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David Allan Taft M.D.

Seattle, Washington

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David Allan TAFT, MD David Allan Taft, MD, died March 10, 2011 at the age of 77 after a full and rewarding life. He helped write these words. He was born December 26th, 1933 in Madison, Wisconsin to Cyrus and Margaret Taft. David was preceded in death by his parents and his brother John. He is...

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Uncle Dave is sorely missed. What a wonderful guy. A great boss at the Group Surgeon's Office at 1st Force Service Support Group. Learned so much and had fun. All my love to his family

I served with Dr. Taft at the 1ST FSSG, Camp Pendleton. Dr. Taft was a great surgeon, outstanding physician, and expert historian on the civil war. I was in Vietnam near the same time as Dave, we shared many stories. Dave, may the wind always be at your back, farewell shipmate.

David was a lovely person who so cared for his patients and was a force to be reckoned with the nurses caring for his patients. I knew him for 5 years and the respect I had for him will always be there. It was about the patient first, that was a given. I'm sad for that loss, I can only hope the family has carried on and are thriving.

Dr Taft was a force to be reckoned with by the young interns at VMMC, I was a head nurse who he chose to take care of many of his patients. His skills were masterful, and his wry sense of humor required sophisticated interpretation. Above all, he demanded the best care and attention for his patients. He was a major influence in training high quality nurses and surgeons. A great man, who will be missed.

I will always remember "Uncle Dave" and his funny stories. He was always there for the Marine or Sailor that needed his medical attention. Semper Fi doc Taft. God bless and keep you.

Favorably referred to as Uncle Dave, he had added wit, humor and knowlege to aid us through many "interesting" episodes of trying personnel and crazy docs. Endearing and sadly missed, there are many stories and great memories that surround us all make us glad that we were able to be a part of his life. Cathy Nykiel HMC(FMF) USN/Retired

David -- You could really stab a haeggis while Sheila recited Bobby Burns' poetry! Such Fun! And then we had to toast the Queen and smash our glasses into the fireplace! Later, when you removed my bad gall bladder, you let me see your more serious side, and the deep concern you held for your patient's well-being. Thanks for letting me be a part of your life. God Bless! Sally Hathaway (Jolly)

I appreciate, very much, and will always be grateful the friendship Dr and Mrs Taft extended my son and my daughter-in-law.

To me, David Taft was truly an American hero and a person I could call friend. Throughout his long career he served his fellow man in every sense of the word. He will be sorely missed not only by his wife Sheila and their sons, but his countless friends within the Navy-Marine Corps family.
Semper Fidelis,