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Tiffany Jane Tate-Eckes

Tiffany Jane Tate-Eckes, 35 of Chandler, AZ, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at home on September 29, 2018 after a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis.  She was born March 1, 1983 in Mesa, AZ.  Tiffany spent her life giving back to others, most notably through the sport of basketball.  Coach Tiff, as she was known by many, was a part of seven state championships as coach at Seton Catholic Preparatory H.S. and two state championships as a player at Chandler H.S. She played and coached many years of club basketball and impacted countless lives during her career.  Her greatest fulfillment by far was her love and marriage to Kevin Eckes.  He was her soulmate and best friend.  They always made the most out of their seven years together.  Tiff’s sense of humor, alongside her selfless nature, made her so easy to connect with on a personal level.  She lived in the moment, and for every moment, with a fiery, passionate personality and grit and toughness that allowed her to overcome so much.

Tiffany is survived by her husband, Kevin Eckes, three fur babies (Stella, Zeus, and Boomer), her parents, Bob and Lois Tate of San Tan Valley, AZ, her brother Casey Tate (Kristina), nieces, Makenzie Thomas (Brandon), Maleah Milner, Ava Milner and nephew, Chandler Tate of Reno, NV, Grandmother, Betty Tate of Chandler, AZ., Step-Grandmother Linda Tate of Chandler, AZ, Aunt Sue Hedges of Monteagle, TN along with many other loving family members and friends.  She will be missed by many who were loved and touched by Tiffany throughout her life including her medical team.

Tiffany was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ruth and Dern Larson and grandfather Forrest G. Tate.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 13th at The Grove Church, 2777 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler, AZ 85286.  A reception will follow immediately at Seton Catholic Preparatory H.S. gymnasium, 1150 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler, AZ 85224.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Seton Catholic Preparatory Tiffany Tate-Eckes Scholarship fund.


  • Katie Helle Posted October 4, 2018 3:56 PM

    I will miss you more then words bestie! So thankful you are my angel! Sending love and light to Kevin, Lois, Bob, and the entire family!

  • Jacque Tate-Tafoya Posted October 4, 2018 4:19 PM

    How Lucky am I to have someone that makes saying goodbye so hard… good thing it’s not goodbye. I’ll see you again cousin. Love you forever and always.

  • Roger & Nancy Storms Posted October 4, 2018 5:24 PM

    So sorry Nancy and I can’t be at the service, but we’re honored to be with you all just before her gratuation to Glory. Our hearts & prayers are with you all.

  • Terri Marino Posted October 4, 2018 5:31 PM

    Rest In Peace Tiffany! Lifting your family and friends in prayer.

  • Morgan Wehner Posted October 4, 2018 7:37 PM

    Rest In Peace sweet soul

  • Krista Hubbard Posted October 4, 2018 7:49 PM

    Tiff, you will be missed girl. My prayers go out to the Tate & Eckes families at this time. RIP sweet girl.

  • Kathy Klammer Posted October 4, 2018 8:21 PM

    My thoughts and prayers to you Kevin and to the entire family. My deepest sympathy. Peace be with you.

  • Lindsi D Posted October 4, 2018 10:44 PM

    I wish I could turn back time and go back to high school with you, Tiff. Still one of my fondest memories playing ball with you and having your presence in my life. You are so very loved.

  • Kimberlee Connor Posted October 4, 2018 10:58 PM

    Wonderful & The Most Beautiful Family. God Bless You!!! Tif…You were Amazing & then more..Love you !! May God help you all in this huge loss of a Most Amazing Wonderful Women!! I Got to Know! Words cant explained my real feelings at this time..Love & more Love!

  • Deb Mack Posted October 4, 2018 11:42 PM

    My thought and prayers to Lois and Bob at this most difficult time also to Kevin and all family members. Tiffany was always full of life and never let anything stop her. Tiff was and sstill is an amazing woman my family is so lucky to have gotten to meet her and her family. RIP

  • Lynette LaFond Posted October 5, 2018 12:00 AM

    Love you …Miss you..I am sad for those of us left behind but so happy you are with Jesus

  • Joe Benjamin Posted October 5, 2018 6:48 AM

    Rest easy babygirl. You will be missed always. Thoughts and prayers to all family & friends as she was so very special to many.

  • Gina Wagner Posted October 6, 2018 1:15 AM

    Though I never met you,I can see that you were truly an angel on this earth through the eyes and words of all those who loved you so so much..

    I am so sorry that you had to leave too soon…

  • Frederick Evans Family Posted October 6, 2018 2:01 AM

    Tiffany you were always kind to me and our Family Because of You I Coach still you spirit will be with us Forever Thoughts and Prayers to the Tate Family AMEN

  • Amanda Kunkel Posted October 6, 2018 11:03 PM

    My condolences to your family and respect to you in peace Coach Tiff! Play true as you taught so many of us to always do

  • Anna Olea Posted October 9, 2018 7:50 AM

    I never had the pleasure to meet this beautiful soul but I always followed her story to see how she was doing! She will be missed by many who loved her! May god bless her and the entire family! May she now Rest In Peace! Hugs to you in heaven!

  • Carol DePaul Posted October 9, 2018 9:37 AM

    My sincerest condolences to Kevin, Bob, Lois and their families. I am heartbroken that I am unable to attend what I know will be a beautiful service for Tiffany. She was a joy to know and have in my life be it ever so brief.. I will hold her memory forever in my heart.

  • Bill Furano Posted October 10, 2018 1:08 PM

    Bobby and Lois my heart is very heavy and sad for your loss. My condolences to you and the rest of the Tate family. I know the good Lord Jesus Christ will welcome Tiff into Heaven with his open arms, and I know she will be one of the brightest stars to ever shine in Heaven. May she rest in peace and may God Bless you both and your family.

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