Obituary: TAYLOR, DIANE

Published: Thursday, July 31 2014 6:20 a.m. MDT

Diane Austin Dyatt Collins Taylor1941 ~ 2012My Dearest Friends,As I embark on my final cruise, I want to share the experiences of my life with you. Born in Burbank in 1941, I grew up near Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley and graduated from Reseda High School in 1959. I met Richard Dyatt at an Eastern Star dance and we married in February 1961. We had three sons, Dean Alan, Dwayne Eric and David Richard. During our time together, we lived mostly in Southern California but had an 18 month stint in Bonners Ferry, ID. During our marriage, we took many family vacations in the western United States and Canada. After attending various Christian churches with our little family, Richard, the boys and I were baptized into the LDS Church in January 1975. I loved working in the Relief Society, Young Women's programs and going to girl's camp. Most recently I've been working in the Draper Temple. With my love of travel, I became an agent and have traveled extensively to Europe, the Pacific and the Holy Land. Divorced from Richard after 28 years, I moved to Los Angeles and then to Lake Charles, Louisiana where I met Gene Collins and we married in April 2001. Gene and I enjoyed some world travel and our trips to hot rod shows to display Gene's T-Bucket roadster. After Gene passed away from cancer in 2005, I moved to Utah to be closer to my sons & their families. I met Hal Taylor at a square dance and after a brief romance we married in the Mount Timpanogos Temple in June 2007 and settled in Sandy, Utah. I've always enjoyed animals and the last few years I bred toy poodles. I loved my life in Utah and watching my grandchildren grow: Dean and Diane's son Michael, Dwayne's daughters Madyson and Jessica, David & Renae's children Jacob, Megan, Kaily and Lauren. I will miss all my family and wonderful friends. I'll be glad to see my parents Charles & Conetta (Ernest) Austin and my half-brother Lee (Bud) Austin again, but will miss my husband Hal Taylor, my brother Lynn Austin & his wife Linda and my half-sister Phyllis Blanton. I would be honored if you would join my family & friends at the LDS Chapel at 89 E. 11000 South, Sandy, Utah Tuesday evening 6-8 pm (viewing) Wednesday 9:30-10:45 am (viewing) before a celebration of my life at 11 a.m.Condolences may be left at SereniCare.com. In lieu of flowers, my family is accepting donations to the Diane Austin Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund.