A tribute to Buckley's Doctor Tait

$1,295 of $18,400 goal

Raised by 19 people in 43 months
Don Partington
on behalf of LORAS GASSMANN
 BONNEY LAKE, WA
Let’s build the memorial

for trail ‘father’ Doc Tait

We need your help to make sure that the legacy Doug “Doc” Tait left for everyone in Pierce County, and especially for the community of Buckley, is never forgotten.

Your contribution toward our $18,400 crowdfunding goal will help us complete an already-designed memorial plaza in Buckley that will permanently honor Doc’s work as “the father of the Foothills Trail” and his 34 years of service as Buckley’s beloved town doctor.

Doc, who died in 2003 at the age of 76, loved to help people, and he loved his community.  He was a throwback doctor, readily making house calls to ailing patients who couldn’t make it to his office on Main Street.  He was the town’s emergency medic as well, keeping a fire department radio and rushing off to hop on the fire truck for any medical emergency.  He delivered generations of Buckley babies.

But Doc’s legacy extends far beyond Buckley.  When he saw crews removing the abandoned Burlington Northern Railroad tracks through the center of town, he immediately saw the potential for using the right-of-way as a recreational corridor, not just in Buckley but also through the Orting and Puyallup valleys to Tacoma.

Doc, along with his wife Donna, spent significant amounts of time and money promoting the idea of a rail-trail connecting the foothills communities.  He lobbied public officials and obtained support from national trails advocates.  He turned one of his examining rooms into an unofficial trail campaign office.  Out of his efforts grew the nonprofit Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition, which carried on the fight to build the trail.

Today’s popular Foothills Trail, extending 14.3 miles from east Puyallup to South Prairie, is so distinctive in its views of rivers, farmland and Mount Rainier that it has been designated as part of the National Recreational Trails System.  If all goes well, the trail will be connected to a segment in Buckley within two or three years, and eventually to King County’s trail system.

Doc Tait’s vision and tireless campaigning were instrumental in making today’s trail a reality.  The trail will promote healthy exercise and healthy communities for generations to come.  Let’s give Doc the memorial he deserves.
+ Read More
Cinda Hennigan
43 months ago

I and mom cleaned Doc Tait's house for years ....He was so awesome to work for....I hope this campaign goes through an is completed....he deserves much more...Sweet man....

+ Read More

$1,295 of $18,400 goal

Raised by 19 people in 43 months
Created May 24, 2015
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
   Connect
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
$100
Anonymous
38 months ago
PV
$25
Paula Visnaw
39 months ago

I am so thankful for your vision Doc Tait! I love to run, walk with friends and my dog, and bike on the trails! Can't wait for it to continue on both sides of Buckley hooking up to the trails beyond! :)

$100
Anonymous
41 months ago
BS
$105
Barbara Skinner
42 months ago

To know Doug was to love him! He's our Trail Godfather.

PH
$100
Phyllis Harnish
42 months ago

I use the trails from Gig Harbor past Orting. I have often wondered who was the brilliant person that made our trails a reality. I didn't know Doc, but I am definitely one of his benefactors! Thanks Dr. and Mrs. Tait

JC
$50
J contreras
43 months ago

Looking forward to the dedication.

$25
Anonymous
43 months ago
Cinda Hennigan
43 months ago

I and mom cleaned Doc Tait's house for years ....He was so awesome to work for....I hope this campaign goes through an is completed....he deserves much more...Sweet man....

+ Read More
or
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.