Michael Vern Taft

August 2, 1941November 7, 2011

Michael Vern Taft 1941 ~ 2011

Michael V. Taft passed away November 7, 2011. He was born August 2, 1941 in Lehi, Utah to Vern Ivan and Utella Smith Taft. He married Dianne Thiese on October 29, 1960. Mike worked as a welder for the plumbers and pipefitters union for over forty years. He enjoyed gardening, pets, and was an avid drag racing fan. Mike is survived by his wife of fifty-one years Dianne, daughter JaNean Taft (Tom Dowland), son Bill Taft (Lori Green), grandchildren Rocky Taft (Michelle Baxter), Laci Gentry (Christian), great-grandchildren Gage Taft, Berkeley Gentry, Chanae Goodman, Ashton Baxter, great-great-granddaughter Kloie Goodman, mother Utella Taft, brothers Neil (Sandie) and Russell (Leslie) Taft, sister Cheryl Taft (Lance Wise). He was preceded in death by his father Vern Taft. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 11th at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City. A viewing will be held on Thursday from 6-8:00 p.m., and one hour prior to the services on Friday.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 10, 2011
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 11, 2011

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Amy Farnsworth

November 11, 2011

Dear Taft Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss seeing Mike waving to me when I am out and about in the neighborhood. I have so many memories of him as my neighbor for my entire childhood. He was always working in the yard or walking one of the dogs. He was always kind and friendly towards me. I will miss seeing him. All my love. Amy Montgomery Farnsworth

Amy Farnsworth

November 11, 2011

Dear Taft Family

Wayne & Annette Hawley

November 11, 2011

Dianne & Family,

Sorry for your loss and our thoughts are with you and your family. I first met Mike way back in the Jelco fab shop days and had the pleasure to work with for many years. We played a little golf and enjoyed many fun times with Mike.

We will never forget what a kind and gentle guy Mike was. We loved talking to him on the phone. We will miss those phone calls from him. He had such a great sense of humor and was so easy to tease.

Please know we are here for you Dianne, your loss we know is immeasureable. Our condolences are with you.

We will miss you so very much Mike..

Nanette Davis

November 10, 2011

JaNean, Dianne, and Family:

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart and my prayers are with you. I didn't know your father very well, but I know that he must have been a good man to have a wife like Dianne, and a daughter like my firend, JaNean. I have had great losses recently in my life, so I know the sorrow you are experiencing. Please let me know if there is anything at all I can do for you. May God bless you all!

Jenny Steadman

November 10, 2011

JaNean, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you or your family.

Danny & Chris Antoine

November 10, 2011

You'll never know how much I think of Mike. He was the nicest and goodnatured guy I know. I don't know why a guy like Mike can't live forever? Can't imagine knowing he's not with us anymore. I wish there was something magic I could say to his family to make the hurt stop! When I ran jobs...Mike would be the first I call. I love you buddy

Meela Tippetts

November 9, 2011

I'm sorry for your loss. Mike was a fun and loving uncle that always looked on the bright side. We will be thinking of your family during these hard time. He will be missed but never forgotten.
Ben and Meela Tippetts

Sandy Leon

November 9, 2011

JaNean & Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Please let me know if you need anything.