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Obituary for Lawrence Eugene Taylor

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Lawrence Eugene Taylor

March 8, 1927 - June 26, 2011

Lawrence Eugene TaylorOGDEN- Our father, Lawrence Eugene Taylor, started his last journey on June 26, 2011 in Ogden, Utah at age 84. His life journey started on the Nez Perce Indian reservation in Lapwai, Idaho on March 8, 1927.He was an enrolled member in the Nez Perce tribe “Ni Mii Pu”, a heritage of which he was extremely proud. His grandmother, Tinikama, was born in a cave on the Idaho side of the Snake River in 1844. She traveled with Chief Joseph as he tried to outrun the Union Army trying to move them to the reservation. Because she never learned English, he had to learn the Nez Perce language to communicate with her. He learned Nez Perce history at her bed side. As a youngster he learned to fish and hunt which he loved to do throughout his adult life. He attended schools on the reservation taking a brief detour to serve in the United States Navy during the last years of WWII. During that time his duty took him all across the Pacific theater doing various jobs aboard ship and on the islands of the Pacific. He returned home after the war and returned to school, graduating in 1949.He worked as an auto mechanic, a heavy equipment operator and farm equipment operator until 1951 when he received a post card from President Truman that said “Greetings and Salutations” calling him back into the Navy to serve during the Korean Conflict. He served as a cook aboard the troop transport ship General Anderson which transported troops from Japan to Korea to fight and returned the dead home for burial. He made 10 round trips to Japan during that time. Once released from the Navy again, he returned to northern Idaho to hunt, fish and work for various famers. Finding that farming was not for him, he joined the United States Air Force to begin yet another journey in his amazing life. He attended training in Illinois and Texas before being stationed in Louisiana where he met and married his wife of 52 years Rachel. In 1967 he was sent to Vietnam and was there for a year before returning to the United States where he was stationed at Mountain Home A.F.B. in Idaho. He retired from the Air Force in July of 1973 with the rank of Master Sergeant. After retiring he relocated to Blackfoot, Idaho where he was head of the hospital maintenance department. He went back to school and became a typewriter repairman and that new career took him to New Mexico and Nevada, finally returning to Idaho where he retired in the 1980’s. Larry and Rachel raised 4 daughters and 1 son, Annie (Stephen) Allendorf, Florida, Brenda (Calvin) Kraus, Idaho, Michael (Terri) Taylor, Nevada, Vera Taylor, Idaho, and Sue (Arland) Pearce, Utah. He had 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren and he loved them all very much. Larry and Rachel moved to Ogden Utah in 2001 due to declining health and to be closer to family. Rachel preceded him in death on June 24, 2005. He was devoted to our mother and to all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a good friend and a gentle soul who never shied away from helping people. He was a proud member of his tribe, a warrior for his country and so much more than can be told in this space. We love you Daddy and will miss you always. Graveside services will be Friday, July 1, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd. Friends may meet family Friday, July 1, 2011 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden. Military Honors will be accorded at the graveside. In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to the National Parkinson Foundation Inc. 1501 N.W. 9th Ave/Bob Hope Drive, Miami, Florida, 33136-1494 Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, July 1, 2011

Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, July 1, 2011

Time: 3:00 pm -

Washington Heights Memorial Park


4500 Washington Blvd , , Ogden, UT,

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Born: March 8, 1927
Died: June 26, 2011

Condolences for Lawrence Eugene Taylor

a sister posted on 8/6/11

mu THOUGHT ARE MY OWN. i JUST FEEL SORRY THAT CERTAIN PEOPLE WERE SO GREEDY. MY MOTHER WOULD TURN OVER HERE GRAVE. i LOVE YOU AND Mama very muvh. I will miss y'all very much.Maybe one day in Heavean thing will be straighen out. Never doubt my love. Gor 10yrs. I took care of certain people and stood in front of them at certain times.I wish well wishedand love to all.


