Dear Barbara and Family----You know our feelings for Brent and the void that has been left in our lives-----we will miss him in so many ways. We are having a hard time believing that he has left us----even though it is temporary the emptiness is there. Our memories of times spent together are priceless and can't be taken from us. Please know of our love for you Barbara and thank you for the many good times we have shared. Our love always and forever---Clark and Corinne
Mr. Taylor was one of my all-time favorite teachers at West. He encouraged us to think beyond what we were taught, he always made it a point for personal stories to be shared, and always made us laugh. He was a kind man who always tolerated by ridiculous teenage behavior, was a friend in and out of the classroom, and will always be remembered fondly and admirably. Farewell, Mr. T, rest in love.
Mr. T was an amazing man!!! One of the 2 best teachers I have ever had. Only to be matched by his daughter. He will be dearly remembered as long as I live. The world has lost one of it's great educators. I am proud to have had the chance to learn from him!!!!!!
I had Mr. T at West and I will never forget the trip he took us on to the State Prison! He was a great teacher! I also had Mrs. King and she was a great teacher too! Sorry for your loss.
Class of 2005
I found direction and laid a foundation for the rest of my life while being coached by Brent on the Swim team. West was the best because of great mentors like him-- Forever greatful!
Farewell my good friend...You are missed by many people...God be with you till we meet again!
Mr. T was truly a man among men. I was blessed to have him as a mentor in student government at West, where he taught many great life principles to us young people still feeling out our way. One of which was to stand up for what was right even amidst adversity. Thanks Mr. T! And a special thanks to his family for sharing him with us for so many wonderful years. May the Lord continue to bless you all!
Dear Taylor Family,
I have very fond memories of enjoying two years in E-Board with Mr. T and the lessons that he taught all of his students have made a difference in the world.
R.I.P Mr. T
Dear Taylor Family,
I was heartbroken to hear of Coach Taylor's passing. He was by far the greatest teacher ever! Not only was he a great teacher but he was also a good friend. I will keep you & your family in my thoughts & prayers. HUGS to all....
Sorry to hear of Brent's passing. I had just arrived in Samoa as a missionary iin Oct.1960 and met Brent in Dec as he was getting on the plane to go home. Elder John Longden had been visiting the mission and I was assigned to cover his visit for the Church News. Brent hand carried my undeveloped rolls of film home to J Heslop of the Deseret News and the story ran the next week with a photo on the cover. After I returned home, and during the past 50 years, he and I had occassional contact. He was always, as his many students have written, smiling, fun-loving and joking, or as the Samoans would say, "ulavale". I always enjoyed being around him and glad he was my friend.
Dear Taylor Family.... I am deeply saddened to read of your loss. I have many memories of spending time with your family and early morning rides to school in the VW!
I wish i would have known.... i would have been there Saturday. Please accept my sincere condolences and know that this old neighbor and friend truly cares.
Kathy (Webb) Mair
i've psoted before in here, and after going back in and read all the posts, I couldn't help but cry for the memory of a man I'd never met or known other than that I am named after him, as a missionary in Samoa. What wonderful tributes you have all given to this man, and what a great knowledge I now carry for my namesake. My mother who she named her first born after and now I know. God bless the Taylor family continually and thank you all for sharing special memories of him for they are for me too...firstname.lastname@example.org
I first got to know the original Mr. T in E-board my sophomore year. I remember the grip he had would almost crush my hand every time we shook. I tried to avoid shaking hands with him. I loved how involved he was. It seems he didn't care if he was teaching, coaching, keeping score, driving a bus, he loved to be involved. I appreciated how he was a gentle giant. He did not need to be the center of attention but was always doing great things to help those around him. He is a teacher, mentor that I will appreciate the rest of my life. May God be with you and your family Mr. T
I am so sorry to hear that Mr. Taylor has passed away.
I would not have graduated from High School without him. He actually taught us to think and be conscious, it wasn't just getting through another day for him. I begged him not to retire until our 4 kids had the chance to have him as a teacher, I had to make our twins sign up for Mr. Taylor's two classes Psychology and Sociology, they both agreed after that they were the best classes they ever took. I know that Brent was LDS but I will always be greatful that I didn't know that in High School he loved all students, he wanted everyone to succeed, he never labeled anyone a loser. I am so glad I went to his retirement party at West and told him in person how much he meant to me, he took it with a grain of salt as always. He truly could have been anything he wanted to be I'm so grateful he chose teaching!!! God bless you Mr. Taylor and may your family be comforted with the knowledge that yours was a life truly lived! West High Class of 1979
I cannot let your passing go by without my acknowledging.
