Roy Taylor

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Roy was born December 11, 1926 in American Falls, Idaho, to Judd and Ruth (Fredrick) Taylor, where he grew up on the family farm.  During high school he earned his Eagle Scout badge, and after graduating entered the Naval Aviation program.  After completing his military service he graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Agriculture Engineering and returned to farming with his father.  In 1949 he married Patricia Logan. They were later divorced.

Always busy, creative and believing in life long learning, Roy went back to college and earned advanced degrees and certifications in Education. While still farming Roy went on to teach mostly math and science first in the Rockland, Idaho school district and then the American Falls Middle School. He found great joy in reaching kids who otherwise found school boring. In 1968 he moved the family to Moscow where he served for 23 years as the Idaho State Extension Agriculture Engineer, supporting county agents throughout the state with special projects and agricultural challenges.

Through this time, and into retirement in 1991, Roy found extreme pleasure in making wooden objects and toys. Presenting these as numerous Christmas presents for his children and five grandchildren (often interjected with puzzling clues to find such treasures) was a highlight year after year. The last 27 years he lived in Potlatch, a community he loved dearly, for both the good people there as well as his ability to enjoy nature, feeding hummingbirds and raccoons. He also loved taking on large projects like building a ghost town, a fort, a pioneer cabin and a great tree house for all to enjoy.  For over 20 of those years there was no one he enjoyed spending time with more than his best friend and soul-mate Angela (Cricket) Nelson who shared his great fun in exploring yard sales, antique stores, traveling, as well as expanding their crafting skills.

Roy is survived by his two children and five grandchildren: daughter Nancy (Don) Shrope, their children, Kelli (Dan) Campbell and Melissa (Chris) Muehling; his son Kevin (Marcy) Taylor, their children, Susan (Shane) Young, Sara (Brendan) Quinn and Joseph Taylor; seven beautiful great-grandchildren; plus Linda and Craig Forsman.  He was preceded in death by his brother Ralph, his parents, and his long-time companion Cricket Nelson.

Roy passed away March 8, 2016, at the age of 89.  His creativity and inquisitive intellect will surely be missed, along with his love for his family. A memorial service will be held at Short’s Funeral Chapel on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a private burial.  The family would like to thank the staffs of Good Samaritan Village and Bishop Place Retirement Community for their kind, loving care of Roy over the last three months.  In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the University of Idaho Foundation’s Scholarship Fund.

3 Responses to Roy Taylor

  1. Tom Karsky says:

    I worked with Roy for several years in the Ag Engineering Department in Extension. My office was next to his. He was an amazing person. When we went to meetings the audience really enjoyed his presentations as they were humorous and entertaining as well as informative. I learned a lot from Roy and have used some of his material for my work. He was also fun to be around in the office. He was a great person and will be dearly missed. I am glad to have had the opportunity to know and work with him.

  2. Dan Weaver says:

    Nancy/Kevin and family;
    I am sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I have always enjoyed visiting with him and he will be missed. One such fond memory was he taught me to play 3 dimensional chess. Of course he always won.

  3. Ed and Jeanne Berretta says:

    Dear Taylor Family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers today as you gather in remembrance of your earthly patriarch. May you find comfort in sharing, bonding and strengthening each other and may the Lord’s presence be with you in a most tangible way;
    Lamentations 3:22-23.

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