Donald Taylor, 74, died in Poway, California, on August 14, 2013. Born November 17, 1938, in Francisco, Indiana, he was raised in Oakland City, Indiana. |
As a student of Purdue University, Donald was a proud member of the Purdue Drill Team. After graduating from Purdue, Donald became a Navy pilot, flying S-2 Tracker planes and C130's. He served 25 years in the Navy and retired in 1985 with the rank of Commander.
Following his Navy career, Donald became a professor of flight instruction at Mesa College in San Diego. He was an enthusiastic teacher and was respected and beloved by his students.
Donald was a passionate pilot who thought there was nothing better than being behind the cockpit of a plane, whether it was a Navy plane landing on an aircraft carrier, or his pride and joy, Piper Archer, flying the skies of San Diego. His penchant for wearing outfits to celebrate every holiday or special occasion was a delight to all.
After retirement from teaching, Donald spent his golden years in Ramona, California, where he loved riding his favorite John Deere tractor and playing with his dog, Bobbie. An active member in his church, Donald delighted in singing with the church choir.
Donald is survived by his wife, Philomena Lindsey; daughters, Pamela Chapman of San Diego and Debbie Taylor of Chula Vista; their mother, Virginia Taylor of Chula Vista; stepdaughter, Jacqueline (Eric) Hairgrove of Escondido; stepson, Ed (Stacey) Lindsey of Olympia, WA; grandchildren, Nicholas, Robert, Chelsea, Aaron and Jessica; and his aunt, Bonnie Frick of Indianapolis, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents, David Eugene and Helen Marie Taylor of Oakland City, IN.
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Published in the Ramona Sentinel on Aug. 29, 2013