Please accept my gratitude for all the moral support you gave our family, most of all Mom, Linda.
Because of your strengths and unconditional love, she found her own strengths. This being said, not only did West High have 1 great History teacher but 2 and I have 2 great people to do some serious bragging about (1 outstanding friend and 1 awesome amazing wonder woman, Mother) whom both mean the world to me.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for just being you and someone who cared about everyone.
What an honor it must have been to be married to someone so great. Thank you for sharing him with the teachers and students of West High. Words cannot express enough.
Class of 1982
Words can't describe how saddened I am to hear of Mr. Taylor's passing. He was a true inspiration to me- in fact, the reason I majored in Sociology and Social Work in college. He was my absolute favorite teacher at West, and truly loved teaching and his students. His love and acceptance of all was remarkable. The world is a better place because he was in it. I was also lucky enough to have his daughter, Teri King for a teacher as well. Ms. King, my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
My condolences to the Taylor family. I had the pleasure of learning from Mr. Taylor in class ('90) and as a colleague when we were on the faculty at West together. I will miss him dearly as he paved the way for my career in education, social work and coaching. He believed in me when I didn't believe in myself and for that, I will be forever grateful.
So sorry to hear of the passing of your Father. Keep the memories close to your heart. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sent with our love, the Haskells.
I'll miss my Uncle B harassing and teasing me every chance he got. And Owen is sad that his Great, Great Uncle won't be around to allow him "more and more ice cream." Though we'll miss him dearly, we are so grateful to have known such a phenomenal man!
I love Brent Taylor. He taught me as a senior at West (74) My first 16 years teaching at West my classroom was next door to Brent. I liked to call him my mentor and tormentor. I learned how to teach from Brent. I sought his advice on so many things . But he could never let me get by without teasing me about something. I will surely miss that . We ate lunch together almost everyday. He was on the clock for our basketball games and drove the bus for us to our games. It was great getting to know Barbara from the many functions she attended with Brent. More than anything I spent a lot of time in his class during my prep period listening to him teach and sometimes getting involved myself in his discussions because he was so much fun. I really miss that. I learned a lot from it and I hope that just some of his skills rubbed off on me. I could always trust Brent to keep a secret. He was a very moral and deeply religious person and I really appreciate him putting up with my rough edges. Because he had the strongest hands I've ever shook You didn't want to get physical with Brent but you almost had to when it came time to picking up the check. He was so generous. I could go on and on here about Brent. So much to say about a man who influenced me positively in every way. I am so thankful for his guidance and friendship. Not only to myself but he took an interest in my entire family. It has been my extreme pleasure to have Brent fill such an important part of my life. Hes right up there with my dad and best coaches I've had when it comes to the influence he had on me . May God bless the Taylor family
I read with sorrow about the passing of my friend and fellow West High teacher, Brent. I and my family will always remember the many experiences we shared when we taught together and the life-long friendship we developed.
Brent will be missed. Our prayers are with your family. I remember you always having a smile.
Dear Barbara and family,
We loved our good friend and co worker, Brent. Every time we were around him we came back with a smile on our face, too. He helped us to feel a little better about life. He will never be forgotten in our hearts. Please excuse us, as we are on a mission in Kirtland. Our prayers are with you and your family. Love Don and Gail Holtry
Mahalos to you Mr. Taylor for your friendship and humor. You will definitely be missed - especially at the boys basketball games. I mean, who's going to keep my wife amused now that you're gone, while you were both at the scorers' table along with Steve? LOL. Thank you for teaching my children not only academics but life lessons especially. As I say to my mom and Sara when I go to visit them, Heaven's gain is our loss but only for a little while according to Heavenly Father's plan. For the friends and family you are temporarily separated from, I'm pretty sure you're getting reacquainted with those on the other side of the veil. I will definitely miss your friendship, the casual conversations that we had mostly comparing Samoans and Hawaiians and polynesians in general, but not too much of that "firm" handshake and arm grab that you inflicted on me a few times. If someone told me that you could husk coconuts with your bare hands I wouldn't doubt them! Aloha nui loa to you and your ohana Mr. Taylor. Aloha oe, aloha oe...
