John was born July 27, 1944 to William and Lillian Taft in Flint, Michigan. After moving to Santa Monica, he attended junior high and high school military academies, then enlisted in the Air Force, serving with his dog King in the Canine Corp. He was stationed in Roswell, New Mexico during the Vietnam era. After the military, his jobs included The Ball in Santa Monica, American Van Lines Electronic Division, being a Private Detective in Los Angeles, and Hughes Fire Protection.
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At the age of 50 John completed his BA in Social Work at California State University at Chico. During the last year of his Master's Program in Social Work, he completed an internship at Butte County Adult Protective Services and continued to work there until he retired in 2006. After adult services he worked in child protective services, and Butte County Behavior Health, providing services for clients in the Mental Health Program and Drug Court.
On November 23, 1979, John married his childhood sweetheart, Charlotte and lived in West Los Angeles. In 1983, John and Charlotte moved to Magalia, CA and began a new life. They enjoyed raising their two boys together and taking motorcycle trips. John also enjoyed customizing his vehicles and Harley motorcycles. On September 12, 2012, John experienced his Creator and asked Jesus to be His Lord and Savior. A few weeks later he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Throughout his battle, he maintained his unique sense of humor, wise counsel and caring nature. God called John to Himself, November 23, 2012, on their 33rd wedding anniversary.
John is survived by his wife Charlotte, residing at their home in Magalia that John's father built, sons Jonathan Taft, 27 years old, Norfolk VA and Michael Taft 22 years old, Bremerton, WA, both in the United States Navy, granddaughter Olivia Mae Taft, 14 months old, daughter of Jonathan and Lillian Myerson, mother, living in Hemet, CA.
John aka as Dad will be greatly missed. You are our hero. We will love you always and forever.
Published in Paradise Post from Dec. 7, 2012 to Jan. 6, 2013