Madison - Zach Tabak, 26, died early Sunday morning on April 22, 2018, in Madison, following a pedestrian/car accident in Middleton. He was an organ donor. Zach was born December 11, 1991 in Kansas City, Missouri but spent most of his life in Madison, attending Crestwood Grade, Jefferson Middle and Memorial High Schools, where he graduated in 2010. At Memorial he was a member of the varsity tennis team and bowling club. He earned a BA in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2014. He is the son of Diane and Larry Tabak of Madison. Zach was an enthusiastic participant in games of all sorts. He was a member of the Madison Backgammon Club and traveled to cities across the Midwest for competitions. Other pursuits included tennis, competitive pinball and Magic the Gathering, which he played avidly from a young age. He was also a familiar face at area poker tables. Zach was employed at WPS Insurance and aspired to an actuary career. He is survived by his parents; his older brother, Josh of San Francisco; and his grandfather, Tom Shanley of Des Moines. Services are scheduled for 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Temple Beth El, 2702 Arbor Drive, Madison 53711 with burial to follow at Sunset Memory Gardens, 7302 Mineral Point Road. Charitable donations can be made to Temple Beth El, or a charity of choice meaningful to you. The family would like to thank the EMS responders and the staff at the UW Emergency Room.
Cress Funeral & Cremation Service
3610 Speedway Road, Madison
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Dearest Diane, I remember when you spoke so fondly of your boys when we were at work. We're so very sorry for your loss. Please know you did everything right as parents. God Bless you in your grief.
My deepest condolences to the Tabak family. I cannot imagine how tragic this is for you. My thoughts are prayers are with you.
The Board of the Rabbis and Cantors Retirement Plan, of which Uncle Bob Tabak is a member share our deepest condolences. May Zach's memory be an eternal blessing.
My sympapthy To his Loved Ones. I had known Zach around the Poker Tables And Will share that he was not only a great player but also conducted himself with Integrity and Maturity beyond his years. To his Parents You did good! I will miss him! R.I.P. Larry.Glad to play Sat with him.
Zach's last game, SportsBowl 4-21-18
Last May in the Badlands
Zach with family
First day of college
Larry, I just heard about this terrible accident. I am so sorry for the loss of your son. I cannot imagine what you and your family must be going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Diane, Larry and Josh-
My deepest condolence to you. The brief encounters I had with Zach left me with impressions of a respectful, intelligent, pleasant young man. Please don't hesitate to ask if there is anything I or my family can do for you. You are in our thoughts. Peace and comfort to you. Nancy Moore and Jim Deluhery
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