Mr. Taylor was an awesome teacher. He will be deeply missed.
Truly a servant of the Lord. I was never a student of his,but he was always there at the scorers table with a smile and open arms w a big hug! Yes,his Samoan was better than mines:)Truly have left a legacy and Im so grateful to have known you. Till we meet again Brother Taylor. Much Love-
To our dearear Barb and family.. You have our deepes sympathies and love at this time. Loss during this time of the year can be very consumptive. However, we know that he is resting now in the arms of His Father. When I face loss as with my own father, I took courage in reading Romans Chapter 8 and John 11 illustrating to me that Our God plans our path and assures that He will bring us all to Him in Peace love from all Fyans in Illinois
Thanks to all of you for your comments. Some memories have been enlightening and others well known. We are grateful that students, friends and family have shared such wonderful messages. Thank you for your support and love. We know he is our guardian angel now and probably can do more than we can comprehend. I will sure miss him, but know he is still with us.
Thanks Pop's! Love you!
I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Taylor's passing. I was a student of his at West high, class of 1994. He was such a great teacher, and because of him, I found my love of psychology. I am sad that my nephews will never get to learn from this great man. RIP, Mr. Taylor!
I loved being in "Mr. T"'s history class at West High. He was a great teacher and taught with such enthusiasm that you couldn't help but get excited about history. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
What a Great man i swam for B.T him as a coach also made me stay to graduate he will be deeply missed
Taylor family, my heart is so heavy and know yours is even much more heavy and sad. Brent and I worked together for seventeen years with student government and what a leader. He meant so much to me and my family also. My children had him as a teacher, a mentor, a friend a father figure. My Mandy made sure that other than her immidiate family, Brent and Barbara were invited to her wedding. I can only say at this time that to me he was the greatest friend, mentor and councilor that I could have ever had through my times of stress. Before I had read the obituary I recalled always how many times I had asked for guidance and he gave me questions to ask myself. Yes he taught through questions. Many of my concerns were worked out on my own because of questions he posed to me. I always said he would scramble my brains with his questions but no so. I loved him like a brother and always wanted to grow up and be a great teacher just like him.
I am Diane McKendrick Holder and I was one of Mr. Taylor's students at West High School, and I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was one of my favorite teachers and I had him for Sociology and Psychology. I learned a lot from him in those classes and he inspired me to think for myself and not to just settle for what other people thought. He also taught me that people have to work together to get anything accomplished and we can't always do it all ourselves. He was a great man and he will be missed.
Brother Taylor will always be someone I have great memories of. He was a great man. My best to the family, specifically Derek.
I worked with Brent during a few summer months with Salt Lake Watershed some 25 years ago. Enjoyed the time and the man. Would see him occasionally and he was always the same Brent I knew. I am sure he will be missed by many.
I ansoluetely loved this teacher- he is part of the reason I bacame a teacher- he was so kind and so good at what he did- he was inspirational to all of us :) Prayers to you the family !
Teri & Family, I am sad to read of your Father's passing. Keep your memories of close to your heart, there he will always be. May you have peace knowing how much he loves you all.
Mr . Taylor , you were a fun teacher ! Swim team was fun and hard ! You TAUGHT ME TO SWIM !!
I have never met "Elder" Brent Taylor but he is my namesake. I was born in Samoa while he was serving his mission there and he asked my mom if she would name her first born boy after him. My mom already had another name for me but honored his request. When 37 years later (1997) I finally tracked him down through church system, he learned that I was named after him and he wrote me a long and beautiful letter of how he didn't know that My mom seriously took him words, as he said he said it in jest. When he finally received my request for his address He and his family were flying out to Samoa the next week, met my mom at school where she taught, Pesega elementary, met the fitisemanu family and many others and he sent me a letter, video and pictures of their trip there. I wish I had met him in person, and absolutely sounds like a wonderful man here in mortality. Alofa mo Le aiga Atoa. Love to the whole family. Brent malolo
Honoring such a Great Man is so easy.