Sue posted on 7/6/11

Daddy,Being with you for the last three years has been a pleasure for me. You had a great sense of humor and an impish grin. The last week was the most agonizing time of my life...but I would not have missed it for the world. I will always remember the way you would pick me up when I was little and rub your five o'clock shadow against my face, I would laugh and scream because your wiskers hurt and tickled at the same time. Thank you for allowing me the privledge of being your companion these last years. I love you and miss you more than I can say.Sue


Vera posted on 7/5/11

Daddy, it gives me such a great sense of pride to have people say, "you are just like your father". I will try to be more like you in all of my life dealings. You have touched so many more people than you or anyone will ever know. I love you and miss you now and always. Thank you so much for being my Daddy.


David J Barnes posted on 7/5/11

I met Larry through his son Mike Taylor in the ealy 1970's in Mountain Home Idaho. I enjoyed knowing Larry through the years and would love to talk and listen to him when ever he came to visit Mike and his family. Larry always had kind things to say and great stories. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. I am proud to have known Larry and I am with his family in thought at this difficult time.David J Barnes


Michael E. Taylor posted on 7/4/11

I would like to thank everyone who came to my Dad's services.It means alot to myself and all of my sisters that you came. And to the one's that wanted to come but could not,you were there with us.We will all miss him more than we can express.Many thanks to Leavits Mortuary and to to the Honor Guard from Hill AFB. Thanks again. Gods speed Dad,I love you.


cheyenne shiver posted on 7/4/11

i love papaw!!!!! wish i could have seen more of u but i will remember the time that i spent the summer with u and granny ;)


Joan Clark Mann posted on 7/1/11

Wishing the family strength and peace as you celebrate the rich and loving life of Mr. Taylor. I am thankful for his life and thankful for his grandson who has become my son-in-law.


Norma and Cleo Camphouse, Steve, Cherryl Dahquist, Gary , Kennet posted on 6/30/11

We are so sorry for your loss, we Love Larry dearly and will miss him until we see him again. Please know that you are in our hearts and we will greave with you. Our prayers are for you all. if you need to talk or cry let us know we can do both of these with you all.we love youNorma, Cleo,Steve, Cherryl, Gary, Ken, Paul


Keven posted on 6/30/11

Vera,Been thinking of you all week. Hope you are finding some peace in going through your Dad's memories with your family. Keep in mind, this is a celebration of his life, not his passing. Take care, Keven


Caroline R. Plumlee posted on 6/30/11

May God Bless your Father and let us sincerely thank him and his family for his selfless service to our country. We are forever grateful for all he had done for us.


rachel Matthews posted on 6/30/11

Dear Papaw,I am so proud to have been your grandaughter. You were the sweetest most loving man. I will miss calling you and listening to your war stories.Although we were miles apart, you were always in our hearts!I am so thankful that we made the trip to Louisiana to see you even though it was too short. I am so glad my husband and children got to spend that time with you! I wil miss you so much Papaw, please give Granny a big hug for me.Rest in Peace<3Love,Rachel Ann, Kenny,Kaitlin,Emily,and Kevin


Michelle posted on 6/30/11

Thank you Papaw for sharing all your memories with Marv, I and the girls.. We shall forever cherish what you have taught us. You were the kindest gentlest soul a person could be. I am grateful to have had you as a grandfather. I'm am proud to be your granddaughter.. Fly free Papaw. We love you !!!!


kristian bowler posted on 6/30/11

thank you for sharing your loved ones story of his amazing life.i am proud to be native american and the mother of a marine.sorry for your loss.


Nadine Peterson posted on 6/29/11

Vera,I'm so sorry to hear about your Father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Leo & Lynn Smith posted on 6/29/11

Sorry to hear of Lawrene passing it sounds like he had a full life filled with great people. Leo & Lynn Smith Lapwai, Idaho


Carleen Bare posted on 6/29/11

Dear Vera, I am sorry for your loss. It sounds like your Dad was a really great guy. Carleen


Dave & Debbe Sadler posted on 6/29/11

Vera, We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. His memory will remain through the many people who's lives he touched. The obituary was a beautiful tribute to a great man.


DENISE SANDAU JENSEN posted on 6/29/11

Sue & Vera,So sorry for the loss of your father....Your families will be in our thoughts and prayers.Denise Sandau JensenKathy Sandau BenhartRichard & Rosemary Sandau


Melody R. posted on 6/28/11

Daddy is fishing with the "Man Upstairs". You and your family are in my prayers.