Donald Lavor Taylor, age 81, passed away on September 20, 1998 in San Juan Capistrano, CA. at the home of his son surrounded by family.
He was born on November 5, 1916 in Ephraim, Utah, the eldest child of LaVor and Marguerite Taylor. He grew up in Ephraim. In 1935-1936 he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Crist of Latter-day Saints in Germany, where he also attended the Olympics and saw Jesse Owens win gold. Upon returning he attended college in Utah and obtained a Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University.He married Martha Fitzgerald of Draper, Utah. They later divorced. His career as a professor included positions at Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville), Colgate University, MaCalaster College and Randolph-Macon Women's College. He also worked for the Salt Lake City School District.
Throughout his life he was a marriage and family counselor, helping and changing the lives of many people. He authored numerous books, including "Love; Don't Live Without It" and "Marriage Counseling". After retiring as a professor, he enjoyed traveling, opera, playing bridge and playing with his grandson Brennan. For the last twelve years of his life, he lived with his son and daughter-in-law, Lavar and Lynda.
Don was a generous man, and he took great pleasure whenever good things happened to people he knew and loved.
He is survived by four children, Dianne May (Jim), Greenacres, Washington; Susan Taylor, Salt Lake City, Utah; A. Lavar Taylor (Lynda), San Juan Capistrano, California and Becky Heiss (Matt), Salt Lake City, Utah and three grandchildren, Joshua; Talia and Brennan. He is also survived by one brother, Zane S. Taylor (Beth), Orem, Utah and one sister, Margene Campbell (Bill), Folsom, California. He was preceded in death by his sister, Norma Lawrence.
Funeral services will be held on September 26, 1998 at 1 p.m. at the Ephraim North Ward Ephraim, Utah. Viewing will take place beginning two hours prior to funeral services.
For his family and friends in California, an open house in his memory will be held on Friday, October 2, 1998 beginning at 6 p.m. at the home of Lavar and Lynda Taylor, 26966 Calle Esperanza, San Juan Capistrano.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the LaVor and Marguerite Taylor Memorial Fund, Snow College, Ephraim, Utah.
WE LOVE YOU DAD!
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