FORT WORTH—A graveside service for Louis Tassione, 89, a retired Fort Worth ISD teacher, principal and central office administrator, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, May 14, at Bluebonnet Memorial Park in Colleyville. He passed away on May 9 at his home in Stephenville.
Louis was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 29, 1929. He later moved to northwest Wisconsin and graduated from high school in Minong. He received both his B.S. and Master degrees from Texas Wesleyan College (TWC) where he was vice president of the student body and was selected to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. He was a wearer of the Golden Shears, played on the basketball team, and later was an assistant coach for TWC.
He joined the Fort Worth ISD as a teacher at the newly opened Diamond Hill Jarvis High School in 1952. He later taught at Meadowbrook Elementary before becoming a principal and then Director of Instruction Support Services for the entire school district. He retired in August 1993 after forty-one years but continued to work for the district until 2012 as Executive Director of the Sick Leave Program. He was the author of the district’s Sick Leave Program, which was adopted by the school board in 1985 and modified to include all employees in later years.
He always felt one of his greatest honors in the FWISD was being selected to be an elementary vice principal during racial integration. At Como Elementary he worked toward building relationships with minority communities. He was also pleased to be a long-serving president of the FWISD’s Administrator Association and felt he helped to bring the association into equal acceptance with the teachers’ associations by the school board. Additionally, he was proud to serve as the Administrator of the FWISD's Human Relations Committee.
Louis was both a football and basketball official for many years, and he was a lifetime member of the Fort Worth Football and Basketball Associations. He enjoyed raising cattle and hunting with his sons and grandson on the family ranch in Erath County. In later years he loved fishing with his grandchildren near his childhood home in Wisconsin during the summers.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dagmar; his son, Anthony of Hurst, Texas; his daughter, Dr. Dina Tassione of Cody, Wyoming; his son, Rocco and wife Celeste and their children; and his much beloved grandchildren, Stone and Scout of Stephenville, Texas.