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Lewis Taynton

Lewis Frederick Taynton

Tuesday, March 2nd, 1943 - Thursday, November 29th, 2018
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Lewis Frederick Taynton

Lew Taynton died on November 29, 2018, following a 14-month struggle with metastatic lung cancer.

Lew was born in Port Jervis NY on March 2, 1943 to Lewis C. and Laura (Craig) Taynton. As an Army brat, Lew lived in numerous locations around the U.S. and overseas in Austria, attending 5 different high schools along the way. He went to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis MD, graduating with a degree in electrical engineering, commissioned as an ensign in the class of 1964.

His Navy career included serving on 2 diesel submarines (USS Bang & USS Corporal) and a nuclear fast attack submarine (USS Hammerhead), as well as teaching at Submarine School in New London CT. He left the Navy in 1973 having attained the rank of Lieutenant.

As a civilian, he worked in nuclear power with Babcock & Wilcox (Lynchburg VA) for 5 years. In 1978 he moved to Science Applications Int’l Corp. (SAIC) (Oak Ridge TN) and did business development as well as several years as the Director of the American Museum of Science and Energy. In 1983 he moved to SAIC’s Corporate Office (McLean VA) continuing in business development and project management. In 1992, he moved to a horse farm in Sudley Springs VA, surrounded by the Manassas National Battlefield Park, with a longer commute to McLean. As a “gentleman farmer”, he became very involved as a volunteer with the Battlefield Equestrian Society. Lew entered semi-retirement in 1999 doing SAIC business development from the comfort of his recliner until shortly after his diagnosis in late 2017.

Lew married the former Diane Dzikas of Troy NY in 1967, and they recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary. They have two grown children: Alexandra (husband Mark) Moore of Oklahoma City OK and Christian (wife Holly) Taynton of Minneapolis MN. There are 4 grandchildren: Vera, Ava, Oliver, and Lucia.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lew’s memory to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation (155 East 55th Street Suite 6H, New York NY 10022) would be preferred.

Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

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    Arlington National Cemetery
    At a later date.


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Christine Appel-Bucierka

Posted at 06:24pm
Diane and family,
I am so sorry about Lew's illness and passing. He was such a wonderful and kind man. The Topaz Vaulters were very blessed to have enjoyed the years of use of the indoor arena for practices and activities. Diane, yours and Lew's gracious generosity was a blessing to the team for many years. I have so many happy memories of not only the vaulting, but of the enjoyable trail rides on Duke on the battlefield.

Love and prayers to you all.

Christine Appel-Bucierka

lew's illness


Posted at 01:02pm
I have lost a friend. We spent many years apart after College, but he always felt special. He was a good man. God Bless his family and memories.

Jack and Sherry Johnson

Posted at 04:37pm
Jack and I send love to you and your family at this hard time. I will remember Lew as a kind person who loved to visit the winerys in Virginia.

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