Peter Taggart Obituary

Peter W. Taggart
Peter W. Taggart

May 7, 1946 - August 18, 2020
Born in Des Moines, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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On Tuesday, August 18, 2020, shortly after 5 p.m., Peter Taggart left this world to join his wife, Carol, for their next great adventure. Pete’s children, Libby and Colin, were at his side as he breathed his last. He was 74.

Pete was born on May 7, 1946 in Des Moines, Iowa to H. Robert and Bernadine (Williams) Taggart. He attended Roosevelt High School in Des Moines where some of his fondest memories were singing in choirs and musicals. Even on his deathbed, he fondly recalled playing Enoch Snow in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel at Roosevelt, quoting lines from “When the Children are Asleep.”.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1968. While at Coe, he continued his love of singing, which ultimately led him to meet his wife, Carol (Meyer). Pete became a member of Lambda Xi Alpha where he made friendships that endured throughout his life.

Pete earned his MBA from DePaul University in Chicago. While in Chicago, he worked for Morton Salt, where he learned the fundamentals of business as well as the extraordinary, like watching a rabbi bless the giant mountains of kosher salt in the warehouse. After moving back to his hometown with Carol, Pete went on to earn two master’s degrees, one in History and in English. After working in teaching, real estate and marketing for many years, Pete rediscovered his passion for teaching and became a professor of history at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. While he was teaching, he also ran a business consultancy where he helped many struggling companies rebuild.

Pete loved all sports, but baseball most of all. He was a lifelong Dodgers fan (with the Cubs a close second) and even developed a baseball statistic, TAG. His statistic was used by major league players in salary negotiations and was for a while a regular feature in the Sporting News.

Being a member of the Des Moines Scottish Rite brought Pete immeasurable happiness and friendship.

Pete was someone who made fast friends wherever he went. By the end of a cab ride, he and the driver would be on a first name basis, laughing together over shared stories. He was insatiably curious about literature, history, learning and people. His advice to his students was, “tonight, on your pillow, ask yourself, what did I do to make things a little better today than yesterday?”

Pete’s main joy in life was his family: his wife Carol, daughter Libby (Elisabeth) Singh and son Colin Taggart. He passed on to them his incredible humor, curiosity and love of life. He deeply loved his brother, Bob, and was thankful for the time they spent together.

Pete was preceded in death by his wife, Carol, his father, H. Robert, and mother Bernadine. He is survived by his children, Libby (Jaideep) and Colin (Angie), his brother Bob (Rhonda), and grandchildren Micah, Emery and Benny. A celebration of life will be held sometime in the summer of 2021. If you would like to send cards or sympathies, please email for directions.

We love you and miss you. Be careful crossing streets and don’t talk to strangers.




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