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Col. David Michael Tanksley

Obituary for Col. David Michael Tanksley

June 29, 1947 - August 20, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 71


Colonel (Retired) David "Mike" Tanksley of San Antonio, Texas passed away on August 20 at the age of 71. Colonel Tanksley was born in Atlanta, GA in 1947 to Carl and Sue Tanksley and grew up in Chatsworth, GA. He was a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who loved his family, his country, hunting with his dogs, sport shooting, and getting the family together. An avid reader, he always encouraged us to study and understand history throughout the world.
Colonel Tanksley was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1969 and served his nation for twenty-six years as an Army Officer. He worked on Air Land Battle Task Force in the early 1980's, was selected for the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies, commanded a battalion at Fort Hood, attended the US Army War College, served on the DOD Joint Staff, and developed the notion of information warfare and formed the US Army's Land Information Warfare Agency. His vision in the mid 1990's still lives today and has grown to US Army Cyber Command. Later in his retirement, he became a small group mentor for the Army's Advanced Analysis learning program. He also was a resident military historian who helped people enjoy history and thoughts of warriors gone but not forgotten. To his family and those who participated, he too is just that—a warrior gone, but never forgotten.
Colonel Tanksley is survived by his wife of fifty-two years, Beverly Wilson Tanksley, his son Derek Tanksley and wife Robin; two grandsons, Kyle and Klayton, great-grandchild Charlotte Elizabeth; sisters Charlotte Ross and Nancy Davis; brother Patrick and wife Janice; niece Clarinda and nephews, Tyler, Terrell and Jared.
Colonel Tanksley was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter Dawn Elizabeth.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Porter Loring Mortuary North.


Interment to follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan's Purse or Wounded Warrior Project.

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