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1933 - 2012 In Memoriam Condolences
Louis Joseph Taylor In Memoriam
In Loving Memory of Louis Joseph Taylor February 16, 1933 - June 25, 2012 Louis Joseph Taylor passed away in the early morning hours of June 25, 2012 at Mercy Hospital (downtown), the same hospital which he was born 79 years prior. He was a member of American Native Tribe: Kiowa of Oklahoma, through his Mother's ancestry. Lou was misunderstood by some, but loved by many. He was preceded in death by his mother, Martha P. Gibbs, father, Lewis M. Taylor, and a brother, James R. Taylor. He was the eldest of seven children: Brothers, Kenneth Taylor, Spencer Taylor and Dan Taylor; Sisters, L. Marie Wellendorf, Christine Caelho, Ruth Hearon and Marge Weston. He also leaves his son, Kevin Taylor and two grandchildren, Jeremy Taylor and Jade Taylor, both recently retired from military, and many nieces and nephews. Lou was an exceptional artist with both pencil and paint. Cartoons used to flow onto the paper and make his brothers and sisters all laugh. Lou joined the Navy not long after graduation from East Bakersfield High School and was very proud to be serving his country. He was stationed on the aircraft carrier, "USS Wasp". He lost a lung during his service to our country, and was able to perform and dance as if he has both lungs. After leaving the service Lou attended Bakersfield College where he earned a Degree in Drafting. He was hired by the County of Kern and worked in the Surveyors office. He used his artistic ability to create maps and charts. Lou also had a passion for theater. He loved performing, playing many roles. he spent 50+ years working with Bakersfield Community Theater, Starlight of Kern, and Bakersfield College performing groups. Some of his credits include: West Side Story, Sweet Charity, Gypsy, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and many more. He worked with Martha Knight's, Bakersfield Ballet Theater, and played the part of "Judas" in the epic production King of Glory. He also worked with Lenore Smith and her studio. Lou was the Founder and Owner of Giraffe Laff Mimi & Dance Co. to which he dedicated several years and was seen at numerous venues all over Kern County. In 1987, Lou met Barbara Bates at a social dance of the newly formed dance club called The Dancesteppers. He charmed Barbara right out of her shoes with his dancing ability, and that was it for Barbara. Barbara loved to dance and found her dream companion in Lou. They danced and danced, and when not dancing, Lou would go to Barbara's cabin with her and help with the yearly clean-up and any other needed chores. He will be greatly missed by Barbara, her son Ken, and daughter Diana. Lou also had a passion for tennis and was a regular on the courts at the Bakersfield Racquet Club, where he was a member for many years. In memory of Lou, there will be a gathering of Lou's family, many friends and acquaintances at the Bakersfield Racquet Club, 1660 Pine Street, 1:00 to 3:00 PM, Saturday, July 14, 2012. Casual Dress. Donations may be made in Lou's memory to the Bakersfield SPCA, 3000 Gibson St., Bakersfield, 93308. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on July 12, 2012
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