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Born: Jul 27, 1929

Date of Passing: Nov 19, 2020

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July 27, 1929 - November 19, 2020

Don was born the third of six boys on the farm at Argyle to Cerce and Eva Taplin and peacefully passed at Stonewall Hospital at the age of 91.
He attended school in Grassmere, Argyle and completed Grade 12 at Stonewall High School in 1947.
Don and Muriel (Griffin) were married August 8, 1953 and moved to Stonewall, where they built their new home and buildings used for their livelihood. He is survived by his beloved wife Muriel, daughter Donna (Larry Carlson), sons, George (Marie) and Murray (Bev) and grandchildren, Hans (Jenelle), Erick (Nicole), Adam (Sara), Matthew (Bryana), Justin (Holly), Evan (Meghan), Tyler, Alex, Robyn, Brett and Kaitlyn as well as 13 great-grandchildren. Also survived by two brothers, Fred (Elaine) and Ken (Sharon), sisters-in-law, Shirley and Audrey. He was predeceased by son Keith (survived by Kyla) and brothers, Orval, Ray (Elza) and Lloyd.
The Griffin family was an important part of his life. Surviving are sisters-in-laws, Ruth Gee, Gwen Griffin, and Jean Griffin. Predeceased by parents-in-law, Reg and May Griffin, and brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim Griffin, George Griffin, Elsie (Ross) McDonald and Bill Gee.
As a young man, Don belonged to the Stonewall Grain Club and represented Manitoba at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair in seed judging. He travelled western Canada purchasing grass seed for Federal Grain and later worked on grain elevator construction. He eventually started his own business in Stonewall doing landscaping, snow removal and excavation as well as giving driving lessons and driving school bus. Don was a self-taught craftsman. He was skilled at wiring, plumbing, welding, carpentry, mechanics, and wood working. He enjoyed being a member of the Rocklands Antique Club. He was an avid reader of nonfiction. He loved to learn, had an incredible memory, and enjoyed exploring Manitoba in particular. Trees were a passion. He enjoyed planting them on his properties and transplanting for others. He was also a member of the Manitoba Woodlot Association.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to South West District Palliative Care, Inc., Box 1282, Stonewall, MB R0C 2Z0 or a charity of your choice.
Heartfelt thanks to South West District Palliative Care and the Stonewall and District Health Centre.

Ken Loehmer Funeral Services

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 28, 2020

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • We are so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. We have enjoyed our chats through the spruce trees and all the help and advice Don gave us when we first moved to Stonewall. Our hearts and prayers are with you. Garry and Dawn Mitchell. - Posted by: Dawn Mitchell (Neighbors ) on: Dec 04, 2020

  • My condolences to the Taplin Family. I worked with Mr. Taplin for over 20 years with the school division. It was always a great pleasure to sit down and listen to his thoughts, experiences and advice. He was extremely competent in his business life ,honest and his work was always first class. I will miss him. - Posted by: Pat Lennox (Friend) on: Dec 01, 2020

  • Extending our deepest sympathy to Muriel, Donna & the Taplin family on the passing of Don Taplin. So very sorry he passed away. Rest easy Don knowing that the seedlings and seeds that were planted throughout your lifetime will continue to bring shade (and precious memories) to future generations! Thinking of you all during this sad and difficult time. Wishing you all peace and comfort in the days ahead! Ollie Carlson and Lynda Ruban - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (sister-in-law) on: Nov 30, 2020

  • We extend our deepest sympathy Muriel, Donna, George, Murray and all your family on the loss of your beloved husband, father and grandfather. Colin & Darleen Cameron - Posted by: Colin Cameron (Friend) on: Nov 29, 2020

  • So long to such a kind man. I always looked forward to running in to him and Mrs. Taplin uptown at Quarry Days. Sending love to the Taplin family. - Posted by: Dawn Pull (friend) on: Nov 28, 2020

  • I am saddened to see that Don, “Mr Taplin” has passed he was my bus driver as a child. A great man with a lot of heart and patience, condolences to the family on their loss.💙 - Posted by: Colleen Riddoch (Student rider) on: Nov 28, 2020

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