Taylor Kent DeMUN, Capt. U.S.N. (Ret.) Born December 13, 1929 in Louisiana and died in Bigfork, Montana after a brief illness on August 28, 2007. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, LaVolla Mae, and is survived by his sister, Diana Blankenship of Bigfork and sons, Kory, Doug, and Eric, daughter, Nancy and 9 grandchildren. Captain DeMun graduated from the Oregon State University NROTC Program in 1952. Prior to entering the submarine service he served in Korea, participating in the battle of KOJO-DO. In 1954, his ship took part in the atomic bomb test at Eniwetok/Bikini Atolls and the subsequent re-location of the Marshallese people. He completed submarine school in 1956 and after a tour on a diesel submarine completed advanced nuclear power training in 1959. Captain De Mun served on POMODON, SCAMP, SNOOK, NATHAN HALE AND ANDREW JACKSON. He took part in five special missions and eight Polaris patrols (five in command). As Chief Engineer of SNOOK, he conducted the first operational test of the "sword" a system to minimize superstructure contamination from resin discharge at sea. Over his four year tour in command of the ANDREW JACKSON his ship had the highest officer retention rate in the submarine force, conducted the initial testing and first deployment of the BQR 15 towed sonar array and was one of the first ships to complete a refueling overhaul on schedule. As Training Officer of Submarine Squadron Eighteen, he originated crew training/qualification programs for reactor and nuclear weapon safety that resulted in a 100% operational safety board examination rate for the 20 submarine and submarine tender crews he trained. As Deputy Chief of Staff on COMSBLANT staff he oversaw the simultaneous introduction of the MK 48 torpedo and Poseidon Missile system into the Atlantic Fleet. Captain De Mun retired in 1978 and became the Exhibition Manager of the Seattle Trade Center. In 1983, he was nominated as the best convention service manager in the nation by Successful Meetings Magazine. He entered Marquis' Who's Who in the West in 1984. He retired again in 1989 and moved to Cannon Beach, Oregon, where he was active in county government and economic development. After his wife's death, he moved to Bigfork in 2006, and served as President of the Eagle Bend Homeowners Association. A Memorial Service will be held on September 29 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Bigfork. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Bigfork QRU, 810 Grand Ave., Bigfork, MT 59911.

Published in print on 9/14/2007.