John Whitaker Taylor, age 86, passed away on July 6, 1998 in Salt Lake City.
He was born on January 14, 1912 in Salt Lake City, the second child of John Marlow and Ida Taylor Whitaker Taylor. He married Grace Bernice Lewis on November 24, 1933 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She preceded him in death on April 16, 1987. He was also married to Nita Lee Drake and Tsai Pfaff.He attended schools in Salt Lake City and Cokeville, Wyoming, graduating from Cokeville High School in 1929. He served an LDS mission in the British Isles from 1930-1932. He embarked with his father in a dairy and restaurant venture in Green River, Wyoming. He attended the University of Utah for one and one half years before returning to the dairy. With family members he expanded the dairy and ice cream business in southwestern Wyoming, operating out of Rock Springs. He also engaged in the grocery business, an automobile dealership, and apartment and lodge rentals. Member of Lions Club. In 1955 he moved with his family to Salt Lake City where he continued in various business and investment opportunities. He was an excellent consultant, acccountant and bookkeeper.
John was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in bishoprics in Cokeville and Green River as a stake missionary, bishop in Green River, stake president of the Lyman Stake, and later in the Salt Lake area as ward clerk, stake mission president, high counselor, quorum and auxiliary teacher, and in various other capacities. He was an outstanding teacher of the gospel and a faithful home teacher. He engaged in genealogical and family history research throughout much of his life, and loved rendering service as a temple ordinance worker.
He was a avid reader, scriptorian, fisherman, saxophonist. He loved music, literature, swimming, horseback riding, and dancing.
He was most grateful for his heritage and family and took joy in their accomplishments.
He is survived by wife, Tsai, of Salt Lake; children, J. Lewis (Jon) Taylor, of Salt Lake City; Ann L. (Richard) Vehar, of Pueblo, Colorado; Marlene L. (Ron) Herrick, of Gladstone, Missouri; Ida Jean L. (Kay) Brooks, of Mapleton, Utah, now at MTC in Buenos Aires, Argentina; daughter-in-law, Diane B. Taylor; sister, Lois W. (Reed) Dayton, of Cokeville, Wyoming; brother, George W. (Helen) Taylor, of Salt Lake City; 30 grandchildren (one deceased) and 66 great grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces and other relatives. A son, Marlowe Lewis Taylor, two sisters, Elizabeth W. (Jeppson) and Nancy W. (Stevens) preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 10, in the East Mill Creek 16th Ward chapel, 3408 Celeste Way (3408 South 3075 East) at 12 p.m. Family and friends may call at a viewing Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Memorial Estates Mortuary, 5850 South 900 East in Murray and from 10:45-11:45 a.m. at the East Mill Creek 16th Ward chapel prior to the services. Burial will be in the Elysian Burial Gardens. Funeral Directors, Cottonwood Mortuary.
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