Sam C. Taylor
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April 1, 1923 - March 24, 2013
Dr. Sam Clayton Taylor, M.D., 89, formerly a longtime resident of Nampa and Boise, died of natural causes on March 24th at the Veterans Home in Pocatello.
He was preceded in death by his wife Jeanne and brother John.
Sam was born in Longford, Kansas, and spent his boyhood in St. Francis, Kansas, with his mother, Grace, and brother. His father had a Model T franchise until he died when Sam was 2. Sam had vivid memories of growing up in the dust bowl of the 1930s. He and his brother worked in the wheat harvests, put up movie posters at the local theatre, and served as the church janitors.
Sam met his wife Jeanne in Kansas City in 1948 and married her in Omaha, Neb. in 1949. They were together 46 years until Jeanne died in 1995. They had five children, John, Daniel, Sarah, Martha, and Andrew. Sam and Jeanne were active in the community and Democratic Party throughout their marriage. Sam served on the Nampa School Board. He participated in a number of professional organizations, including the Mountain States Tumor Institute.
Sam's love of music began as a boy and continued to his death. His mother Grace was a piano teacher. She supported the family in part during the Depression by trading piano lessons for milk, eggs, and sausage. Sam played the violin as a child and sang in a quartet during medical school. He enjoyed singing with the Boise Master Chorale for many years. After he retired he returned to playing his violin.
Sam loved his work as a surgeon. He attended Phillips College. After World War II broke out he entered the Navy's V-12 program in 1944 at Tulane to be trained as an officer and surgeon. He did his internship and residency in Kansas City and then served in a M.A.S.H. surgical unit during the Korean War. After additional training and brief stints at VA Hospitals in Hot Springs S. Dakota and Spokane Wash., he moved to Nampa to set up his own surgical practice. He practiced in Nampa until 1995 at Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Hospital. After retiring from his medical practice he performed disability physicals at the VA in Boise until age 82.
Sam loved the outdoors. He was a keen bird watcher, hiker, hunter, and avid fly fisherman. Sam also played sports with great enthusiasm all his life, including tennis into his 80s.
Sam's second marriage to Ruth Harris, of Boise, in 2005 ended in divorce, but they remained friends. Sam and Ruth enjoyed playing music together.
The Taylor family would like to extend deep appreciation to the staffs at the Pocatello Veteran's Home and Access Home Health and Hospice for their excellent care of Sam and assistance to the Taylor family.
Sam is survived by his son John and wife Judy and daughter Sarah; son Daniel and wife Alice and step-children Lindsey and Eric; daughter Sarah; daughter Martha and husband Dennis; son Andy and partner Venita and stepchildren Kelsey, Casey and Karlie.
A Pocatello memorial service and reception will be held March 30 at the Rosewood Reception Center, from 2 to 5 p.m., 1499 Bannock Highway.
A Nampa memorial service and reception will be held on April 2nd at the Nampa Civic Center from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., 311 3rd St. South.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the Portneuf Valley Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy or Terry Reilly Medical Clinic in Nampa.
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Mar. 27, 2013