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Death: Thurman Thomas Taylor

Thurman Thomas Taylor, age 78, passed away October 11, 1997, after a long illness due to complications from diabetes.

Thurman was born January 19, 1919, at Gunn, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, the son of Thomas B. and Beatrice Videan Dearden Taylor of Henefer, Utah. Thurman graduated from Granite High School in 1937. He enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1939, and later saw action in seven major campaigns in the Pacific, North Atlantic, and North Africa. He served in Korea with the Naval Reserve.Thurman married Mary Carrel of Salt Lake City, Sept. 3, 1944, later divorced. They were the parents of two children. He married Eloise "Lou" Hyde on January 10, 1972, in Las Vegas, NV.

He retired from the Coast Guard Reserve in 1979 after 40 years service. He retired from Hill Air Force Base in 1980 after 23 years service. He is a past president of the Reserve Officers Association of Southern California, past commander of VFW Post 4355 in Salt Lake City, and served as Executive Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Unit in Salt Lake City. He was a life member of the Reserve Officers Association of the United States and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In his retirement, he enjoyed his family, traveling and gardening.

Thurman is survived by his wife, Eloise "Lou" Taylor; Mary C. Taylor; daughter, Marilyn Taylor Holzwarth of Fruit Heights; son, Thomas J. (Judy) Taylor of Kearns; sisters, Dorothy (Bruce) Wilson, Carla (Dick) Fedderson, Carma (Herb) Goldhardt, all of Salt Lake City; and Arva (Lee) Bell of Clearfield; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; also, stepdaughters, Marilyn Anderson of Salt Lake City; Bonnie (Ted) Tucker of Atlanta, GA; and Judy (Ron) Biancani of Phoenix, AZ.

Preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Paul Henry Taylor.

Thurman's family would like to thank the nurses, aides and staff of the Federal Heights Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Salt Lake City for their devoted care of Thurman during his illness.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, October 15, 1997, at 12 noon at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, October 14, 1997, 6-8 p.m. at the Colonial Memorial Mortuary, 2120 South State Street. Interment will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Funeral directors, Colonial Memorial Mortuary.

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