Theodore Adams Bartling "TAB"

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Theodore Adams Bartling, age 69, of Austin, Texas, passed away on October 27, 2023 at 1:27pm in Temple, Texas. Theodore was born to Theodore Charles and Phyllis McGuinnis of Houston, Texas.

Theodore grew up primarily in Houston, Texas. He attended the University of Texas for his Bachelor’s in Geology. Theodore loved being with family and friends, being on the lake, playing sports with kids and had a burning passions for music. He owned and operated Bartling Oil Co. and Heart Music. Theodore was a caring and loving person that loved generously.

He consistently was interested in other people’s passions and had an amazing way of remembering and inspiring their passions.

Theodore is survived by his son Theodore Adams Bartling Jr and wife Paige Bartling, daughter Lauren Bartling; grandchild Cannon Bartling; his sister Pam Bartling.

TAB passed away peacefully with hands held by loved ones.

A Memorial Service for TAB will be held on Saturday, November 18th, 2023 at 2:00pm at The Venue (River City Church). 2032 Central Plaza, New Braunfels, TX 78130.

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Memorial Service: Saturday, November 18, 2023 2:00 pm

The Venue
2032 Central Plaza
New Braunfels, TX 78130

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  1. My sincere condolences. I will miss seeing him in our water classes and luncheons. Such a nice fellow.

  2. Tab and I were close high school friends! Kinkaid and fond memories! His parents pool was the bomb! God bless your family!!🙏🙏

  3. My dear, little brother, you also leave two nieces, Annie and Jadey, who thought you were the coolest uncle ever. How will we remember you? I always knew when you picked Jadey up from preschool when she had garlic breath, you’d take her to Ciro’s where she loved to suck the garlic butter off the bread. You’d invite us over to your condo on Bering, and have a snack tray all ready for the girls in front of the TV, while you and I went to the music room, you playing guitar and me singing. You loved to improvise and see where the music and lyrics took us. We visited you in Austin so many times, and once we had tickets to see Pearl Jam and the Ramones. You of course wanted to go, too, and it was so great having you with us. They searched us at the gate, and you had to surrender your Swiss Army knife, and you did it without complaint. The music was amazing, and so Annie and Jadey could see better, you gave each one a turn on your shoulders, and they weren’t so little anymore. The crowd got rowdy and a wave of falling people came toward us, but you stood tall and strong, protecting us from the crush. You left us way too soon and without warning. Wherever you’ve gone, the party is just beginning. Rock on, brother! We love you.

  4. During college at UT you lived behind me off 34th we listened to a lot of albums and you played guitar. Lots of good times. Later years would run into you at music events, especially at Antones. Will miss seeing you and laughing about the good old days.

  5. I was lucky to have Tab as a friend. We played basketball together at The Hills for many years. Tab loved basketball. He had this funny overhead two handed shot that he would sink from the three point line, Tab said that he grew up playing with older guys and so he had to shoot over his head to get a shot off. The guys said on court that playing pick up you really get to know what someone’s really like. Tab was fun loving, selfless, fair, competitive, and had a natural feel for rights and wrongs in sport and life. I saw Tab many times at Adam’s games and we would sit together and talk about the game and how the kids were doing and just really enjoy our company together. I’ll miss Tab. Condolences to Adam and the rest of the family.

  6. I am so saddened to hear of Tab’s passing. Back in the ’90’s and early 2000’s we worked on many projects together. He was an inspiration to me and was always supportive, ready to offer insight, ideas and direction. He made a difference in so many people’s lives. Being a part of the Heart Music roster is one of the highlights of my life. I will miss you, my dear friend. My deepest condolences to all who knew and loved this remarkable man.

  7. My sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Tab Bartling.. May he rest in peace.
    He was a wonderful father, uncle, friend of many. He loved his music and could surely play the guitar and true western music. I will surely miss him.


    Annabella Romer
    Saint Paul, Minnesota 55116

  8. Tab, I don’t know what to say, except this is a shocker. Watched your kids grow up and so much more. Saw you in the last year or so, it just wasn’t expected to learn you are gone. Adam and the rest of your family, sadly you have my condolences for your loss. CFridley

  9. Our family moved to Inwood Oaks in Houston when I was in the 4th grade. Made friends with Tab immediately along with other kids in the neighborhood. We ruled the street staying up all hours playing basketball and other sports, listening to music, jumping off the roof of Tab’s house into the swimming pool that was in the middle of the house. So grateful that I was able to visit with Tab at Phyllis’s memorial service in Houston. What a great person. Tab will be missed by all. Hook ‘Em

  10. Tab was a caring and gentle man who loved music. I am very grateful to have had him in my life. A true friend and supporter who helped me greatly. He will be missed tremendously.

  11. I just learned of Tab passing, and my heart breaks. My love to the family. I hope this reaches you so long after the fact, Tab was such a dear person and such a supporter of jazz. Thank you for being such a light in this world, dear Tab. You will not be forgotten.

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