May 6, 2013


Jacob "Jake" M. Taggart, 25, of Scranton, died Friday, May 3, 2013, in an auto accident near Grand Junction.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, at First United Methodist Church in Scranton with Pastor Bill Wenig of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Des Moines officiating. Soloist will be Gary Haupert, and pianist will be Delores Anderson.

Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will resume at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Casket bearers will be Montana Taggart, Jared Taggart, Mani Jubell, Kyler Kiner, Sean Wilson, Travis Hardin and Josiah Hoyt.

Burial will be at Scranton Township Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under direction of Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Scranton, and online condolences may be left at

Born June 6, 1987, at Jefferson, Iowa, he was a son of William and Debra (Dudley) Taggart. He grew up in Scranton and graduated from Jefferson-Scranton High School in 2006. He was a state qualifier for the wrestling team and was a linebacker and running back on the football team.

Following high school he worked as a professional welder for several years before attending Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge where he was enrolled in the diesel mechanic program.

Jake enjoyed bull riding, driving in demolition derbies, stock car racing, fishing, hunting, working on cars and engines, and his dog Skipper, and he had just begun raising coon hounds with his Dad.

Jake is survived by his parents, William and Debra Taggart, of Scranton; three brothers: Montana Taggart and his wife, Emily, of Jefferson, Jared Taggart and his girlfriend Laura Tweed, both of Ames, and Mani Jubell of Scranton; Jake's girlfriend Heidi Kiner of Grand Junction; his paternal grandparents, Leon and Donna Taggart, of Scranton; a nephew, Cody Taggart; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and many good friends.

Jake was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Maurice and Lorraine Dudley; his aunt Kristine Hoyt; and three cousins Ashlee, Grace and Charlotte.