Jack E. Taylor, 91, a longtime Sedro-Woolley resident, passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at United General Hospital in Sedro-Woolley.
Jack was born on April 16, 1924 in Rockport, WA, the son of Edward & Mamie (Clark) Taylor. He was raised and attended school in Marblemount.
As a young man he left school, working in the timber industry, operating a steam donkey for his brother-in-laws logging company and for some gypo outfits for several years.
During WW II he served his country in the Merchant Marines, traveling the world. He then worked again in the timber industry for Scott Paper as a heavy equipment operator clearing landings and making roads for several years. In 1965 he began a long career with the Operating Engineers Union Local 302 as a heavy equipment operator developing many local roads and also the North Cross Highway.
Jack loved telling his life’s stories, especially about seeing “eye to eye” with a kamikaze pilot that barely missed that “one gun Liberty Ship” and about working on the North Cross Highway. He also enjoyed traveling, RVing, gardening, hunting and fishing and helping out those in need.
Dad was also a very private man and never would want any fanfare made out of his life but there were so many good things that he did for people in his own quiet way. Whether it is by muscle or money, if you needed help, he was there. His purpose in life was to share that Jesus Christ died to atone for our sins that we may live forever with our Lord. His second purpose in life was his family. He took care of our Mother (who had Alzheimer’s for over a decade. I never have witnessed a loyalty or devotion such as that. His love for her was fierce and true. As a young fellow he grew up with next to nothing but age and maturity proved that he was very capable of taking good care of his family.
Jack is survived by his sons, Louis Good (Billie) and Rande Taylor of Sedro-Woolley and r, Becky Taylor of Oak Harbor; 5 grandchildren, Scott & Heath Good, Amanda Nesheim (Scott) and Anna Mitchell (Justin); 5 great-grandchildren, Taylor, Megan, Josh, Keenan and Chloe; 2 sisters-in-laws, Matilda Taylor & Margaret Cabe and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son; his wife Eva in 2002; granddaughter, Sheree Good; brothers Phillip & George Taylor and sisters, Hope Meece and Norma Johnson.
Private family burial was held at the Sedro-Woolley Union Cemetery. A Celebration of Jack’s life will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 11:00AM at the Central Valley Assembly of God Church 1551 E Rio Vista Ave, Burlington, WA. In lieu of flowers please send donation to the Central Valley Assembly Church. Services are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.