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August 29, 1946 ~ July 20, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Donald “Bumstead” Tafoya was born on August 29th, 1946 in
San Francisco. On July 20th, 2023 Donald passed away in
Sonoma peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family. The
baby boy of a family of 9, Donald was preceded in death by
mother and father Jo & Louie Tafoya, sisters Lois Wells, Vickie
Young, and brothers Richard and Johnny Boy Tafoya. Donald
was also preceded in death by nephew Michael Stephens, whom
he was very close to. Donald is survived by sisters Nanette
Gilbert and Carol Delagnes, and 18 nieces and nephews who
loved him dearly. Donald’s life will be remembered by his family
for years to come in the simple pleasures he enjoyed. Every
football season when the 49ers take the field; when the family
sits down to eat home cooked mexican food, especially
enchiladas and fresh tortillas; even at the annual county fair, where Donald loved to look at the
animals and indulge in a giant turkey leg. Donald’s friends and family take comfort in the fact
that he will once again be able to play fetch with his beloved dog, Lady, and have a plate of
Mama Jo’s cooking, something he spoke of fondly on a daily basis.
A celebration of life will be held on October 15, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at the Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma.