Flying Tiger Line Pilots Association
Richard Allen "Dick" Taggart
Richard Taggart, of Bellevue, died at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue on Sunday, April 13, 2008. He was 84 years of age.
Dick was born on February 27, 1924 in Los Angeles, California. He was raised in Los Angeles, where he was graduated from high school. Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corp. serving in the South Pacific during World War II. He married his childhood sweetheart, Beverly Schoene, in Sacramento, California, on July 13, 1944. They lived in Hollywood for a brief time before making their home in Reseda, California. Their only child, Candi, was born in 1957. In 1961 they moved to Simi Valley, California, and much later, to Issaquah, Washington, in 1978. Dick worked as an airline pilot for Flying Tiger Line in El Segundo, California, until his retirement in 1984. At the time of his death, he was a resident of Sunrise Assisted Living in Bellevue where his charismatic presence and kind, gentle spirit charmed just about everyone with whom he came into contact. His adoring wife of 59 years, Beverly, preceded him in death on April 18, 2003.
Dick was a member of the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA). He and his wife enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, such as dining out after meandering through garage sales, swap meets, and antique stores. They both liked having their ''wee tiddlies'' (evening drinks) while watching the woodland animals that often appeared outside on their deck waiting for a handout. In his later years, Dick enjoyed having a light breakfast at Little Jon's in Eastgate before going to have his morning coffee with his pals at the Crossroads Cafe'. He especially enjoyed spending quality time laughing and reminiscing with Candi during their almost-daily lunch dates to Chili's, (Stuart Anderson's) Black Angus, La Casita, Red Robin or Denny's. On the days that he received dialysis, they would both either dine in his room #204 at Sunrise, or would wander downstairs to the dining room to join the other residents for lunch, and sometimes dinner as well.
He is survived by his loving daughter, Candi Taggart of Bellevue; her fiancé Charles Jackson, also of Bellevue; his grand-cats Lord Boulder and Brisco County Jr. of Bellevue; his grand-dogs Dixie and Sir-Boom also of Bellevue; and latest addition, Sir-Pup of Columbus, Georgia, but soon to reside in Bellevue with the other members of Candi's band
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