1926 - 2013
Gene L. Taylor, one of Salt Lake City's beloved family grocers, died Sunday, March 31. He was 86.
His death resulted from a courageous battle with cancer.
Gene was born to Joseph Verne and Frona Winifred (Peterson) Taylor in Riverton, Utah. He graduated from East High School in 1944. After attending the University of Utah, Gene served as a Merchant Marine during WWII, supplying munitions to our troops in the Pacific Theatre.
Returning home, he married his high school sweetheart, Gwendolyn Robinson and purchased The Table Supply grocery store at Second Ave between Q and R street, which later moved to 3rd Avenue and T Street. He served customers in the Avenues area and the U of U for 42 years. A compassionate and successful businessman, he delivered groceries to those in need and extended credit when it was required. After school, children would congregate for his penny candies and tender conversation. Gene loved his customers and was loved and greatly appreciated in return.
Gene and Gwen raised three beautiful children: a son Greg and two daughters Taylor (Deb) and Lisa. In 1992 his beloved wife Gwendolyn passed away from cancer.
When renal failure threatened his health in 2002, his daughter Lisa courageously donated one of her kidneys. We are all so grateful for her sacrifice and the resulting eleven beautiful years Gene was able to spend with his family.
Gene loved his second home on Bear Lake. An athletic man, he enjoyed boating, water skiing and golf, in all of which he excelled. He so enjoyed being the perfect host at his homes, cooking and socializing with friends. He had a passion for cars and always kept them immaculate. Personally, he was well dressed with impeccable taste and always looked his best.
Gene is preceded in death by his wife, Gwen Robinson, son Greg, and son-in-law Michael Miller. Survivors include two daughters Taylor Miller and Paul Mears, Lisa and Majed Anani, three granddaughters, two great-granddaughters and sister, Wynne Anne and Cal Marchant as well as many, many wonderful friends and family.
Per Gene's request, brief graveside services will be held at Larkin Sunset Lawn Cemetery, 2350 East 1300 South, Friday morning at 11am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you dedicate a random act of kindness in Gene's memory, or play a round of golf if that's your prerogative.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Apr. 3, 2013