Memorial service for Dr. William Tarr, former Stanford football great


A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church for Dr. William "Bill" Tarr, a former Stanford football captain who completed his college career in 1955 as the school's all-time leading rusher.

Dr. Tarr, a dentist and longtime Menlo Park resident, died Jan. 29 at the age of 80.

The Bellingham, Washington, native rushed for 1,593 yards in his three years, a career rushing mark that stood for a decade. In the waning days of the 60-minute player, he played as a fullback and linebacker, intercepting four passes in 1954.

During his Stanford varsity playing career from 1953 to 1955, he was named captain, earned two awards as the team's most valuable player, and was named the most inspirational senior.

"I've been in athletics all my life," said Paul Wiggin, an All-America teammate of Bill Tarr and later head coach at Stanford. "And there are people at their best when you need them the most. They are rare. He was one of those guys."

Dr. Tarr became a dentist, settling and raising a family in Menlo Park, where he lived for almost 50 years, He retired after practicing dentistry locally for more than 20 years.

A gifted athlete in many sports, he enjoyed snow skiing, tennis and basketball for many years after college, say family members.

He is survived by his wife, Deanna, children Dr. Bill Tarr of Menlo Park, Cinda Stoddard of Martinez, and Michael Tarr of Morgan Hill; stepchildren Jennifer Pollock and Jeffrey Pollock, both of Menlo Park; and seven grandchildren.

Memorials in Dr. Tarr's name may be made to Rosener House in care of Peninsula Volunteers Inc., 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025.


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Posted by Gary Massard
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on Feb 22, 2015 at 1:50 pm

My thoughts and prayers to the Tarr family. I knew all three Tarr children and had the pleasure of coaching two of them in youth sports (Cinda/Cindy in LL baseball - 1978, and Mike in AYSO Soccer - 1978-1979). Very fond memories of those days.

Gary Massard, Corydon, IN (Menlo Park resident 1967-1983)

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