Ronald W. Taber
Dr. Ron Taber was born in Seattle Washington on March 10, 1942. He was raised in Cashmere, WA, the oldest of six children. The family worked their 20 acre cherry orchard and Ron raised Angus cattle. He loved farming, but the study of history stole his heart, and at the age of 26 he received his PhD from Washington State University in American Studies. During his younger years, Ron taught at Perdue and Ithaca colleges, worked in Governor Dan Evans’ administration, and began a construction company where he built apartments, churches, schools, and office buildings in Washington. He retired at the age of 38 and returned to raising Angus cattle in Olympia. He moved to a farm in the warm, sunny, state of Florida, gave up Angus cattle and raised St.Croix sheep.
Ron’s family attended the Assembly of God church, but during his college days Ron left the faith and considered himself an atheist. When Ron was 48 years old the Lord brought him back. All the years of denial were washed away in a moment. He attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida and was mentored by Dr. Ronald Nash. Ron lived his life for God and was a bold Christian, not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After seminary, Ron returned to Washington State politics, worked for the Christian Coalition, and ran unsuccessfully for State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) and then for Congress. His theme for the SPI campaign was “Let My People Go.” Ron was diagnosed with bladder cancer in October of 2000, at the age of 58. He struggled with this disease for four years. Ron was blessed with a beautiful singing voice and during his last hours, sang gospel songs with his wife, mother and sister. He fell into a peaceful asleep and was with the Lord on Sept 6, 2004. His life was a testimony to the power and mercy of God.