Jerry D. Taggart died on March 17, 2014, after a nine-week battle with liver cancer. He was 70.
Jerry was born on Nov. 10, 1943, in Forth Worth, Texas, the youngest of five children. Jerry stayed in the San Francisco Bay Area after being stationed at Treasure Island during his service in the Navy in the late 1960s. He met his wife, Bobbie, in Berkeley in 1967 (aka “the Summer of Love”).
Trained in electronics, Jerry spent most of his working life as a civilian employee of the Navy at Alameda Naval Air Station. After the base closed, he worked three more years at Lawrence Livermore Labs before retiring in 2000 to undertake a 14-month motor home trip with Bobbie through the Rocky Mountain chain, beginning with the Grand Canyon and ending in Jasper, B.C. In 2003, he and his wife moved to Grass Valley to realize a long-held dream of living in the Sierras. He felt fortunate to enjoy living in this beautiful place for the last 11 years of his life.
Jerry was known for his vigorous wit and cheerful disposition. He was a caring and supportive friend to many, and many of his friendships had endured for more than 40 years. He was a dedicated husband.
Jerry enjoyed old movies, sci-fi science and nature specials. He devoted a great deal of time and energy to his audio-visual entertainment system, music and movie collections. He often camped and hiked with his wife and pets. He had a life-long fascination with magnets, which he collected.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Barbara (“Bobbie”) N. Taggart. He had no children but is survived by numerous nieces and nephews in Southern California and Texas.
He was predeceased by both of his parents, Alfred M. Taggart and Louis B. (Peters) Taggart of Dallas, Texas, and all of his siblings.
A small private memorial was held on Saturday. March 22, 2014. If you wish to send tokens of condolence, the family would prefer a donation to Hospice of the Foothills in lieu of flowers. A photo memorial has been posted at the following website: www.blueoakscbs.com.