I knew Brent when he would ride his bicycle to my home. In his Jr High and High school years he looked like the "6 Million Dollar Man" from that movie starring Ryon O'Neil. I will miss the 6 Million Dollar Man and all his smiley faces in my emails. I know the Pearly Gates will be welcoming Brent's questions asking questions, his smiley faces, and his pure spirit.
I send my love from one of the "Old Gang".
Mr. Taylor, or Brent O as I called him was an amazing teacher. Amazing teachers care about their students and Brent O cared more than any other teacher or administrator at West. He made sure the discussions in class were "aplicable" to our lives. The prison field trips to show us where our communities were headed and then challenged us to make the world a better place. He lead by example. I will miss his teachings and his booming yet caring voice. Thanks to the Taylor family for sharing him with us. I am truely grateful. I pray God will ease your pain. Please take comfort knowing he touched so many lives. I love and respect you Brent O. RIP
Our prayers go out to the Taylor family. Didn't have the pleasure of having him as a teacher at West but remember him as a member of the 26th ward. I remember the Taylor/Godfrey friendship and great teacher of my kids when they went to West. He straightened me out once after a West game. Dave Emett class of 1965.
You will be greatly missed! It is almost sad to think about the people whose lives will not have the opportunity to be directly touched by you. My saving grace is the knowledge and faith that those of us that were impacted by your kindness and wisdom will continue to share your lessons. I think many of us do this without even realizing it. Speaking of not realizing... to be honest, I think some of us were unknowingly "being schooled" more often than we care to admit.
We are all better people for knowing you. Words can not even begin to express my appreciation for you. All I can do is humbly say thank you.
Mr. Taylor as I always called him my senior year in 1966 had a great influence on me in a number of ways. He was the only teacher I invited to my wedding reception in 1967 and he came. I have followed him a little over the years and always enjoyed our conversations. The family knows he has done what he needed while here, and now it will be up to them to do the same
I am proud to have known Mr. T, and will forever be grateful that I listened and learned all I could from him. He made me a better leader, helped to prepare me for my future, and left an impression that will last for my lifetime. He touched thousands of people in his life here, and I have no doubt that he hasn't wasted a minute of time impacting those on the other side. I send my love and deepest gratitude to the Taylor family for sharing this incredible person with the rest of us.
We both had Mr. Taylor and admired and respected him greatly! Love and prayers to your family!
I love this man...one of a kind. What a legacy he has left! No doubt he is doing good work in the next life. You've blessed so many Mr. T! I feel blessed to have been touched by your great example and teachings. May God bless your posterity.
Mr Taylor I will miss you! The first time I meet you was my senior year at West in your psychology class and just loved how you taught. You really cared about making friendships with your students and I will forever remember the impact you have made in my life. I'm so grateful you were the one to baptize me Nov 9th 2003 such a wonderful memory I will always have. Prayers to your family and loves to Mrs. Taylor.
Coach Brent Taylor was the best of the best. I was fortunate to have him as my history teacher and I spent three great years with him as my swim coach. He was fun, uplifting and a great friend. He enriched my life and made me a better man. I will always remember his friendship and kindness. I extend my deepest condolences to his family; all of you can stand tall and be proud that your husband and father had such a positive impact on so many. He truly lived a full life by giving the gift of kindness and love to all that crossed his path.
Class of 72
Our deepest sympathy & condolences for the Taylor family..........ma le alofa tele lava the Fitisemanu family.
He will be truly missed.
It is only right he passed on Christmas day because he was such a blessing to everyone who he meant. My prayers go to the family and know he will always be in my heart and many others.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Taylor family during this difficult time. Brent was a true inspiration in my life, as a teacher, co-worker and especially as a friend. I will miss him. The world has lost a very special man.
One of the greatest social sciences teachers who ever lived.
He was the reason I went into education and gained a degree in social studies. He would lend me historical novels to read and then would wonder why I hadn't always read the assigned texts. What a legacy he leaves behind. My condolences to the family.
I am so sorry for the loss of your Father, Husband, Grandpa, Uncle, Mentor, Teacher. Brent was so much to so many. And a Great friend, which I left out. No basketball game at West will be the same. Since Brent retired I looked forward to them so I could see him and enjoy that Handshake, smile and great sense of humor. I will REALLY miss all the emails we shared. No one will ever know that what I sent to them came from my great friend Brent. By looking at this Guest Book it is so obvious that you have touched the lives of so many...including Me. Thank you for being a part of my life and learing experience. I'll miss you, My Friend. Blessings to you and all of your Family.
