Bryan Tacke, owner of the former Great Harvest Bread Co. in Federal Way, passed away just before Christmas 2017, from pneumonia with sepsis. He and his parents opened their bakery in 1999. Bryan was a Master Baker and was very proud of having received the Federal Way Mirror’s Best Bakery in Federal Way award 14 times. He loved his work, his customers and his crew and missed them all so much when the bakery was sold.
Bryan Keith Tacke was born August 11, 1967, in San Jose, California. In 1971 his family moved to Woodinville where he attended Woodin Elementary, Leota Jr High and graduated from Woodinville High School in 1986. He loved participating in baseball, football and soccer and skiing while he was in school. He also loved to write and one of his plays was performed at CWU while he was there. After graduating from Central Washington University with degrees in Geography and English, he worked in Alaska for awhile and then moved to Bellingham and then to Binghamton, NY, where he worked for Daniels Paints until moving to Federal Way to open the Great Harvest Bread Co. Recently he completed a two year program at Green River Community College to prepare for a new career in Waste Water Management.
Bryan’s hobbies included golf, fly fishing, camping and hiking. He was both a Husky and Cougar fan (his favorite outfit was a UW sweatshirt and Cougar shorts) and an avid fan of the Seahawks, Mariners and Sounders. He was a big teddy-bear-type guy with an even bigger heart. He leaves behind his grieving parents Ken and Carol Tacke, sister Annette Tacke, and niece Johnna Knapp of Longview and many wonderful friends and extended family. He was preceded in death by his beloved brother Michael Scott Tacke and brother-in-law Michael Frank Montague.