William Anthony Tasto

Doctor William Anthony Tasto passed away on April 2, 2021 in Jackson, CA. He was born on December 29, 1936 in Ross (Marin County) CA of parents, Mercedes (Tam) and Everett Tasto.  At the age of 5 after his parents divorced, he came to live with his maternal grandparents William and Lillian Tam in Jackson.  He attended Jackson Elementary School, Menlo School in Atherton, CA, and Stanford University. Then, he graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine in 1962. 

In 1960 he married the love of his life, Dee Anna Vela also of Jackson. William served in the US Navy and completed a residency in surgery in Fresno. William and Dee Anna would make Fresno their home for 30 years while he ran his surgery practice. William and Dee Anna would move back to Amador County in 2000 to enjoy their retirement.

He is survived by his brother, Tom (Mary) Tasto; nieces and nephews, Phillip, Rebecca, John, Russell; cousin, Susan Ghiglieri Sequeira; other nieces and nephews, Laurie Anne Vela, Kathy Coyle, Suzanne Vela, Richard (Tanya) Vela, Barry (Lori) Shackleton and James Vela; plus, several cherished grand nieces and nephews.

There will be a private graveside service at the Jackson Catholic Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, consider donations to A-Pal P.O. Box 190, Jackson, CA  95642, Interfaith Food Bank, 12181 Airport Rd., Jackson, CA or Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Counties, 1500 S. Hwy 49, Ste 205, Jackson, CA  95642.  Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.danerimortuary.com and signing the guest book.