I'll never forget the words Brent Taylor said to me on my last official day at West High School. Somehow Brent sensed I was struggling with the thought of leaving West High after three short years. I did feel some sense of guilt that I was leaving with work left unfinished. Brent calmed my soul by explaining to me that no matter how long or short my stay at West High School was, I would forever be a part of the patchwork and history that makes West High School a special place. I echo those thoughts to you today, my friend. Your stay on earth has been far too short, but your impact and legacy for good will ripple throughout eternity. You've made this life a much better place, Brent Taylor. I miss you, but take comfort in knowing we will meet again.
I loved being in his class. He made me smile and think! I could really tell he loved his students. Prayers of love and comfort for his family.
Mr. Taylor touched the lives of so many people. He will always be one of my favorite teachers. He will be greatly missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
I have a great memory of crowding into Aunt Elma and Uncle Marv's little front room with a lot of family to watch slides of Cousin Brent's mission in Samoa. I was just a little girl. I also loved having "Cuz" be my teacher at West and going to the swim meets to watch all the cute boys swim and dive. We will all miss you so much Cousin Brent. We send our love and prayers to Barbara and all the children.
Mike and Shannon Taylor Steoger
The world has lost, yet heaven has gained a great man. Whose love for family, for his students, and education will sorely be missed. I am comforted to know we shall meet on the other side. I love you Uncle Brent.
Mr. Taylor was one of the best teachers I had. He had a profound impact on me and how I thought of myself. I will always be grateful for the things he taught me. He will be missed.
Lee Warner Higbee
Class of '69
You always came away better from spending time with Mr T. He always made you feel like a million bucks! He was in it for the right reason and it showed!! Prayers and thoughts with the Taylor family for this amazing teacher, leader, mentor and friend. God bless.
My most profound expression of sympathy to the Taylor family. Mr. Taylor was not only my teacher and swim coach at West but also my friend. I was well-acquainted with "the handshake/grip". We lived in the old Pioneer Stake, 26th ward when we were first married. I had enjoyed visiting with Brent from time to time over the years since the West high days. Brent is the best - what a legacy!
Mr. Taylor. Wow. What can you say about a teacher like him? I always remembered him long after my schooling years and I often thought of him when people asked about my favorite teachers. I'm so sad to see him go, but I'm very happy to see all the lives he's touched.
Dear Barbra and Family, I am saddened to learn of the passing of Brent. I have always considered Brent my Best Boyhood friend. He had tremendous impact on my life as we were friends from, age 13 throughout our mortal lives lives. I still remember double dating with Bent and Barbra, much of what I have achieved in life is because of his impact for good, I look forward to our next reunion, Love Walter Albert Fearnley
I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Taylor's passing. He was a great teacher. I graduated from West in 1979.
Mr. Taylor...my teacher, mentor, friend. That sly look making me think about everything I did or spoke, that HANDSHAKE letting me know I'm a friend...but also who's boss...I'll miss you. Thanks for your guidance, your friendship and for always helping me with your observations (and they were always dead on) when I was coaching basketball. True blue WEST HIGH...True Friend...True Teacher.
I had Mr. T for history at west and I had Miss Taylor at North West Jr. High for History as well. What great teachers they both were.
This man Changed my life
He was an incredible teacher. Students of very different backgrounds and interests learned a lot from him.
FAREWELL Brent dear cousin and special cousin you were not to pass so soon, you'll be greatly missed, great memories growing up and when we started our families our children called you uncle brent they loved you dearly god bless you barbara and family arlene and earl reid
Sorry for your loss. I will miss his enthusiasm and hardy hand shake at our family get-to-gethers. Cousin Dan
You made such a huge impact in my life and the lives of many with your infectious smile and personality. Thank you for all your many selfless acts. You are truly one of "the greats" in my book! Ia manuia lou malaga, Taylor. Alofa tele mo oe ma lou aiga.
My deepest condolences to Mr. Taylor's family and friends. As our student government advisor he would advocate on behalf of all the little guys and that is something that will live on in my life. His kind spirit and willingness to go the extra mile for his student is a legacy that will live on in the halls of West High and in the hearts of all the student's who's life he influenced.
