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August 16, 1993 - October 12, 2021

A memorial service to celebrate Preston's life will be held on Sunday, October 17, 2021 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at Mayors Riverfront Park (Growlers Stadium), 251 Mills St., Kalamazoo, MI 49048. To make a lasting gift in Preston’s memory please consider Kalamazoo Outfront or Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation.

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Age 28, passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Preston was born in Kalamazoo, on August 16, 1993, the son of Thomas and Stasia (Justice) Taverna, who survive him. He loved nature and had been working since 2019 as Parks Supervisor for the City of Kalamazoo. He loved kayaking, fishing and camping. He had a tremendous sense of humor and he lit up the room when he walked in. He had a strong sense of doing what was right. Preston was strongly opinionated but always with kindness. He was a larger-than-life figure. He enjoyed working on his house. Nothing was more important to him than the love of his family. His death leaves a hole in our hearts. He will always be loved and always be missed. Besides his parents, Preston is survived by his siblings, Carter Taverna, Hayden Taverna, and Addison Taverna, all of Kalamazoo; grandmothers, Delores (Brendan) Gauthier of Kalamazoo, Patricia Justice of Urbana, IL; grandfather, Jerome Taverna of Three Rivers; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and countless friends, especially his special four-legged friend, Nala.  He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Richard “Dick” Justice; and grandmother, Sandra Taverna.