Karl William Taylor was born in Jackson, Michigan July 31, 1917 to George Washington Taylor and Tilda Louise Vick Gray. He left this earth on July 1, 2001.
When he was a small child his parents moved to Vandalia, Ill. where they lived for some years and Karl attended high school. He moved to Cedar City, Utah to work and there met his future wife, Floris Lilly Grimes. They were married in St. Louis, MO. on April 30, 1942; their marriage was later solemnized in the St. George LDS Tempe.
Karl is survived by his wife Floris; their three children, Wayne Lee Taylor (Natalie); Carolyn Sue Walk Whitney (Charles) and Kenneth Ray Taylor (Jamie); and sister, Bertha Mae Welch, Monticello, Ill; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grand-children; several nieces and nephews.
Karl served four and a half years in the Army; took part in the New Guinea and Luzon campaigns in World War II. He received one Purple Heart, and two Bronze Stars for bravery and wounds along with expert marksman and several campaign medals.
He worked as a sheet metal journeyman both in Cedar City and Salt Lake City. On June 18, 1998, he received recognition from the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 312 for 40 years of continuous good standing service.
Karl had a great sense of humor, loved to tease, and enjoyed fishing, camping, and visiting with friends. But then Karl considered everyone he met a friend, or part of the family.
The family expresses their thanks to the staff of the Utah State Veterans Home for their good care of Karl over the past months.
Services will be held Friday, July 6, 2001, at 2 p.m at the Rose Park 9th Ward, 760 North 1200 West. Friends may call one hour prior to services. Interment, Redwood Memorial Estates, 6500 So. Redwood Rd.
The family requests that donations be given to the Diabetes Foundation, in lieu of flowers.