My thoughts and prayers to the Taylor family, Mr Taylor was by far the best teacher I ever had at West High and I still bring him up in conversation often. I loved going to his class and I truly believe his classroom was always at full capacity due to the fact everyone just LOVED Mr. Taylor. I am honered to have had him as my teacher and cherish the memories.
I am sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts are with your family. Jammie Allred Nerwren Kidd (class of 84)
Uncle Brent, many great memories of my childhood had you involved with them. From Christmas at Grandma and Grandpa Taylor's to Lake Powell vacations. But by far my fondest memory of you was the summer I had the pleasure of driving around the canyons with you and having great conversations together, but more importantly introducing me to Crowne Burgers. You had the handgrip of a gorilla, but the heart of a teddy bear that made everyone want to be around you. I am glad that I got to see you in September and eat lunch with you. Seeing you was very emotional for me, for it brought back many great memories of Grandpa Taylor. I love you for the humor that you possessed, but I love you even more for the love you always showed my mom. I will miss you Uncle B, but I know that I will see you again.
Taylor family I am so sorry for your loss. I graduated from West in 1993 and Mr. Taylor was by far the best teacher I have ever had. Because of him I graduated college with a degree in poli sci and a history minor. He inspired a poor kid from Rose Park to dream big. You all should be very proud of his legacy. I am sorry that I didn't tell him personally how much his teaching paved a way for my career. He was a great person, a very nice guy and a wonderful teacher. He even taught us real life practical tools like balancing a check book, how to pay down debt....things you really needed to know but didn't know you needed it until you got out into the real world. I hope you find some peace in knowing he was loved by his students.
My heart goes out the Taylor family. Mr. Taylor was an inspirational teacher and mentor to me. He was full of wit, wisdom & genuine kindness. I am honored to have been taught by him. He was an advocate for us Samoan students, encouraging us to stay true to our language & heritage, and to strive for success-he really was Samoan at heart! I love you & thank you for being apart of my life. Ia manuia le malaga.
I was not a very studious student, but Mr. Taylor was alway a class that I loved to go to. He always accepted me and was kind to me and made me feel welcome. He was an awsome teacher and I remember many things I learned in his class. So Sorry Taylor family for your loss. I know he will be dearly missed. And by the way, he was a a gentleman and made the boys apologize on more than one account for things they had said. Thank you Mr. Taylor
I feel so blessed to have known you Mr. Taylor. Thank you for being so kind and loving.
I have the fondest memories of Mr. Taylor. I was in his history class in 1976 when I was a junior at West High. Mr Taylor had so much knowledge and passion for teaching. I looked forward to his class every day. And the one-on-one discussions were always enlightening. I have so much respect for him and, to this day, I remember lots of things I learned from him -- educationally & personally. A very fine man who will be missed very much. My sincere condolences to his lovely family.
Class of 1977
Very saddened to hear about Mr. Taylor. He was West. I never had him as a teacher, but he was always very kind in all my interactions. My heart goes out to his entire family, particularly, one of my favorite teachers, his daughter Mrs. Teri King. She took after her father in being an excellent and memorable educator. My prayers are with all of you... a life well lived.
What a phenomenal teacher. One of the best. I particularly remember our class trip to the women's prison to speak with inmates. I'm certain that visit kept me on track, and I became more involved in useful school activities, instead of activities I would regret. Thank you, Mr. Taylor.
My heart aches for my favorite teacher at West High. A class I wouldn't dare to sluff or even think of sluffing because he was the best teacher. To a great leader, father figure, mentor & my favorite old man to get scolded from in Samoan, ia manuia lou malaga. Oute alofa tele ia te oe. May your journey home be as sweet as you are. We'll never forget you Brother Taylor. Kisses to the sky.
Mary Magalogo c/o 2004 WHS
Mr. Taylor, a wonderful teacher and friend. We will miss you more than you know and look forward to the day we meet again. No firm handshake compares to yours, Mr. T! Our prayers and thoughts are with your lovely family.
My heart goes out to your loving family. So many fond memories of handshakes and thumbwars with my Uncle B. You truely lived a life of service to others. We'll miss you.
How awesome to have your favorite cousin as your favorite teacher! I loved being hoisted over Brent's shoulder as a high school student. A little embarrassing but I still loved it! We love you Brent and Barbara and family!
