Dick Harmon: Former BYU basketball star Alan Taylor dies after long battle with diabetes

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  • Buffalo1 McLean, VA
    April 22, 2014 1:51 p.m.

    Another BYU legend passes on to join Cosic, Christensen, Garrick, and others who have departed altogether too soon. Take care, big fella, and thanks for the memories.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    April 22, 2014 11:32 a.m.

    Condolences and Best Wishes to his family. I remember Alan pretty well from being on the sidelines in those years as a photographer. Nice guy.

  • River Coug Fort Mohave, AZ
    April 22, 2014 11:16 a.m.

    I was grateful to see your name on the byline, Dick, because I knew that you would cover this story in a more personal and intimate way than others could.
    I remember Alan from my freshman year, 1977-78. He was tough and tenacious.
    As others have mentioned, he was still very young. It's great to hear that he joined the church and became a bishop.
    My prayers and condolences to the family.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    April 22, 2014 8:47 a.m.

    Pray for his family. We need more like him.

  • Max Upstate, NY
    April 22, 2014 4:43 a.m.

    "Where would they be without Alan Taylor!" I remember those words from a sportscaster during an NCAA Tournament game. All of the other players were cold as could be and Taylor kept getting rebounds and putting it back up and in. He was the only who didn't seem intimidated. He carried the team that day. Some great memories from when I was at BYU. Sad that he was so young. My condolences to his family.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2014 9:17 p.m.

    Alan improved markedly every year. I really respected that.

    God bless his lives ones.

  • Alpiner Alpine, UT
    April 21, 2014 9:01 p.m.

    One of the best lines from Alan Taylor was when he got a technical during one of the Utah games. He and Tom Chambers were banging on each other in the post and the ref called Taylor for a foul. He said to the refs something like, come on this is a mans game!

    Condolences to his family and friends.

  • kitsutsuki South Jordan, Utah
    April 21, 2014 6:05 p.m.

    As a student at BYU in the mid to late 70's, I really enjoyed watching Alan play. Thanks for all you did for BYU!

    Sad to have some of the athletes I grew up with (Todd Christensen and now Alan Taylor) leave us at such a young age. Wishing the best for his family and loved ones.

  • Balan South Jordan, Utah
    April 21, 2014 5:56 p.m.

    I remember Alan Taylor well. In fact, just the other day I was talking to my boys and mentioned him as one of the better big men I have ever seen play at BYU, not knowing that he would soon by gone. It was a shock to see this article just now.

    God bless his family and comfort them at this difficult time.