Obituary of William Vaughn Taylor
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Our beloved "Pappa," William Vaughn Taylor, 85, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 26, 1999.He was born on July 6, 1914, in Wapello, Idaho, to Joseph Boyes Taylor and Angeline Margretta Thomas. He was the third of eight children born to Joseph and Margretta. Pappa married Mary Dorius Wright on January 29, 1941, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
Pappa served in the Navy from 1932 to 1936. After being discharged, he entered Brigham Young University where he majored in sociology. Just prior to the start of World War II, he joined the Army Air Corps and after nine months of training, was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He was assigned to England to fly B-24s and with the protection of the Lord, returned safely to his family at the conclusion of his service.
He left the military and after graduation from BYU, rejoined the United States Air Force in 1947. After serving in various domestic and overseas assignments, Colonel Taylor retired in 1961. Since that time he has lived in various locations in California and Utah.
The Lord blessed him with the knowledge of how to preserve and enhance his physical health, and as a result, he developed the stamina and positive attitudes necessary to recover from colon cancer in 1990 and a serious heart attack in 1998.
Pappa will be remembered not only for the love he had for his family, but for his strong faith. His "Never Give Up" approach to life demonstrated the power of the human mind and spirit to overcome physical illness and emotional setbacks.
Vaughn is survived by his sons Vaughn and Charles Taylor, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, as well as by his sisters Gwen and Madolyn, and his brothers Ken and Milton. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary, his mother and father, and his brothers Joseph Willard, James June, and Robert Clayne Taylor.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 1999, at Wheeler Mortuary, 211 East 200 South, Springville, Utah, at 11 a.m. The funeral service will start at 12 noon that same day. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery.