(April 21, 2004)
Funeral services are scheduled Wednesday, April 28 at 11 a.m. at the Lovell LDS Stake Center for Cal Snoll Taggart, 80, of Lovell, who died Wednesday, April 21 at the Sun Health Hospice in Sun City, Ariz.
A visitation will be held today (Tuesday) from 5 to 7 p.m. at Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell.
Cal Taggart was born Feb. 6, 1924, in Cowley to Grant and Fern S. Taggart. He and Irene Dover were married in 1945, and together they had two children, Todd Taggart of Healdsburg, Calif., and Dana Cranfill of Cody.
He graduated with a B.S. degree from BYU in 1946, and in 1948, he graduated from the Institute of Insurance Marketing at Southern Methodist University. He also attended Notre Dame University and the University of New Mexico.
He began as a life insurance underwriter with the Taggart Agency in 1948, serving on numerous councils, chairing many committees, and he was recognized often with industry awards.
His passion was community service, which he began as mayor of Lovell in 1962, serving six years. He helped to build and served many local and regional organizations, including the Wyoming Industrial Development Corp., the Wyoming Association of Municipalities and the Big Horn County Hospital board. He served in the Wyoming State Senate from 1972 to 1984, chairing the Senate Transportation and Highway Committee and serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was a driving force in the reconstruction of U.S. Highway 14-Alternate over the Big Horn Mountains.
During this time, he served in an advisory capacity under Gov. Cliff Hansen and was appointed by Gov. Stan Hathaway to the Yellowstone Centennial Commission and the Old West Trail Foundation.
He was one of Lovell's and Wyoming's strongest promoter to the end. He was a member of the LDS Church and a navy veteran of World War II.
He was honored in 1974 with Cal Taggart Day by his hometown, and in 2002 Gov. Jim Geringer recognized his many efforts with the declaration of Cal Taggart Day in Wyoming.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Irene, of Lovell; his son Todd and his daughter Dana; daughter-in-law Mary and son-in-law Steve; and five grandchildren, Grant, Paige and Ian Taggart, and Meghan and Laura Cranfill.
Burial will be in the Cowley Cemetery, with arrangements by Haskell Funeral Home.