LTC Mark Douglas Taylor MD NOV 17, 1962 - MARCH 20, 2004
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Mark Douglas Taylor, M.D. was killed in action on March 20, 2004, at the age of 41. Mark was a surgeon assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division Forward Surgical Team in Fallujah, Iraq. Born in Stockton, California on November 17, 1962, Mark had served about 18 years in the California Army National Guard and Army Reserve. He was in the process of completing his fourth year of active duty when struck down in a rocket attack launched against American troops. This occurred just days prior to the time he was scheduled for redeployment to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He and one other soldier were killed and several others received wounds from the attack.
Mark graduated from Lincoln High School in 1980, and went on to receive his BS degree in biochemistry from the University of California at Davis. He received his Pharm D. from the University of California at San Francisco, M.D. and MPH from George Washington University of Medicine in D.C. He completed his internship in surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center at Fort Lewis Washington and went on to complete his residency in surgery at the University of California Irvine before returning to active duty with the military in 2001. He was assigned as a surgeon at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as well as the 82nd Division Forward Surgical Team.
While in Iraq during his second tour, Mark received word he had been awarded a fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery. For his service he received the combat medical badge, air assault, airborne, and German parachute wings, as well as decorations that include the Bronze Star, Army Commendation, and Army Achievement Medals, to name a few.
Mark is survived by his parents Robert D. Doug & Roberta Taylor of Stockton & his 6 yr old son Connor Taylor of Irvine.
Memorial services were held in Iraq and Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. A funeral service with full military honors will be held Friday, April 16, at 10:00am at the Central United Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Avenue, Stockton. Internment will immediately follow at Cherokee Memorial Park, Harney Lane at Highway 99, Lodi.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 15, from 10:00am until 7:00pm at the DeYoung Shoreline Chapel, 7676 Shoreline Drive, Stockton.
Memorial contributions may be made in the name of LTC Mark D. Taylor, M.D. to the Bank of Stockton for his son, Connor's educational fund, at Post Office Box 7036, Stockton, CA 95267, or to a charity of the donor's choice.