Douglas Ewell Taber passed away peacefully on the evening of February 21st, 2018 in Auburn, California. Doug was born in Rosiclare, Illinois on October 13th, 1934 to Alvadis and Iva Mae Taber. He was the tenth of eleven children.
Doug was a gifted musician and would have impromptu jam sessions with friends and family from the time he could start blowing a horn. He joined the Air Force immediately after high school in 1952 where he served in Tripoli, Libya as a weatherman. Back in the States, he earned his degree from Southern Illinois University, and remained a proud Saluki for the rest of his life. He joined the Peace Corps shortly after its formation in 1960 and spent time in Guatemala. He subsequently lived in San Francisco, where he appreciated jazz music and one night actually watched the escape from Alcatraz unfold from his living room window. In October of 1965, he met the love of his life, Donna. They married in February of 1966 and had 52 wonderful years together. Doug’s final words were, “I married late, but I married well.”
Doug is survived by sons Kevin (Becky) and Nick, as well as nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by Donna on February 2, 2018, his step-son David, and all but one of his siblings.
Doug will be remembered for his great sense of humor and enormous and giving heart. When Doug became your friend, you had a friend for life.
He was surrounded by family when he passed and had them laughing and crying at the same time. The family will hold a gathering for friends and family to celebrate Doug’s life and memory at a future date.