Nolan Riley Taylor was welcomed home to Heaven on May 3, 1998.
He was born February 13, 1917, to Riley Edmund and Jane Elizabeth (Bessie) Kinghorn Taylor, and spent his youth on the family farm in Farr West, where he was taught the value of hard work well done. This work ethic was the banner of his earthly existence. Never was a friend, neighbor or family member in need of help without Nolan being first in line to offer assistance, no matter what kind of relief or labor was required. He was blessed for the greater part of his life with good health and physical strength. He never grumbled or complained about hard work or the trials that earthly life entails.Nolan met his eternal sweetheart on November 8, 1942, and claimed that as his birthday from that moment on. He always said he had never really lived until he met Beth. They were married June 8, 1944 in the Salt Lake Temple.
Nolan and Beth brought unmeasured happiness to audiences throughout the Ogden valley with their beautiful music, he with his clear Irish tenor voice and she at the piano. They performed at countless church services, weddings, funerals, civic and school functions. Making sweet music together was a major focus of their life together.
Nolan spent his professional career teaching and serving as a principal in the Weber County and Ogden City Schools. Many of his students have commented through the years that he was their all-time favorite teacher. He loved children and loved teaching. The most fulfilling moments of his life as a teacher occurred when students caught the vision of a concept being taught and looked up with twinkles in their eyes and grins from ear to ear.
Nolan's greatest joy and proudest accomplishment was his family. He taught each of us to be hard-working, honest and loyal. He had an unwavering testimony of Jesus Christ and served Him by serving others. He had a positive influence on each life he touched because he was quick to point out the good in others and encouraged each of us to stretch a little higher and to give the best effort we could offer. His influence as patriarch in the family will be forever remembered and honored.
Nolan is survived by his loving wife, Beth; three children and nine grandchildren: Maribeth (Mark) Bower, Josh, Amanda and Kellie, of Bountiful; Laura (Michael) Sanders, Sean, Cassie and Christopher, of Holladay; Fred (Diane) Taylor, Stephen, Brian and Kristin, of Roy. He is also survived by a sister and brother, Zesa Geisler of Ogden; Brian Taylor, of Farr West. His parents, his sister, Lola Wells, and grandson, Aaron Bower, preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 9, 1998 at 11 a.m. in the Val Verda Stake Center, 2600 South 500 West, Bountiful. Viewing will be Friday, May 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lindquist Bountiful Mortuary, 727 North 400 East, and Saturday 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the stake center. Burial will be in the Bountiful City Cemetery.
Nolan had a soft spot in his heart for Primary Children's Medical Center because of the loving years of care they gave to Aaron. He would have been delighted if, in lieu of flowers, his friends and family would send donations there in remembrance of his life.
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