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Obituary: TAYLOR, EVERETT

Published: Monday, Dec. 22 2014 5:48 a.m. MST

Everett W. Taylor 1920 ~ 2011

Everett W. Taylor, loving husband, Dad, Grandpa, Brother-in-law, Uncle and friend passed away July 29, 2011 in Laguna Woods, CA surrounded by his family. Everett was born on June 14, 1920 in Goshen, UT to William and Nellie (Topham) Taylor. He spent his childhood on the family ranch learning lifelong lessons as a ranch hand and becoming the "Cowboy" we all got to know and love. As a teenager he perfected his musical talents in a band with cousins and uncles until in 1941 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He was stationed at Burton Wood Air Base in Warrington, England during World War II and there he met the love of his life, Ivy Whittle, whom he married on July 11, 1945. He brought his English bride back to Utah and they settled in Nephi. Everett worked many odd jobs in and around Juab County for the next several years including building trails on Mt. Nebo. He continued to pursue his love of music with the band playing at dances and taverns. He was in the Nephi Nebo Posse where he enjoyed riding with friends, being in the surrounding hills and mountains and riding in the Ute Stampede. They had three daughters, Janet, Darlene and Laura. He instilled in each of them a love of nature, the mountains, music and dancing. Many wonderful memories were made during family vacations and weekends camping with his parents, brothers and their families. A job with Granite School District brought the family to the Salt Lake Valley. He became the Head Maintenance Engineer at Granger High School. Shortly after moving to Salt Lake Everett and Ivy were invited to attend the Saturday night dances at Micky's Dance Hall where Everett was able to show off his dancing prowness. His dance card was always full and at Micky's they met some of their dearest friends. After Micky's burned down the group traveled to American Fork to dance at the Apollo. He and Ivy fell in love with the Uintah Mountains particularly the area around Lost, Lilly and Teapot lakes where they taught all the grandchildren the same love of nature and how to fish and hunt. Everett was a "Jack of All Trades" and could do nearly anything from fixing a car to building a shed, to making jewelry. He loved to play the Harmonica, Guitar and sing. Many an evening was spent around a campfire singing crazy, silly songs that he and Ivy had taught the family. No one will ever be able to sing the "Pig Song" like him. He taught his family more lessons about life than we can count. He was a jokester, storyteller, and flirt and had a wonderful sense of humor that immediately made people feel welcome and at ease. He is survived by his beautiful wife of 66 years, Ivy, daughters Janet Taylor of Orange, CA; Darlene Maes of Laguna Woods, CA; Laura Zumwalt (husband Wayne) of Rio Rancho, NM; grandchildren David Beers (wife Ari), Michael Beers, Troy Taylor, Kim Bock (husband Ron), Brett Zumwalt (wife Carol), Russell Zumwalt, great and great-great grandchildren, sister-in-law Shirley Taylor and family, sister-in law Helen Taylor, numerous nieces and nephews, great friend Ron Maes and many other extended family and friends who loved him. He is preceded in death by his parents, Willy and Nellie Taylor, and brothers Henry and Morris. A celebration of life will take place in Utah at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his honor to the Prostate Cancer Foundation http://www.pcf.org/EverettTaylor. "For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And what is to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and see God unencumbered? Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance." May you soar on Eagle's wings!