Judge Joseph Quincy Tarbuck passed away on February 7, 2018, at his home in Gulf Breeze, Florida. A native of Pennsylvania, he joined the United States Army at age 17 after graduating
high school. He served in the artillery unit in the Korean War and survived 37 & 1/2 months as a prisoner of war in North Korea. After repatriation he studied geology at Florida State
University where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He completed his education at the University of Florida College of Law.
Joe Tarbuck moved to Pensacola and practiced law in the area for 23 years. He was a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, 33rd degree, and the Gulf Breeze
Rotary Club, among other civic organizations.
Judge Tarbuck was appointed to the Circuit Court in 1982 where he served with distinction until his retirement in 2001. He continued to work for several years after as a Senior Circuit Judge.
Judge Tarbuck hunted and was a long time member of Hit-n-Miss Hunting Club in Alabama. He also enjoyed woodworking and gardening. He rarely missed an episode of Wheel of Fortune.
He was predeceased by his parents Miles and Agnes Tarbuck, sister Dorothy Kostelac, brother Nicholas Tarbuck, and sister Rose Dykes.
He was preceded in death in 2001 by his first wife, Carolyn Williams Tarbuck, with whom he had four children and shared a passion for fishing at Toeshemoe Camp in Alabama.
He is survived by his second wife, Anita Wallace Tarbuck, with whom he delighted in dinner at local restaurants daily. She was his companion to the end of his life.
Judge Tarbuck also is survived by his son Joseph "Joey" Quincy Tarbuck, Jr., daughter-in-law Leisa Tarbuck; son William "Billy" Tarbuck; Christopher "Chris" Robert Tarbuck, daughter-in-law Stacey Elizabeth Tarbuck; daughter Elizabeth "Beth" Schurger, son-in-law Eric Schurger, Esquire, and grandsons Chase and Jackson and and Schurger in whom he delighted.
Devout throughout his lifetime, Judge Tarbuck was a steadfast member of St Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church for five decades.
Visitation is at the church at 1 St Francis Drive, Gulf Breeze, at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Services follow at 11:00 AM at the church. Procession and interment immediately
following at Rose Lawn Cemetery, 2942 Gulf Breeze Parkway,. A reception will follow at the church. Flowers are welcome or donations may be made to the church.
I know you feel loss, and I'm sorry for that; however my experience with Judge Tarbuck was that he was a patriarchal man who destroyed my family, and I'm glad to see him gone.
We are so sorry for your loss Beth. Praying for you and your family today.
Sean and Deborah EllisCypress, TX
Dear Anita: our deepest sympathy to you and Joe's family on your loss. Jerry and Keith Harold and family