up in La Canada there).  So many years later I still remember Mr. Hartsough with fondness and gratitude.  

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Mark & Ann Tanner Family, July 2009