Well "Cuz" you will be missed. I have many fond momories growing up around you. We lived a block away from each same ward, played softball together and basketball. You used to let me drive your car with you. Even tried to joining the Army together, but we had our arms to the square to be sworn in and you lowered your arm and walked out. I kept mine up and joined the army. You went on to become a school teacher and loved by many. God bless you Barbara and your family. You are in our prayers.
Mr. Taylor was an amazing teacher and will be missed dearly.
Mr.Taylor, Thanks for being such a loving and caring teacher. Although,it's been years since I've seen you, I will always remember you. You were indeed my favorite teacher ever at West High. You will be greatly missed!! Love u Mr.Taylor..Alofa Lava..
I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Taylor was such an inspirational teacher. He had a gruff exterior at times but truly was a teddy bear with the biggest heart for his students. I was so fortunate to have him as a teacher and call him a friend.
What a great loss. A wonderful caring teacher and friend Mr. Taylor was. Working at West High School and talking with Brent always made you smile. What an amazing man. Love to Barbara and family. Miss and love you
Taylor was absolutely one of the greatest men I've had the pleasure of meeting. I repeated his classes just so I could have conversations with him. He will be greatly missed.
Uncle B you are missed. Thank you for always squeezing my hand so tight i felt like it would break. Thank you for reminding me of Grandpa Taylor and the great man he was. Thank you for blessing my life- I know my mom couldn't of asked for a better brother.
Love my Uncle B and will miss him dearly. He is a great man and I feel blessed to have known him. I'm so grateful for eternal families and look forward to seeing him again! Sending our love to Aunt Barbara and family - our prayers are with you.
My heart is sad today with the loss of a kind man. Brent Taylor has touched so many, for so long. The kindness he has given will forever live in those who remember him. His legacy lives. My love is with you.
What a great privilege it was to be a student of Mr. Taylor. He was not only a great teacher but a friend. He knew how to make you laugh and smile even if you were having a bad day. My thoughts and prayers are with the Taylor family.
Brent Taylor was the first swim coach I ever had while swimming for West. He inspired me and pushed me to swim harder and faster. Now 22 years later, I swam the English Channel. Thanks Mr T! You made me reach way beyond my comfort zone and set goals which made me what I am today.
What an inspiration to many. I was fortunate to have him as a teacher as well as the opportunity to work with him while I taught at West. He was the person that inspired me to become a teacher and develop a love for history. What a great and humble man. Brent you will be dearly missed. I have a real love for you. Thanks for the example you were to all you came in contact with. Until we meet again.......
He was an amazing teacher that clearly left his mark on many. Thank you Mr. T for all that you did for your us!
My "mustard feeding" Uncle Brent. I will miss you. Thanks for being such an awesome uncle to me! Your quiet, fun humor was such a joy to our family.
Aunt Barbara, Teri, Stacey, Derek, Rachel, and all of your beautiful family, I send you my love. I am so sad for you. You were so blessed to have him as your husband, father and Papa Tay.
Mr. Taylor was not only a teacher but a friend as well. I had the great pleasure of working along side him at West High as well as having him as a teacher. What a great man! He will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.
Brother Taylor, always sharing his wisdom and Poly smile. Bro Taylor never missed the moment to say Talofa, and harass me to learn the Samoan Language. He would make time to share his mission stories, and over 45 years of service as an educator, coach, mentor, adviser, bus driver, friend & best of all brother in Christ. Your Legacy will live on thru your family, colleagues and thousands of students that admired your service and silent cheering from the sidelines of West High Sporting events. I enjoyed your quiet humility & Pride for the Samoan people. Brother Taylor thanks for mentoring a young educator and father, God Be with you til we meet again.. 'Ofa Lahi Atu - Ti Kinikini & 'Aiga
Dear Taylor Family-
You know the lives Brent touched being such a permanent fixture at West High School. He was an amazing teacher that was able to instill lessons we continue to pass on. I consider Brent to be the dad I always wished I had--he taught me some valuable life lessons..and he always encouraged me to "go out and have an experience". I thank him for being such a support to our family! True success is measured by the people we help along the way, so that makes you the most successful person I know. Til we meet again..I love you!
The love of life and learning will forever be a glow within all those whom Mr. T taught. He truly was a softie. While we will miss him, I am glad to have had him enrich my life and am blessed that he raised up an amazing posterity that continues in his legacy.
