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Paul Dean Taylor

December 19, 1934 April 8, 2019
Paul Dean Taylor
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Paul Dean Taylor was born December 19, 1934 and passed away April 8, 2019 due to complications of COPD and CHF at his home with family at his side.

Paul was born the oldest of four brothers to Joseph and Pauline Taylor in Modesto, California. He spent the better part of his younger years on the family ranch growing fruit in the San Joaquin Valley of California. He was raised in the Baptist faith and maintained his beliefs throughout his life.

He loved America and proudly served her as a member of the USMC achieving the rank of Corporal during the Korean War. He learned skills and disciplines that would serve him well the rest of his life. After contracting Rheumatic Fever and receiving an honorable disability discharge, he continued his life of service with the US Department of Forestry in California, fighting fires and educating the public, sometimes dressed up as Smokey the Bear. During this time Paul and his first wife Martha welcomed four children, Patricia, Brian, Michele, and Joseph (Dean). After his union with Martha ended, Paul, with his 4 children in tow met and married Vickie (Keough) on May 02, 1970. Together they added a daughter, Kristina, to the family. After leaving the Forestry Dept. he provided a home for his family by working hard in a variety of endeavors, ranging from working in a tungsten mine, operating heavy machinery in a rock quarry, repairing business machines, owning and operating a general store, supervising a landscaping company, and working with a road maintenance crew. His favorite, however, was always working in the outdoors.

Paul was an avid outdoorsman and loved fishing and hunting. He also had a profound interest in exploring and rock hounding. While living in Rapid City, South Dakota, he was a member of the local gem and mineral club and spent many happy hours on field trips hunting for the elusive “Fairburn Agate”. He developed a love for gems and thoughtfully created custom jewelry which he gave as gifts to family and friends. He also developed a skill in creating beautiful stained-glass pieces. Together with Vickie they enjoyed discovering and appreciating the beauty of antiques and collectables and participated in various markets and social events. Among their many adventures they were campground hosts and avid RVers.

Paul was known for his playful and boisterous sense of humor and no one was exempt from his teasing. He had an infectious, hearty laugh and a certain twinkle in his eye. He always seemed to find ways to have fun even if there was none apparent. “Hockey puck!!” became a go-to phrase and “Ralph” was the name he called you if his memory temporarily failed him. Family continued to be his greatest source of happiness. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren arrived and added to that joy. During later years he enjoyed giving back to his community through volunteer service at the Snohomish Washington Food Bank. He enjoyed helping others and lending a hand whenever he could.

Paul was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Joseph (Mike). Remaining behind to celebrate and remember Paul’s life are: his wife, Vickie; daughters, Patricia Hoople (Randy), Michele Regehr (Tim), Kristina Parker (Tommy); sons, Brian and Dean; grandchildren: Melinda Michaud (Kevin), Kathleen Espinoza (Alex), Sara Ho (Jason), Greg Regehr (Alana), Sureyah his “Cambodian grandson”, Owen Parker, Brian, Shawn and Joshua Taylor; great grandchildren: Tristan, Jade and Evaya; brothers, Frank (Kay), and Bobby (Karen); his beloved, Kyna; and many other friends and relatives.

A memorial service will be held at 10 AM on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Yates Funeral Home – Coeur d’ Alene Chapel, 744 N. 4th St., Coeur d’ Alene, ID 83814. A graveside service with Military Honors will follow the memorial service at 1:30 PM at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery, 21702 W. Espanola Rd., Medical Lake, WA 99022.

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10:00 AM 4/17/2019 10:00:00 AM
Yates Funeral Homes & Cremation - Coeur d'Alene Chapel

744 N 4th Street
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Yates Funeral Homes & Cremation - Coeur d'Alene Chapel
744 N 4th Street Coeur d'Alene 83814 ID
United States





1:30 PM 4/17/2019 1:30:00 PM
Washington State Veterans Cemetery

21702 W. Espanola Rd.
Medical Lake, WA 99022

Washington State Veterans Cemetery
21702 W. Espanola Rd. Medical Lake 99022 WA
United States

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