Eugene “Gene” G. Taatjes 73, formerly of Raymond, Died Wednesday Feb 5,2020 at Ormoc Doctors Hospital, Leyte Phillipines. His ashes are to be spread on the ocean by his family as he wished.
Gene was born on August 2, 1946 the youngest son of Harold and Anna (Asche) Taatjes.
He attended Raymond High School and went on to receive his degree in Electronic Engineering from South Dakota State University. While working in California he was bitten by the sailing bug. He designed and built his own cement sailboat in his back yard at Huntington Beach.
He left on his sailing adventure to Tahiti, Australia, settling in Phuket Thailand and the Philippines. He will leave on his final journey from Kalanggman Island in the Philippines.
He is survived by his wife, Marivic; children: Thomas, Nicola, Robert, Liam and Mackie; brothers: Elroy, John and Daryl.
He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends he made on his journeys.