H. Sprague Taveau IV

March 27, 1943April 19, 2021

H. Sprague Taveau was born on March 27, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and passed away on April 19, 2021 in Temple, Texas and is under the care of Scanio-Harper Funeral Home.

Funeral Service will be held on May 22, 2021 at 2:00 pm at First United Methodist Church, 102 N. 2nd Street, Temple, TX. Burial With Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

Donations in H. Sprague Taveau's memory can be made to First United Methodist Church, Temple.

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22 May

Funeral Service

2:00 pm

First United Methodist Church

102 N. 2nd Street
Temple, TX 76501


  • Burial With Military Honors


H. Sprague Taveau IV

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Ashley Ledger

May 6, 2021

One of the best doctors I ever had the privilege to work along side. He taught me a lot about wound care. I appreciated his defense of me over the years against the mediocre minds that we encountered. I will miss his calls, his stories, and jokes. Soldier, doctor, father, and grandfather, all of which he was an expert! Thanks for everything!

Sara Apsley Ambriz

May 4, 2021

Medical conventions & my 2nd 'go round' on the Board of TxACOFP were always more enjoyable for the company of Sprague & Jean. He was a medical, professional & personal role model. Our profession has lost a pillar.

Melinda Wilhite

May 4, 2021

I have many good memories while working with Dr. Taveau at the wound care center. Dr. Taveau was always patient, smiling and willing to teach. He often expressed how he truly enjoyed doing what he did, and it truly showed. I will truly miss him. My condolences to Mrs. Jean and family.

Melinda Wilhite BSN, RN

Pam Ruoff

May 3, 2021

I worked with Dr. Taveau for many years as a graduate of PCOM and as a member and president of the PCOM Alumni Association. Dr. Taveau was a joy and pleasure to everyone and a sincere, kind and caring man. I carry so many wonderful memories of Dr. Taveau that will never leave. Dr. Taveau was truly a great man in every aspect.
My sincere sympathies to Jean and his family.
Pam Ruoff


April 28, 2021

I was an Intern with Sprague at Madigan Army Medical Center in 1977. I later met his son Jon who followed his father into the Osteopathic Profession. Sprague had prior service and higher rank because of his Vietnam service and at that time he had a chest full of medals. He was a leader throughout his Family Practice Residency I later ran into him at the National AOA convention in Honolulu in 1978. We enjoyed a meal at the Canon Club , a historic Officer's Club overlooking Honolulu. He was a leader wherever he went and Texas was lucky to claim him in his last years.
Robert Stockburger DO, FACOG

Richard Nelson

April 27, 2021

Dr.(Lt. Col Retired) Horatio Sprague Taveau IV, I knew him as Six (6).
The radio call sign of the commander of A Company 2nd Battalion 7th Cavalry, First Air Cavalry Division. I was one of his Platoon Leaders. I consider myself blessed that he was my Captain. He was always in command of the situation during our firefights. He took care for the lives of his men. During his tour as Six, none of his soldiers were killed. He was mighty proud of that fact. Nevertheless, we saw combat regularly and there were many of us wounded. He provided two leadership principles that I follow to this day. “If you have a crisis of your own doing, or you inherit a crisis, it is your responsibility to take action and fix it.” The second principal: “take care of your people and they will take care of you “ We have lost a great man and I have lost a great and caring teacher. Good night sweet prince may choirs of angels sing thee to thy rest.

Barry Wolcott

April 26, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of your loss,

Sprague was a good friend, a valued colleague, and a fine soldier. His work in modernizing medical support at the medical company level during his time as Division Surgeon of the 9th ID at Fort Lewis, Washington, saved the lives and limbs of many service members of all services during combat operations since 9-11.

Please let me know the date of his interment at Arlington, as I would like to pay him my profound respects.

Barry Wolcott

Ronald Blanck

April 26, 2021

Jean and family- Donna and I send our heartfelt condolences on your loss. Sprague was a terrific physician and military officer- he set the standard for a military physician. I have many memories of getting together with you and him at Army functions, PCOM events and meetings in Texas. I know him to have been a great husband, father and to me, a great friend. I’ll miss him.

Kenneth and Shirley Bayles

April 26, 2021

Dear Jean,
We are so sorry for the passing of Sprague.
Our profession lost a great physician and mentor, and we lost a dear friend.
Our sincere condolences to you and your family.
Ken and Shirley Bayles

Jon & Nancy Wallenius

April 26, 2021

My dear friend and combat brother you will always be in my heart. You are a piece of my being. Our time together in Vietnam forged a closeness that has endured and has shaped the man I have become. You may have cast off your mortal being but you are with us all in small and large ways that will be passed along to our wives children and grandchildren. I will see you on Fiddlers Green. Garry Owen Sir!