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Baker City, 1935-2017
Timothy LaVerne Taylor, 82, of Baker City, died Nov. 20, 2017, at his home.
There will be a visitation from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.. A second visitation is scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), 2625 Hughes Lane at Baker City. His funeral will be at noon Saturday, Nov. 25, at the LDS Church at Baker City. Bishop Tim Taylor will conduct the service. Afterward, a procession will lead family and friends to Mount Hope Cemetery at Baker City for the interment. There will be a reception afterward in the multipurpose room at the LDS church.
Tim was born on March 23, 1935, at Baker, three weeks premature and with the measles. He wasn’t expected to live, but his grandma got him to cry, wrapped him in a blanket and used the stove warmer as an incubator. He was the second child of Melvin Elwin and Ethel Pointer Taylor.
Timmy Taylor grew up in Baker and attended the Baker schools. When he was in first grade he contracted polio and missed a year of school. His aunts rubbed alcohol on his limbs to keep him from being paralyzed.
Taylor participated in sports, including basketball and football. He was on the football team when they played their first game in Bulldog Memorial Stadium. Tim moved to Hermiston with his Dad to finish High School with the Hermiston Bulldogs. Taylor was nicknamed “Little Goblin,” and during his time on the basketball team, Hermiston changed its mascot to the Goblins. Tim graduated from Hermiston High School in 1954.
Taylor married Marjorie Jean Hale in 1955 at Hermiston. They had five children. Later Tim joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the couple and their family were sealed together in the Manti Utah Temple.
They lived in several places, including Hermiston and Lane County, and finally settled at Cove. Tim was a mill worker for Boise Cascade at Elgin. He took a five-year hiatus to move to Los Alamitos, California, where he worked for McDonald-Douglas designing airplane windows. Tim retired from Boise Cascade after 20 years. Tim and Margie were divorced in 1982.
Tim married his current wife, Marian Maxine Bird, on September 17, 1988. Tim was a loving father to Marian’s four children. There was no “step” in his thinking.
Tim and Marian lived at Cove, Union, La Grande and Baker City. They ran a retirement home and were loving caregivers to several patients. They also finished raising Marian’s grandchildren: Jason and Amanda Naillon. Amanda graduated from college and is living with Marian in Baker City
Tim loved America and he loved the outdoors. Hunting and fishing with Grandpa was a special treat and usually generated a new funny story. Grandpa loved to hike and his kids knew they were in for a long one when Grandpa would say, “It’s just one more mile.”
He loved having wood heat and spent many, many hours getting wood. He had an uncanny sense of direction and could walk through the woods in the dark, directly into camp. Grandpa taught his grandkids to work and told them anything worth doing is worth doing right.
Tim’s kids and grandkids were his priority, and he would attend their ball games and activities whenever he could. He was proud of each of them.
Tim had a way of making everyone feel they were special to him. He loved everyone no matter what their status or situation. He loved the Gospel of Jesus Christ and studied and lived the Gospel faithfully. He will be greatly missed at home, at church and in the Baker Bulldogs’ stands, family members said.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Marian; nine children, Timothy M. Taylor (Eden Peacock) of Baker City, Les Taylor (Annette McBride) of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, Melanie Fronk (Kevin) of Kingwood, Texas, Michelle Robarge (Kevin) of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Nathan Taylor (Stephanie Schufelt) of Vancouver, Washington, Ron Naillon (Megan Ritter) of Kalkaska, Michigan, Jim Naillon (Trista) of Colorado, Christie Slack (Rick) of Union, and Jay Naillon (Melanie) of Issaquah, Washington; and 35 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two half-brothers, Eddy Richard Dailey and Elton Ray Dailey; and a sister, Catherine Clara Taylor.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814, to assist the family with the final arrangement expenses.
To light a candle in memory of Tim or to leave a condolence for the family, go to www.grayswestco.com.