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John Noe’ Tanguma

Born to Lucia Sanchez Tanguma and Noe’ Palacios Tanguma, April 28,1954. John
and his brother Ernest grew up in Round Rock and graduated from RRHS. John
was active in Kiwanis, band, drama, Spanish, and prose interpretation. He attended
the University of Texas before living in Hawaii for three years where he was
accepted as an islander.

Returning to Central Texas, he worked for McNeil Consumer Products where he
took on the responsibility of company photographer. More importantly, he met
Tina Belflower whom he wisely married. They became life long partners and best
friends. They had been married for 41 years.

Recognizing his passion for photography, John earned his associate degree in
photography from ACC and created his own business, Tan Bonito Photography.
He enjoyed networking with other photographers and served as president of the
Photographer’s Guild of Austin. He continuously honed his skills, entering top
competitions, and winning awards. Receiving accolades encouraged him to spread
his wings. He became an active member in Sociedad Mexicana de Fotografos
Profesionales “Mexican Society of Professional Photographers”. Traveling
extensively in Mexico, he gave presentations, sharing his knowledge. He made
lifelong friends, and in true John Tanguma style, he became “family” to a new
group of people.

John was a true sportsman his entire life. Spending time in Eldorado in West Texas
during deer season was a priority. He found yet another “family” to share time and
knowledge. It was always a two-way street – he wanted to learn from you and you
from him. Fishing brought him pleasure as well – whether salmon fishing in the
Pacific northwest or enjoying a trip to the coast.

Family was always a priority. Planning a large gathering with the family, way too
much food and drink, and plenty of time to sit outside and share ideas was a
regular occurrence! An important part of John’s family have always been his
beloved and spoiled cats. They will continue to be loved and spoiled but will miss
him dearly.

John was warm, generous, gentle, intelligent, opinionated, sensitive, and talented.
We considered him larger than life. However, he left us peacefully on June 5,
2023, after a brief illness surrounded by family and friends. The world is a lesser
place without John in it but a much better place for him having been here.

In lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity in John’s honor. John was
especially passionate about his cats.
A Celebration of Life is planned for June 23.

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