Howard Joseph Taggart 1936-2021\n\n \n\nHoward Joseph Taggart, born November 30, 1936 in Amarillo, TX, sweetly passed from this earth life back to his real home in heaven on December 18, 2021, SLC, Utah.\n\n \n\nAt the age of 6, he moved with his mother and father, Lois and Clayton and older sister, Eleanor, to Fresno, Ca eventually settling in Carmel, Ca where he attended Sunset Elementary and Carmel High. The friendships he made there were strong throughout his life. Class reunions and keeping in touch with friends was truly wonderful. His professional life as a Petroleum Engineer started at Stanford University and later with a masters from USC. He worked 30 years in the oil producing industry in all phases as an engineer, manager, and specialist in oil property acquisitions. He evaluated hundreds of properties with bids ranging from $20 thousand to $2.2 billion. He loved numbers and details. After retirement, he obtained another masters in the field of accounting at the California State University, Bakersfield.\n\n \n\nReading and sports such as volleyball, basketball, golf, and tennis, which gave him a life of joyful memories. But family, friends and church were the focus of his loving and giving nature. He was a devoted son to his parents and his older sister, Eleanor. All have proceeded him in death. \n\nFatherhood was his greatest blessing and a bridge to allow his giving heart to blossom. He leaves behind his first son, Michael Clayton Taggart; daughter, Michelle Anna (Reedy); second son, Billy Tsosie Hicks, and third son, Ryan Matthew Kelly Taggart. He was there for them in all ways; devoted to their needs for advice and support.\n\nAlthough there was a divorce from his first wife, Sandra Jean Smith in 1977, family gatherings and celebrations were enjoyed by both, blending their mixed families. In Bakersfield, CA, 1979, he married Suzanne Lynn Holland, building a life together with the children, work, friends and church service. He served in leadership in Scouting and as a financial clerk in his Wards, and a Stake Secretary in Springville, UT. He loved studying the Gospel and sharing his personal insights and testimony of Jesus Christ with others. He loved the time he could travel and make family connections as he worked in Genealogy. What a joy filled reunion he will be having with all of them.\n\n \n\nI found a talk that Howard had given at Church during his stay at the Ashford Assisted Living facility in Springville. In it he relates his feelings of having to live separated from home and having to be helped into and out of bed, etc. “I gave up and stayed in bed 3 days, feeling pretty despondent, but I reformed my attitude after reading the words from President Gordon B. Hinkley: \n\n \n\n“THERE WAS A SIGN ON THE WALL OF A SHOE SHOP… IT READ, “I COMPLAINED BECAUSE I HAD NO SHOES, UNTIL I SAW A MAN WHO HAD NO FEET”. \n\n \n\nWhere ever he went, he looked for ways to contribute to those around him. \n\n \n\nWe Love you, and\n\nMiss you, Howard …\n\n \n\n Husband, Dad, Brother, Son, Uncle \n\n Friend.