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Don Taylor of Pleasant Valley, affectionately called "Digger", passed away on June 26 after a courageous, 9 month battle with lung cancer at the age of 76. Don was born Feb 9, 1937 in Scranton, PA to Mary and Teddy Taylor. He grew up in Moscow, PA, graduated from Moscow High School in May 1954, and joined the Navy in August 1954. He spent 3 ½ years in the Pacific and became a Veteran of the Korean War. Afterwards Don worked for David Rockefeller on his yacht in the Caribbean; he then went to work for Eastern Airlines in New York City where he met his wife Dale Allen Taylor. Don and Dale were married on June 10, 1961. They moved back to Pleasant Valley in 1962 to raise their family. Don worked for IBM for 2 years and then became a funeral director and worked for his father in law Tick Allen who owned Allen Funeral Homes. After 18 years, he left to become the assistant superintendent of Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. Eventually, he went to work for the CIA in quality control, where he retired in 1999.
His parents Mary and Teddy Taylor, his in laws Tick and Billie Allen as well as his sister in law and brother in law Jack and DeDe Allen Wiggins predeceased him. He leaves behind, to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 52 years Dale Allen Taylor, as well as his 3 children: Krista Taylor Bergeron (James), Todd Jordan Taylor (Joy) and Scott Allen Taylor; his 9 grandchildren: Jack, Ryan, William and Abigail Bergeron; Alyssa, Matthew and Daniel Taylor; Ashley Taylor and Arlene Taylor Hotaling (Ed); his 3 great grandchildren, Mason and Jackson Hotaling and Aubrey Taylor Greene; his niece Wendy Wiggins Rizzi and his 2 nephews Eric and Jeff Wiggins. He also leaves behind his best buddy Richard (fish) Fishwick and his best friends Betty and Tom Smailes and Martin and Carole Kronstein.
Don adored his family and cherished every moment with them. He enjoyed making beautiful furniture, cradles, rocking horses and cows and teddy bear chairs for all the children. He was a longtime fan of the New York Giants and the New York Yankees. Don traveled with Dale all over the world together. His favorite places were Egypt, Israel, Africa, Ireland, Bermuda and the New Jersey shore. One of his greatest trips was cruising to Bermuda with his children and grandchildren for his 50th wedding anniversary. Don and his family spent many wonderful years at the beach in Stone Harbor, NJ.He loved walking the beach and reading his book in his beach chair. Don was a member of the American Legion and a past member of the Masons, Pleasant Valley Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Lions Club. There wasn't a person in the Valley that didn't know and love Digger. He will always be remembered for his great smile, his generosity and his love of his family and friends.
Don's family would like to thank Dr.Gerald Colvin, nurses Kelly, Krystal, Laura and Kim from St.Francis Hospital, as well as the wonderful people of Hospice. We especially want to thank Ruth Bottomly, Don's health care aide who cared for him with love and compassion, and Tim Kapeluck, his nurse from hospice.
Some people come into our lives leave footprints on our hearts and we are never the same. To my husband, my lover, my best friend, my soulmate...anchors away my love anchors away. I will love you forever.
To sum up how don lived his life…life is not a journey to the grave with intentions of arriving safely in a pretty well preserved body. But, rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming …Wow! What a ride!
Arrangements are being handled by Allen Funeral Home, Pleasant Valley. Calling hours will be on Monday, July 1st from 4:00pm to 8:00pm with a memorial service on Tuesday July 2nd at 10:30am at the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church. A reception will be held at the Pleasant Valley Firehouse immediately following the service. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Don's name to either the
or the MS Society -Long Island Chapter.
Allen Funeral Home
1605 Main St.
Pleasant Valley, NY 12569
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from June 28 to July 1, 2013