John William Talbott
April 22, 1922 — Feb. 1, 2013
John W. Talbott, 90, died peacefully in Davis, Calif. on Feb. 1, 2013. John enjoyed a very full life with his wife of 63 years, Shirlee Ludwig Talbott. Born in Los Angeles, John was raised in Claremont, Calif., before moving to Davis in 1940 to attend UC Davis.
John served in combat during WWII and was awarded several medals including a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. John was an athlete and an avid sports fan. Returning to UC Davis after the war with shrapnel still lodged in his leg John was instrumental in reforming the university’s track and field team, competing in the 100 and 220-yard dashes. A three year letterman in track, John was inducted into the UC Davis Aggie Hall of Fame in 1998, for his accomplishments and his contributions to Aggie athletics.
John was a member and long-time supporter of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, enjoying the friendships he developed during his college days up until his passing. John earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agronomy while attending UC Davis. He taught Crop Science for 10 years at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo before entering the seed business with Cargill in 1959. John was a proud supporter of California Agriculture and was a member of the California Seed Association for more than 40 years.
John and Shirlee joined the El Macero Country Club in 1963 where they both enjoyed the outdoor golfing lifestyle. John was an avid golfer and known to be a fun-loving man with a ready smile. Over the years he and Shirlee enjoyed many social activities with their dear friends and neighbors. He will be missed by many. John was preceded in death by his wife Shirlee and is survived by his daughter Wendy Morrell, son Bob Talbott, grandchildren Stacy, Erin and John, and three great grandchildren. There are no plans for a formal memorial service. Memorials donations can be made in his name to the Davis SPCA or the UC Davis golf team.