SARASOTA - Louis Taylor, 86, of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Lakeland, FL, passed away on Nov. 14, 2013.
One of 11 children, he is survived by his sister, Katherine, a daughter, Vickie and her husband, Charlie, a granddaughter, Ashleigh, and countless family and friends. He put family and friends above all else, and he will be sorely missed.
Lou was born in Ft. Myers, FL, but was raised in Lake Wales, FL. Upon graduation from High School, he went into the U.S. Navy. He served, from 1944-1947, on both the USS Gilmer (a ship that received 7 battle stars) and the USS Astoria (a ship that received 5 battle stars). He was discharged in 1947 and then served again in the Fleet Post Office in Honolulu before being discharged once more in 1952 with the rank of Petty Officer, Second Class.
Lou attended the University of Florida in 1947, and then transferred to U.C.L.A. to pursue his degree in Microbiology.
Lou began his career in the citrus industry at Citrus World in Lake Wales, moving on to Minute Maid in Auburndale, FL, where he ultimately became the Manager of Quality Assurance, Foods Division, for the Coca-Cola Company, where he proudly retired after 30 years of service. He became a member of the Institute of Food Technologists on March 29, 1956, and served in various capacities for 50 years. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Award in 1971 for his position as Chairman of the Quality Advisory Committee to the Florida Canners Association. Lou was awarded a Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Service to the IFT and the Florida Food Industry in 1981. He was ultimately awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Citrus Products Division of the IFT on Sept. 23, 2004.
Lou was passionate about 2 hobbies, golf and football. He became a member of the PGA Hole in One Club on March 16, 1988. Any given Saturday or Sunday would find him cheering on the Florida Gators, or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Services will be held on Friday, Nov. 29 with Military Services at the Sarasota National Cemetery at 10:00 am, followed by a memorial service at 11:30 am at the National Cremation Society, 2990 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34239.
In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that donations be made in his name to the Boys and Girls Club of Lakeland, FL. PO Box 763, Lakeland, FL 33802.
Published in Ledger from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22, 2013