El Dorado County's Own Hollywood Legend Will Be Remembered for More Than Acting Work
Ralph Taeger photographed in 2011. (Style file photo by Dante Fontana)
Taeger was the owner of Taeger's Firewood and a local philanthropist who donated to many local charities and organizations, supporting schools and sports. He passed away March 11 at Marshall Hospital in Placerville after a lengthy illness.
Born in New York City, Taeger aspired to become an actor as a young man. He headed for Hollywood, where he appeared in several TV series and movies. His best known role was as Hondo (a role made famous by John Wayne), in the series of that name.
While writing a script set in Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, he fell in love with the area. The family moved to El Dorado County in 1983 and established Taeger's Firewood, a family business that continues still.