On Thursday, June 20, 2013, a lifetime Marine, Robert Byron "Bob" Taylor, 77, of Idaho Falls, lost his battle to cancer.
He was born to George Devine Taylor and Cecile Faye Taylor on April 10, 1936. Bob grew up in Glenns Ferry with his grandparents.
Bob married Mary Ann Smith, and five beautiful children were born: Edward Taylor, Robin (Hanan) Tate, Richard (Kim) Taylor, RaNae Barrus and Roxanne Shaw. Bob and Mary Ann later divorced.
On Dec. 28, 1970, Bob married the love of his life, LaDonna Davis, who also brought two beautiful children to the family, Sandy Gayle Foster and Nelson Allen Jr., whom he also grew to love as his own.
Bob was blessed with 27 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and a few great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Sandy; and two grandchildren.
Bob was very proud to be a Marine! He spent 16 years in the military with three tours of duty in Vietnam, and after returning home, received a Purple Heart. He was always active in military affairs and provided service to those who needed him He will be missed dearly by all who knew him.
There will be military services at Freeman Park at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First St. in Idaho Falls.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.coltrinmortuary.com.
Published in Post Register on June 22, 2013