Frederick Bryant "Joe" Taylor
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Frederick Bryant "Joe" Taylor April 7, 1955 - Sept. 13, 2007 Former Resident of Antioch Joe, Beloved Husband, Father, Son and Brother passed away unexpectedly in Maui, Hawaii. He was best known in Antioch for his music with the band "Full Force". After living in Antioch and Monterey, CA, where he started a successful Martial Arts Business, Joe and his wife Cathy moved to West Linn, OR. There he started a successful Security and Personal Protection Co., which protected many stars appearing in the Portland area as well as others in the community. Joe was an avid collector of fire arms and marshal arts weapons, music and fine wines. He loved Karate, Motorcycles and traveling which he did via air, land and sea. He gave of his time to animal shelters and juvenile offender programs in the West Linn and Portland areas. Joe was a kind, loving and giving man and will be missed by all he touched. God bless him and hold him forever as he joins his Father in Heaven. He is survived by his wife Cathy of West Linn, OR, Son Jarrod Taylor, Mother Sue Taylor and Brother all of Antioch, CA. There will be a memorial in Joe's honor for family and friends in Antioch, Sat. Oct. 6, 2007, from 3 to 5 P.M. as well as in West Linn, OR on Oct. 13, 2007. Friends are invited to contact Family for details. In lieu of flowers the Family requests any donations to go to the Joe Taylor Memorial Fund at any Bank of America. Go with God Joe, you will be very much missed.

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Published in Contra Costa Times on Sep. 28, 2007.
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September 12, 2019
Tomorrow will be 12 years since you left us and we still miss and think of you everyday. Your grandkids are growing like weeds and are as cute as can be. Jarrod and Amanda, his wife, are doing well and have moved back to California so Mom is thrilled to pieces for that too that we can see them more often. I have a long shift at the hospital tomorrow so thought I would drop you a line today so I don't forget when I get home beat after a long day only to go back again and do it again on Saturday! Will raise a toast to you on Sunday night though Bro and hope you will join us for your toast! We love and miss you much.
James Taylor
Brother
June 13, 2019
Mama Taylor,
Do you remember when I came to visit you in Antioch, with Joe? I would love to hear from you. Joseph.reason@gmail.com

Joe Reason
Joseph Reason
April 7, 2019
Happy birthday big bro Joe! You would have been 64 years old now with two grand kids who I am sure you would spoil to pieces. We miss you everyday and send prayers you way to look out over Dad and Joanie, and if you have a few moments , Mom and I too! Love you always!
James Taylor
Brother
February 22, 2019
Teressa Taylor
February 8, 2019
Sensei Taylor,

Well drat! I too am dismayed to discover your demise. My youngest daughter, Maryann, and only son, RL, greatly benefited from eight years of your instruction in traditional Shotokan Karate. Every time to pass through Monterey I ride by the old dojo just to see if it is open again and have often tried to find you on the internet. Today going through the garage I found a copy of the August 1999 issue of Martial Arts Professional that you gave me. That issue featured a cover story and article about Jhoon Rhee, the "Father of Taekwondo" and finding that magazine prompted me to try an internet search again... [SIGH]...

Sensei, you are GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.

Russell Holder
RussellHolder@earthlink.net
Russell Holder
February 8, 2019
Sensei Taylor,

Well drat! I too am dismayed to discover your demise. My youngest daughter, Maryann, and only son, RL, greatly benefitted from eight years of your instruction in traditional Shotokan Karate. Every time to pass through Monterey I ride by the old dojo just to see if it is open again and have often tried to find you on the internet. Today going through the garage I found a copy of the August 1999 issue of Martial Arts Professional that you gave me. That issue featured a cover story and article about Jhoon Rhee, the "Father of Taekwondo" and finding that magazine prompted me to try an internet search again... [SIGH]... you are gone but not forgotten.

Russell Holder
Russell Holder
Friend
April 6, 2018
My Brother Joe. This Saturday (7th April) would have been your 63rd birthday and if you were still here I could tell you what an old fart you were becoming! That's OK though because I am right behind you. At 63 you would now have two grandchildren, a Boy and a Girl and I am sure you would want to spoil them to pieces. The Boy, Larkin, can dribble a basketball and make it in to the basket and he is still a toddler! The little Girl is still a baby and finding her way in this new world, but will have a big brother to take care of her as you did me. I miss you Joe, think of you all the time, and wish you were still here everyday. God bless you brother we all love you so much!!!
James Taylor
Brother
April 2, 2018
Miss you honey. Joanie is with you now. You guys behave yourselves. Your birthday is coming up very soon and Mick and I will toast you as we always have. Love you Babe.
Mom
Mama Taylor
March 12, 2018
Sensei Taylor,

I am shocked to have just learned the news. And heart broken that it's taken me this long to find out. You were a great friend and I will never forget not only your knowledge of karate, but also your willingness to train all of us hard and exceed our internal plateaus. You are not forgotten and will always be thought of with each step into and out of the dojo.

