Fredrick (Fritz) Grant Taylor, 88, of Pocahontas, Ark., died Dec. 13, 2000. He was born April 23, 1912, in Payson to parents Dick Richard and Angela (Belluzzi) Taylor.
Mr. Taylor was a life-long resident of Payson until he moved in 1995 to Arkansas. He was born on the Diamond H Ranch below the Doll Baby Ranch.
The cowboy way of life was Mr. Taylor's way. His time was spent around horses, cattle and other cowboys, whether he was rodeoing, roping, ranching, or just shootin' the breeze down at the Bee Line CafHe also was fond of a good prank.
For many years, Mr. Taylor was an active member of the Payson Rotary Club and the Payson Roping Club.
In the late 1950s, Mr. Taylor and his wife, Cleo, built the Diamond Dart Motel in Payson, which they owned and operated for many years. The motel later became the Charleston Inn, and is currently Budget Inn Suites.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Cleo Taylor, of Pocahontas, Ark.; one grandson, Wyle Greer of Pocahontas, Ark.; one granddaughter, T.J. Taylor of Maynard, Ark.; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Donita Taylor on Oct. 4, 2000, and three brothers and one sister.
Graveside services were held Friday, Dec. 15 at Park Cemetery in Smithville, Ark.
Payson-area friends and family are invited to a memorial service and potluck at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22 at the Lamplighter recreation building in Star Valley. Follow the signs at the entrance of the park and please observe the park's posted speed limits.