Brent was a dear friend, colleague at West High for 18 years and a man you could always count on for an honest opinion. I know he is already working with WHS kids to improve their heavenly skills. Often told him that West would fall down if he wasn't holding up the walls. May the family be comforted by special memories and the knowledge that he is preparing the family mansion.
Cheers, Dave White
Ia manuia lou malaga Mr. T-misia lava oe! Families are forever-thank you for the impact you had on us students-your kind heart will be forever missed!
What a privilege it was to be a student of Mr. Taylor's. He was always so interested in what we were doing, and would tease me when I was at the school more after I graduated then when I was attending school! What a great man! My condolences to his family, and RIP Mr. T!
Great man brilliant teacher. Brian Westover class of 86
Mr. T was the father I always needed. There are a few people I look back on and can say they changed my life and wrote on my heart, he was that person. The world lost an incredible spirit, but his example is far felt. I pray for peace for his family.
i know im a stranger. Have suffered loss. My thfnghtr and prayers r mith u all.
mr t will be missed he was by far the best teacher
mr t will be missed alot he was by far the best teacher in the school
BARBARA AND FAMILY
I WAS SORRY TO READ OF BRENT'S PASSING ON CHRISTMAS MORNING. I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH BRENT AND REMEMBER HIM AS A VERY NICE PERSON. OUR HIGH SCHOOL DAYS AT WEST WERE FUN AND HE AND BARBARA WERE SO CUTE TOGETHER.
I PRAY GOD WILL BLESS YOU AS YOU GRIEVE.
G. JEAN SANDBERG
I'm sorry for the loss. He was a great teacher and father. Cherish the memories.
Such a wonderful man. Never had the privilege of having him as a teacher in the classroom but always looked forward to hearing a warm Samoan
greeting of "Talofa lava" from him at school. Thank you for your life of service Mr. T.
He was one of the best teachers I had at West. He touched so many lives. He will truely be missed.
My all time favorite teacher at West High. Great teacher and great man!
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Brent Taylor. I was in his class 2 years. He was one of my Favorite Teachers EVER. I was in the West High Class of '74. He always tried to make his class fun and make everyone learn. He would say that on a test, he didn't care if your answer was Jack & Jill ran up the hill. If it had something to do with question and he could tell you tried, you would get credit. He was a wonderful man and will truly be missed.
Mr. Taylor was one of the best!!! He was always there to cheer us girls on at our basketball games and always had a big smile on his face. He will be missed and was loved by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
RIP Mr. Taylor
Sharmaine S. c/o 2004
How can we forget the Samoan man in a palagi's body? He spoke better Samoan than I did and yet I'm pure Samoan. You will always be remembered Mr Taylor. Manuia lou malaga, oute alofa tele ia te oe le faiaoga pele!
I remember with fondness my classes taught by Mr. Taylor. He will be sorely missed by all. My prayers are with the family.
Mr. Taylor was a remarkable mentor in and out of the class room. He taught me sustaining lessons that I remember still to this day. Job well done Mr. "T"
Mr. Taylor was one of my favorites teachers of all time, such an amazing influence in my life and probably helped me the most in actually graduating! For years I meant to visit, and regret that I never did. Mr. T actually participated in the blessing of our first-born son. He will be greatly missed, but I look forward to meeting him again in the next life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
My heart is sadden by a man that inspired me to be better and be a leader! He was a father figure I never had! He scolded me in Samoan and taught me life lessons I pass down to my own children!! I love you Mr.T- Alofa tele- Gina
I'm sure he's continuing on with his great sense of humor! Rest in sweet love, Mr. Taylor!! :'( THANK YOU for being one of the BEST teachers @ West High!! Grateful for His plan in knowing that we will be reunited again!! 'Ofa Atu!!!
I have great memories of Mr. Taylor from taking Senate at West. He was a great guy!
No basketball game at West will ever be the same. I looked forward to seeing Brent on those nights and visiting throughout the season. He left a legacy of love of learning through generations of students that are honored to call him TEACHER.
Mr Taylor I will miss you! You sure made an impact on my life and I will always remember when you baptized me Nov 9th 2003. Love you
You will be missed by alot of students at school. To his family members, he was a great person to know. Sorry for your loss, prayers to your family.