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David Marshall Taggart, age 59, died Sunday in Melrose, Florida with family surrounding him. He was born to James Howard and Dorothy Trekell Taggart in Wellington, Kansas. Following graduation from Wellington High School, he ventured east to Princeton University, where he met his future wife, Ruth Lyon Berkelman. He graduated in 1973. After three years at the First National Bank of Boston, David attended Harvard Business School and received a Master's degree in Business Administration in 1979. After a short stint with the Continental Group in Stamford, CT, David moved to Atlanta where he spent the next 30 years working for The Coca-Cola Company. He was named treasurer in 1993, a position that he held until his diagnosis of brain cancer in 2009. He was highly respected for his knowledge of finance, and he worked tirelessly behind the scenes to dampen the threat to the country during the recent financial crisis. David was a man of great integrity and quiet strength. In addition to his professional leadership, he enjoyed serving his community. He coached soccer, served meals to the homeless and participated as a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District. He was also a strong advocate of educational programs. A lifelong athlete, David enjoyed almost all team sports as well as hiking, biking and running. He was a great lover of the music of the sixties and seventies. David was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Earl James Taggart; and his sister Deanne Taggart Curtis. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, and his children, Kimberly Jean Taggart and John Marshall Taggart, of whom he was immeasurably proud. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families as well as his mother-in-law, Jean Keller Berkelman, and his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. There will be private graveside services in Melrose, Florida. A memorial service will be held at a later time at Northside United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Arrangements are under the care of Moring Funeral Home, Melrose, FL.
Published in Gainesville Sun from Mar. 15 to Mar. 17, 2011