Samuel P. Taliaferro, Jr.
Born July 12 1920 and passed away of natural causes Dec. 29 2011.
He is survived by his two sons, Hal and Wayne; his sister, Gloria Van Blarcom and her sons, Jay and Jeff; granddaughter, Tanya Vomacka and her sons, Spencer and Dylan.
He is preceded in death by his father, Samuel P. Taliaferro; his mother, Alice F. Taliaferro; and his brother, George Taliaferro.
Sam served in World War II as a decorated fighter pilot in North Africa and Italy. His love of the old War Birds lasted his entire life.
During his retirement Sam drove a bus for 20 years for Inyo-Mono Area Agency on Aging, or IMAAA. Twice a week he transported senior citizens to Bishop from Benton for shopping and appointments. Other days he delivered seniors to the Senior Center for their lunch and often delivered meals to those unable to attend. Sam also provided general bus transportation for the Bishop Mule Days [his favorite] celebration and the film festival in Lone Pine. Sam served Mono County as a commissioner on the White Mountain Fire Protection District, caring very much about emergency services provided to his community and the county.
Sam will be interred at the Riverside National Cemetery with military honors on Thursday, Jan. 12 in a private ceremony. There will be a celebration of his life and memorial at the VFW in Bishop from noon-3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13. All who knew him are welcome.
Hal and Wayne would like to thank the Bishop Care Center for the remarkable care and affection our father received during the last 20 months, he was very happy in their care.
In lieu of flowers a donation to ICARE of the Eastern Sierra animal rescue in Sam’s name would be appreciated.