John Tate was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 19, 1932 to John D. and Lora (Parker) Tate, and died in Claremont, on May 24, 2019.
He and his family first migrated from Alabama to Texas before settling in Southern California, primarily in Claremont. He was a devoted husband to Janet Jordan (also of Birmingham) for 58 years until her death in 2013. They had two sons, Paul and David, who attended Claremont public schools.
Claremont resident Douglas O. McGoon III died Friday, May 24 at home, with his son Greg McGoon and longtime friend Anne Seltzer at his side.
Mr. McGoon loved gardening, raising ducks, cooking, music, art and fun: he could be spotted sliding down stair rails at the Colleges, shooting pool, tossing an occasional basketball and, most recently, playing Pétanque on Sundays in the park with the Claremont group. He surfed, hiked, and even skydived with son Greg. Quick to say “yes” to adventure, he traveled across the United States, Africa, Europe and more. Most of all, he enjoyed people, and was a dedicated friend to many.
To get a sense of Ellen Taylor’s prodigious gifts as an organizer and persuasive advocate, her husband, Marshall Taylor, offered a telling memory from the couple’s early days living in the tiny Nevada town of Tonopah, where he was stationed with the US Air Force.
“Ellen’s academic background was in sociology and social work,” Mr. Taylor said.