Martel LaVaughn Taylor, 85, of Rigby, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at Pinebrook Assisted Living Center in Rigby.
Martel was born Feb. 26, 1928, in Idaho Falls to LaVaughn Leo Taylor and Alice Severson Taylor. He was raised and attended schools in the Grant area, graduating from Midway High School.
On March 26, 1950, he married Claris Kinghorn in Rigby. They were sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on Nov. 22, 1950.
Martel enjoyed farming and he worked in the potato industry for several years. In 1968, Martel and Robert Brown opened U & I Auto Trade and later owned and operated B & T Chevrolet on Main Street in Rigby. In 1977, Martel and Claris opened Taylor's Quik Stop south of Rigby on Highway 20.
Martel was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; he served as a High Priest Group Leader, on the High Council in the Rigby Stake, as stake Sunday School Counselor and as a devoted home teacher.
He was also a member of the Lions Club. Martel enjoyed traveling with his wife.
He is survived by his wife, Claris Kinghorn Taylor of Rigby; daughter, Janell Wetherell of Rigby; son, Steven K. (Nancy) Taylor of Rigby; sister, Sharon (Ted) Zrelak of Golita, Calif.; sister-in-law, Linda Taylor of Rigby; seven grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Lyle D. Taylor, Boyd K. Taylor and Roger J. Taylor.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Rigby Stake Center, 258 W. First North in Rigby, with Bishop Adam Hall conducting. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Eckersell Memorial Chapel, 101 W. Main St. in Rigby, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Rigby Pioneer Cemetery. Services are under the care of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.