Don Taylor


Don Kelsey Taylor, 90, of Clay Spring, Ariz. died July 2, 2001, in Clay Springs. He was born Sept. 1, 1910 in Globe, to Franklin Riley and Lucy Agnes McBride Taylor.

Mr. Taylor grew up in the Gila Valley and attended school there. He married Lucy Frances Kaze July 24, 1929, in Flagstaff and lived in Mesa and Young before settling in Payson in 1952. He worked for the Forest Service for about 30 years and retired in 1972.

He served on the Payson Town Council. He moved to Clay Springs five years ago. He was a member of the Clay Springs Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a home teacher.

He was a member of the BPOE (Elks Lodge). He worked as a campground host at Roosevelt Lake for seven years. He enjoyed bowling, fishing and hunting and was handy with small engines.

Survivors include one daughter, Joyce Taylor of Payson; one son, Jerry Taylor of Clay Springs; sisters, Viva Markham and Ruth Scott of Mesa and Olive Gale of Bakersfield, Calif.; one brother, Hugh Taylor of Pine; 11 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and 14 great great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Frances Taylor.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 7 at the Pinedale Clay Springs Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with Bishop Kay Perkins officiating. Viewing will be one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Payson Pioneer Cemetery.

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