Samuel Woolley Taylor, author of "Flubber" and "The Absent-Minded Professor" and known by some as the "Mark Twain of Mormondom," died Friday, Sept. 26, 1997, at his home in Redwood City, Calif. He was 90.
He was known for "Family Kingdom," the story of Taylor's father, John W. Taylor, father to three dozen children and husband to six wives who was dropped from the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for having plural wives after the church had abandoned the practice.Other Mormon works included "Nightfall at Nauvoo," "The Rocky Mountain Empire" and "Heaven Knows Why!"
Mr. Taylor also wrote scores of articles, stories and plays for a national audience. Among the most popular were pieces that he and others transformed into the Hollywood films "Flubber" and "The Absent-Minded Professor."
A grandson of LDS Church President John Taylor, Mr. Taylor was born and raised in Provo and attended Brigham Young Uni-ver-sity.
A memorial service was held in Redwood City Monday. A grave-side service will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, at 3 p.m. in the Provo City Cemetery.