Kenneth Reese Taylor
1930 ~ 2017

Kenneth 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 planted tomatoes.

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 friends.


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