1930 ~ 2017
Reese Taylor, American Fork, Utah, passed away July 18,
2017, after a long history of heart disease and a recent
series of strokes. He would have been 87, July 28th.
Ken was born and raised in American Fork, Utah, and was
the fourth child of Glen Lee Taylor and LaPrieal Reese Taylor.
He attended Harrington Elementary and graduated from American
Fork High School in 1948. He joined American Fork's first
National Guard unit in the Army Corp of Engineers in 1948,
and in 1958, transferred to the newly established US Army
19th Special Forces group.
Ken and Joyce Shelton met in high school and were married
March 7, 1952, in the Salt Lake Temple. He built their home
2 years later where they resided for 62 years.
Ken worked in the furniture business at Dixon Taylor Russell
(DTR) in American Fork, with his brother, Preston, while
attending Brigham Young University where he graduated in
Applied Science and English. He had a great passion for
Morgan horses and bird dogs, which allowed him to enjoy
deer and pheasant hunting. He also had great fly fishing
skill and anglers from Strawberry Reservoir considered him
an expert and sought his advice on what flies to use. His
family benefited from his culinary talents as he turned
his catch into delicious meals.
In 1955, Ken began working at Geneva Steel Works in the
Industrial Engineering Department. He worked at US Steel
for 25 years, retiring as General Foreman in the Open Hearth
in 1981. Being retired, allowed him to become a master gardener
and gourmet chef. This year is the first year he has not
For several years, he and Joyce travelled to Arizona to
winter with Jane's and Karen's families and visiting Glen's
family in Minnesota and North Carolina. Being with their
family was their greatest joy and strongest commitment.
He and Joyce were active members of the LDS 24th Ward. Ken
was a devoted Home Teacher.
Ken is survived by his daughters, Jane (David) Phillips,
San Tan Valley, AZ; Karen (Michael) Smith, Gilbert, AZ;
son Kenneth Glen (Jill) Taylor, Charlotte, NC; and thirteen
grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by his parents, Glen and LaPrieal Reese
Taylor, sisters Maxine Hill and Barbara Reese, brother Preston
Taylor, and his granddaughter, Tori Elizabeth Phillips.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 29th, 2017,
at 11:00 a.m. in the American Fork 24th LDS Ward Chapel,
975 North 60 East, American Fork, Utah. Family and friends
may call on Friday evening from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the
church and on Saturday morning from 9:30 am to 10:30 am
prior to services at the church.
Ken's family would like to thank his medical team (Envision
Hospice), for their kind, compassionate, and professional
care that they gave to him and also to Joyce. They would
also like to acknowledge the loving and watchful care of
Joan Harding and Melony Larsen, and Harris Court dear family