Another Icon In The Iowa Great Lakes Passes Away

Thu 12-12-2019

(Spirit Lake)-- The area has lost another icon. Jack Tatman of Spirit Lake passed away earlier this week at the age of 95.

Tatman was a longtime supporter of Community Colleges in Iowa, having served some 42 years on the Board of Directors of Iowa Lakes Community College. ILCC President Val Newhouse...Newhouse01 

"Of those 42 years over half of them were served as President of the board. I believe in the state of Iowa he was the longest serving trustee of any of the community colleges in the state so he held that honor as well. Jack also served as our representative to the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees probably I would say maybe 35 to 40 of those years so he was in Des Moines quite a bit as well."

Newhouse says the contributions Tatman made to Iowa Lakes Community College are immeasurable...Newhouse02 

The Iowa Lakes Community College facility in Spirit Lake was named in Tatman's honor in 2010.

"I interviewed him once for I think our 50th anniversary book that the state of Iowa put together for community colleges and his whole goal was to keep college affordable and keep it close to the people, make sure that students had a way to attend even if they didn't have maybe the transportation to get there and that's why you see the five campus setting that we have at Iowa Lakes even in a rural community college system. He was a pilot so he absolutely believed in our aviation program; he was a farmer so he loved our farm program, he served on the Farm Committee for a number of years. He also served on our Finance Oversight Committee and again, I did mention that he was board President for a number of years. I think, he was still board President when I was hired so he worked with, I'm the seventh president, he worked with everyone of us. So his legacy was far reaching."

A funeral service for Jack will be held at 11:00 am Saturday at Schuchert Lenz Funeral Home in Spirit Lake with visitation Friday from 4:00 until 6:00 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be at Union Stateline Cemetery in rural Superior.