DONALD HERBERT TAYLOR, 84, a native of Feeding Hills, Massachusetts died January 5, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts to Herbert George and Helen Grace (Guyett) Taylor. He retired to Florida from the Agawam Fire Department in 1985 after 27 years of service. He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. Before graduating from Agawam High School he met his future wife while roller-skating and swimming at Babb's on Lake Congamond in West Suffield, Connecticut. He was an active member of Future Farmers of America while in school. He enjoyed fishing in New England lakes and in Florida intra- costal waterways. He built and flew many radio-controlled airplanes in Massachusetts and Florida and was a member and past treasurer of the Airmasters R/C Club in Sebastian, Florida. He restored antique engines and could repair anything with an internal-combustion motor. He had a unique sense of humor that he never lost even during his final illness. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jean Beverly Welt, son James (Cindy) of Agawam, MA, daughter Susan of Tucson, AZ, son William of Springfield, MA, grandchildren Melanie Doneyhue of Rio Linda, CA, Valerie Lehtinen (Michael) of Everett, WA, Matthew Taylor of Portsmouth, NH, Victoria Taylor of Windsor Locks, CT, and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter Deborah in 1979. Services were private in Tucson.
Published in the TC Palm on Jan. 16, 2014