Gary Null
January 3, 2017
Sensei Taylor - I can't believe you're gone. Your dojo was my oasis during rough times. I learned more there than just Shotokan and am forever grateful our paths crossed. You won't be forgotten.
Rocco Costa
September 13, 2016
Hey brother. Another year has passed and now 9 years since you have been gone. We still think of you so much and miss you. We laugh often about the good, and bad times, and how we all pulled through it. I hope you know that you are back with us and we see you every day as your ashes have taken a special spot and are always in our view. God bless and keep you. With all my love, your brother.
James Taylor
September 6, 2016
Hey Joe!! Just thinking about you!!
April 22, 2016
Happy belated Birthday brother. So now you are three years older then I am for a short period. In October I'll turn that back to only two years older when I flip over another page on the age page. We still miss you and think of you often Joe. God bless and many hugs bro.
James Taylor
October 18, 2015
Hey Sweetie. Hope you and Dad are doing fine.We sure miss you. You sure have a darling Grand son. His name is Larkin Bryant. I call him Lark. I don't know what every one else will call him. Jarrod is a proud Papa. They are coming down in November. I'm anxious to see Lark. Love you Babe and miss you.
Teressa Taylor
October 17, 2015
Susan Taylor
September 19, 2015
Another year since you have been gone brother and we still miss you very much. Your son just made you a grandfather the other day. It's a boy and his pictures are beautiful. Still waiting to see what he will be named. Mother Amanda and baby are doing well and Jarred is a happy new papa!
James Taylor
April 7, 2015
Happy Birthday brother. You would have been 60 years old today ya' old coot. Not a day goes by that we do not think of you but now we have your ashes back where they belong with our family. God bless and again, Happy Birthday!
James Taylor
March 7, 2015
Osu Sensei.
Nate Weinstein
September 26, 2014
Hi Honey, I still talk to you every morning when I dust. Your picture is sitting right there. Hope Dad and Shorty taught you and Jack to play pinochle. Your Uncle Bill is there with all of you. I still miss you like mad Babe.
Mom
September 14, 2014
7 Years Joe. I can't believe it has been that long. We still love and miss you brother. Another candle lite for you.
James Taylor
September 14, 2014
Well brother it has now been 7 years since you left us. We still think about you all the time and wish you were here. Amanda lost the baby early in the pregnancy so it looks like you are not going to be a grandfather just yet. They are doing well though and will be trying again soon. They live in Oregon now but when we saw him last month, he was talking about moving back to California. Joe you would be proud. God bless you.
James Taylor
April 9, 2014
Well Hey! Looks like congrats are in order. So you are going to be a "grandpa". Lucky you. I'm sure you would be great, just spoiling all the little ones.
Still miss you. Think of you often. Give your dad a big hug for me.
Katy Michel
April 5, 2014
Hey brother. Seven years has passed since you left us and now you are about to be a grandfather! The baby is due in November so it would be quite amazing if it was on the 3rd like Mom and Jarrod. I hope it is a boy but a girl would also be welcome. We miss you every day Joe and thank you for looking out over us with Dad. God bless.
James Taylor
April 4, 2014
Your birthday is coming up in a few days and I just wanted to wish you lots of love and let you know how very much I miss you. I also wanted to let you know, you are going to be a grandfather in Nov. And tell your Dad he's going to be a Great Grandfather.
All my love. Mom
April 26, 2013
Hey Babe, your another year older now Sure wish we could celebrate it with you. Miss you like crazy. Sometimes when the phone rings I still think it might be you. Think of you every day. Love you. Mom
September 20, 2012
Wow, Joe I can't believe it's been 5 years. It seems like only a month ago since you and I were kickin it. Whenever I go up to Northern California, I still here other people talking "bad" about you, which is a good thing. So many were jealous of you Joe. Remember it's when they don't talk about you is when you have to worry. Your legend lives on. Not a week goes by when I don't think of all the great times we had and that great smile of yours. All of my former students thought the world of you. They would say to me, "Sir. when can we go to Sensei Taylor's club again and work out?" Or "Sir. Is Sensei Taylor going to be at the tournament this week?"
September 13, 2012
