December 21, 2013
Tanya Alicia Packard was born Tanya Alicia Davis in October 1967 to Rodney and Madeline Davis in Las Vegas, NV while her father Rodney was a member of the United States Air Force stationed at Nellis Air Force Base. Since Tanya’s father was an aviator with the Air Force, she relocated frequently during her childhood and lived in Nevada, Mississippi, Bermuda, Oklahoma, and California. Tanya graduated from Biship Gorman High School in Las Vegas and attended the University of Las Vegas until she Joined the Marine Corps in March of 1990. During her tour as a US Marine, Tanya was trained as an engineer and stationed at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where she was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Corporal and then Sergeant. Tanya also met her 1st husband Chad Knigge while stationed at Hawaii and they gave birth to a wonderful son Dylan in 1992. Upon leaving the Marine Corps in 1993, Tanya, Chad, and Dylan lived in Henderson, NV until moving to Sioux Falls, SD in 1994. In 1995 Tanya re-entered the Marine Corps and worked as a recruiter for the Sioux Falls recruiting sub-station for about 6 months. After leaving the Marine Corps in 1995, Tanya spent some time in Incline Village with her mother and brother Kevin Davis before re-locating to Vista, California to be with her 2nd husband Mark. Mark and Tanya were married in 1997 while Mark was stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA and Tanya worked in Oceanside. Sadly, Tanya’s mother became very ill in 2000 and Tanya left Oceanside to be with her mother during her final days. Upon returning to Oceanside, Tanya attended Cal State San Marcos and graduated with Bachelor of Science in business administration during 2005. While still being stationed at Camp Pendleton, Mark, Tanya and Dylan moved to Temecula, CA in 2004 where Tanya worked as a Human Resources Manager with Castle and Cook building materials of Lake Elsinore for seven years. In May of 2012, Tanya fulfilled her lifelong dream and graduated the University of Redlands with a Master of Arts in Management. Tanya will always be remembered as an amazing, selfless, and loving wife, mother, sister, and friend.