1942 ~ 2003
CHARLESTON <! > - Our loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend has returned to his Heavenly Father after a valiant two year battle with brain cancer.
LaVaa Glade Taylor, age 61, passed away at his home in the beautiful Heber Valley on Saturday, September 6, 2003, with his family at his side.
Born on January 15, 1942, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the second of five children, to Glade and Edna Ellett Taylor. LaVaa's motto was, "It's A Wonderful Life", and his greatest happiness came through his devotion to his Savior, his family and friends, and his love for BYU Sports. He spent his early life in Loa, Wayne County, Utah, where he had a wonderful childhood. He learned the important values of life, including faith, love, honor, obedience and hard work from his parents, sisters and friends as they prepared and molded his life and character. He graduated from Wayne County High School and served an LDS mission in Central Britain and Wales from 1961-63.
LaVaa attended BYU where he met and married Vickie Lynn Edwards on May 31, 1968, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They have six children, four daughters and two sons. The pride and joy of his life's work and dedication were his wife, children and grandchildren. He graduated from BYU with a Masters degree and taught seminary for ten years in Bicknell, Utah and Beaver, Utah. He worked many years in sales and most recently had a ground transportation business.
He was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved the gospel and "sought first the kingdom of God". He found great joy in doing the Lord's work while serving in two bishoprics, High Priest Group Leader, Elder's Quorum president, counselor in the stake mission presidency, and numerous scouting and teaching positions. He had a great love for his Primary class and his home teaching families.
LaVaa is survived by his wife, Vickie, of Charleston; children, Lisa (Dale) Laursen of Pleasant Grove; Taura (Cary) Holmes of Heber; Troy (Jaynee Guinn) of Heber; Tiffany (Joshua) Duncan of Midway; Ryan (Amber Holzer) of Chicago, IL; and Summer of Charleston; 11 grandchildren, Taylor, Zachary and Jacob Laursen, Carly and Jack Holmes, Benjamin and Sara Taylor, Ethan and Maya Duncan, Parker and Eden Taylor. Additional survivors include: his mother, Edna Taylor, and four sisters, Sharon (Keith) Stroud, Trudy (Jack) Nielsen, Clara (Percy) Johnson, and Jeanine. Also many loving and caring nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services will be held Monday, September 15, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. in the Charleston Ward, 3424 South 3500 West, Charleston. Family and friends may call on Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at Olpin-Hoopes Funeral Home, 288 North Main Street, Heber City, and on Monday from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to the services at the LDS Church. Interment will be in the Heber City Cemetery.
During the two years of his illness, LaVaa loved and appreciated the many cards, letters and visits he received. The loving support and words of caring concern lifted his spirits and helped him endure to the end. His loving, friendly disposition touched many lives. As he was greatly loved, his will be greatly missed.