Donald Sherman Taylor, Sr. (Don) 88, most recently of Fort Collins, CO, passed away March 13. Don was born on March 7, 1932 to David Guernsey Taylor and Dolores Sherman Taylor. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, stepfather, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother, and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Betty Jean (Austin) Taylor, daughter Diana, and brother David.
He is survived by his wife Barbara, sister Dolores Green (and husband Norm), sons Donald, Jr. and Dewayne, grandson Dan Taylor, granddaughters, Amy and Mary Taylor, Casey Jean and Caitlyn Taylor, great-granddaughter Sianni Taylor, as well as Barbara’s family, stepdaughter, Gail Hoffman (husband, David), stepson Bradford Lovelace (wife, Kelley), grandchildren Bethany DeHamer (husband, Brandon), Stephen Hoffman (wife, Chelsea), Paige and Eve Lovelace, great-grandchildren, Scarlett and Violet DeHamer, Andrew and Henry Hoffman.
Don graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a Bachelor of Engineering, and was recruited into the Navy where he specialized in Naval Ordnance and served both Active Duty and in the Reserves, stationed at the base in Indian Head, MD. He retired as a Captain.
Don and Betty Jean, along with Barbara and her first husband, Bob (Lovelace), were friends at National Baptist Church, Washington, DC, even before Barbara and Bob were married, and maintained that friendship through the years. When both Don and Barbara lost their spouses to cancer, before even reaching retirement, it was a story worthy of a Hallmark movie when they fell in love and married in 1995. Don and Barbara retired to Arizona and enjoyed quite a bit of travel including such places as China and Alaska. They moved to Colorado in 2017 to be near family.
Don regularly served in the churches they attended, both in Maryland and Arizona. He was a prolific reader and loved Sudoku puzzles.
Don’s ashes will be interred in the family plot in Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. Services will be scheduled at a later date. Donations can be made to Pioneers Missionaries, Greg & Clarisa Rhodes, online at https://give.pioneers.org/p-75-give-to-a-missionary-or-project.aspx (please include their account number, 111158) or by mail to Pioneers, 10123 William Carey Dr., Orlando, FL 32832, again with their account number.