Howie passed away February 23, 2017 at the age of 70, with his wife Becky by his side.
Howie was born May 17, 1946 in Ogden, Utah to Howard and Margaret Taggart. He spent his childhood at Taggart's Camp where he worked at Taggart's Service with his dad and brother. He graduated from Morgan High School in 1964 and attended Weber State University and the University of Utah. He served in the army for 2 years, one of which he spent in Vietnam. Howie married Becky Ralphs December 3rd 1971, they recently celebrated 45 years of marriage. Howie and Becky had one son Dylan, born in 1973 and moved their family to Lyman Wyoming in 1974, where Howie went to work at FMC, until retirement. They added another daughter Hillary to their family in 1976 and one more daughter, Terril in 1982.
Howie enjoyed the Bridger Valley area because of its’ desert, high plains and mountains, He also loved the canyon where he grew up and many places in northern Utah. Howie was a man of many interests including art, music, science, he loved all kinds of music and enjoyed singing to the kids and the grand kids. he was an avid reader, his happiest times were taking a ride on a dirt road in the mountains looking for wildlife, and spending time with Becky his kids and grand kids. It seems that his favorite sound was laughter based on all the stories and jokes he told.
He suffered from heart disease and spent many hours with doctors and at hospitals. He joined clinical trials to help with the treatment of AF and attended conventions with doctors to explain the condition from a patient point of view.
Howie left an impression on every one he met was loved and will be missed by many.
Preceded in death by his parents, Howard Sr and Margaret, his sister Tonya, brother Brent, nieces , Debbie Warner and Stacey Stoddard.
Survived by wife Becky, children son Dylan, daughters Hillary, Terril (Brandon) Grandchildren, Larissa Layton, Wyatt Taggart and Riley Baxter.
His extended family also includes nephew Kam (Tamra) Sargent and family. Becky's siblings, Billie (JoAnn) Ralphs, Gwen (Ron) Robison, Keith (Carol) Ralphs, Beverly (George) Fearn, Kirk (Mitzi) Ralphs, Burke Ralphs and many nieces and nephews he considered his own.
A special thanks to his cousins, (Little sis) Linda Burt, Judee Woodward, Fred Singleton.
His adopted family, Darrel Layton, Kendrick Layton and Jackie Homan.
The family would like to thank the Bridger Valley Ambulance Crew, Dr. Foster and the nurses at Evanston Regional and the kind and caring nurses at University of Utah 4th and 5th floor.
Also a special thank you to Dr. Roger Freedman, Brenda Fish and the many doctors, nurses, and teams that spent 21 years caring for Howie.
Visitation will be Friday evening March 3, from 6:00- 8;00. Also Saturday March 4, 10;00 to 11:00 with memorial services to follow at Walker Mortuary in Morgan Utah. Interment will follow at the South Morgan Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers make a donation to the charity of your choice.