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Jack W Taylor returned to his heavenly home Thursday, March 18, 2021 in American Fork, Utah, at the age of 92. He was born January 15, 1929, in Wallsburg, Utah to Wayne Clark (Jake) and Emeda Gardner Taylor. He married Gweneth Harmon June 3, 1950 in Wallsburg. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple.
Jack graduated from Wasatch High School in 1947 and completed an apprenticeship at Trade Tech in Orem, Utah. Jack worked road construction for several years, then for Geneva Steel as a gandy dancer, railroad car repair, and then as a boilermaker. His career with Geneva lasted 37 years. After retirement Jack couldn’t sit still for long and began driving the special needs school bus for the local school district. He loved that job.
He was a great example of hard work and service and was frequently found helping or visiting others. If you couldn’t find dad, you knew he was either working, farming, or serving others. He spent many years coaching and supporting Pleasant Grove baseball in all it facets and had a special love for the Pleasant Grove High baseball program. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in many callings, including Bishop. He and Gweneth were able to fulfill a lifelong dream of serving a mission together at the Cody, Wyoming Visitor Center. In his later years he became a ‘snowbird’ and spent his winters in St. George.
Jack is survived by Jenavie (Chris) Brandt, Barbara (Scott) Webb, Elaine (Gary Severtson) Damato, Dixie (Verlyn) Ashton, Meda (Ric) Clark, Wayne (Amy) Taylor, 16 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and brother Ted (Sheral) Taylor. Preceded in death by wife Gweneth, son Sam (Laura) Taylor, grandson Ryan Brandt, son-in-law James Damato, and siblings Dot Simmons, Kent Taylor, and Bliss Taylor.
Thank you to the staff and residents at Bel Aire Senior Living who welcomed dad with open arms and became part of his family. He loved living there. Thank you also to Yarrow Hospice for the compassionate care in his last days.
Private family services will be held Friday, March 26, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Pleasant Grove Ninth Ward Chapel. Family and friend may attend the viewing from 9:00 - 10:45 a.m prior to the services. Due to Covid 19 concerns, please wear a mask and social distance. For those who would like to watch the live stream from home, please follow the link provided above. Interment will be in the Wallsburg Utah Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.
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