Jon Latinus Taft, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on November 30, 2012 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Jon was born on July 8, 1932 to Karen Petra Jensen Taft and Latinus Barney Taft in Salt Lake City, Utah. Graduating from East High School in 1949, Jon attended the University of Utah's School of Architecture, was affiliated with Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and graduated in 1956. Jon also was a 2nd Lieutenant in the University of Utah's Air ROTC in 1956 and went on to active service in the United States Air Force, retiring in 1965.
Jon spent his life as an architect, mainly associated with Edwards & Daniels Architects (EDA Architects, Inc.), where he joined as an associate in 1968, became senior partner in 1972, served as Vice President in 1985 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 1996. Jon's numerous projects included many schools and commercial buildings throughout Utah, Nevada and Wyoming as well as many downtown and University of Utah buildings, including venues for the 2002 SLC Olympics. Jon retired in 1998 to Palm Desert, California where he spent 12 very happy years with his wife Tobie.
Jon was also a member and Commodore of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary from 1981 to 1984 and a member of the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce's Salt Shakers from 1992 to 1996, serving on the Board of Directors, and as President in 1996. During his time with the Salt Shakers, Jon also served as a Good
Will Ambassador for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games.
Jon is survived by his wife, Joanne "Tobie" Taft; his children, Lynda Taft; Sheryl Taft Hansen (Clayton); Greg Taft (Liz) and Scott Taft; Jon's grandchildren, Heather Hansen Hilton (Tyler); Elyse Hansen; Natalie Hansen Oberle (Taylor); Brayden Taft and Jon's two great-grandchildren, Keely Hilton and Haddie Hilton. Jon is also survived by his sister, Carolyn Taft Barnthouse (Bob); sisters-in-law, Jeanne Taft and Beverly Taft; and preceded in death by his brothers, Richard Goalen, and Barney, Seth, David, and William Taft.
A " Celebration of Life" open house will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at 6 p.m. at the Cottonwood Club, located at 1780 East Lakewood Drive, Holladay, Utah 84117.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Veteran's Administration Hospital or the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City.
Jon's family would also like to thank, beyond measure, the unending time and devotion of Jon's CNS hospice caregivers, Anne R.N. case manager, and Jimmy, social worker.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.jenkins-soffe.com
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Dec. 2 to Dec. 4, 2012