Hi Babe, I wanted to let you know that our friend John Struwe is up there with you,Dad and Jack. I still miss you as if you left me yesterday. I can't believe it's been 5 years. Love you Darling.
Mom
September 13, 2012
Shine on big bro!
Hey bro, today marks the 5th year of your passing. I still think of you lots and miss you even more. Mark Vigil has now passed to so you two try and stay out of trouble up there and take care of Dad and yourself. We love and miss you so much. Your light still shines on here on earth and thanks for all your help with our prayers.
James Taylor
February 13, 2012
Joe,
You came to visit me in my dreams. Touched my face, held my hand and we laughed as we did when we were children.
Now I see that you also visited others. Shows how much we all miss.
Come back to my dreams soon.
Love, cousin Katy
Katy Michel
February 11, 2012
My Brother Joe, it has been four years since we lost you in our lives but not in our hearts. Your son is now married and starting his own life and doing well. Our little Pepper cat joined you last week so please look out for him. I know how much you loved cats and helped us, as dog people to also love them (we must we have three inside and three outside.) God bless you bro, we love and miss you.
James Taylor
February 10, 2012
Joe we have a little white cat that's your reincarnate. We have had him since we lost you and he has helped us every day to deal with our aching hearts. He acts so much like you that he brings a smile to our face and your face to our mind. Love you always Baby.
Mom
Sue Taylor
October 5, 2008
My Dearest Joe, I cannot believe it has been a year since I lost you. Life will never be the same. You were my lover and my best friend and life is so lonely and meaningless without you. I cry every day and miss you so deeply. I wish you were here to help me through this difficult life. I love you with all my heart and always will. I talk to you all day long and pray you can hear me. I love you so much. The kitties still wonder where their daddy is. I try to comfort them, but they miss you. We all miss you.
I see you in every rainbow. I love you.
Your Little Chestnut Macaroon,
Your Wife,
Cathy Taylor
October 3, 2008
Dear Cousin Joe, I can't believe that a year has past. I think of you and remember alot of the past. The band that we were thinking of starting ( no talent here ), the sunburn that both you and Mick got from the Southern California Sun. And all that we did together. I miss you soooo much. And believe it or not the ketchup bottle that was stolen from the restaurant in Carmel is still in the cupboard where Michelle has kept it. Miss you / Love you. Katy
Katy Michel
September 28, 2008
My brother Joe. I can't believe it has been over a year since you left us. We have missed and thought of you every day since then. I bet God's heavenly choir is rocking out right now. God bless big bro!
James Taylor
October 9, 2007
I've rarely seen a guy with a huge heart, a lasting love and smile that lights up the room. You will be missed. My cousin loved you deeply. Thank you for cherishing all she is.
Cousin Tom Grassi
October 8, 2007
Sensei,
You were a good man, teacher and friend. You will be missed.
Warner Howser
October 7, 2007
Sensei Joe; You left us far too early, but the positive influence you had on our lives will always remain. I was physically the smallest guy in the dojo, but you helped show me how to stand tall and confident in the face of all life's challenges. I will always be grateful, and you will be dearly missed. May you soar ever upwards in the next great phase of your journey.
Michael Firstman
October 6, 2007
You will always be with us in our hearts. I will always remember our trip to Disneyland.
Katy and Bill Michel
October 6, 2007
We only knew Joe for five days, but
it was instant like. We had such
a good time with him and Cathy in
Mexico when they came for a visit with Sue. His passing was such a
shock and know he will be missed by many. God Bless you, Joe.
John and Marge Struwe
October 6, 2007
Sensei Joe, There are many things that I wish to say. There are not enough books to hold the expressions. You were my brother and I regret not being a better friend. I do miss you greatly.
James Morris
October 6, 2007
To our fun loving kind Joe: We are sad that your life ended so soon. Louise prays the Scripture read to you brought comfort. We love you and will keep watch over your precious wife, our niece Cathy.
Jim & Louise Grassi
October 5, 2007
PLEASE SIGN THE GUEST BOOK FOR JOE LOCATED AT:

http://www.legacy.com/ContraCostaTimes/GB/GuestbookView.aspx?PersonId=95198567&PageNo=1

(ALL OF THE ABOVE ADDRESS IS ON ONE LINE WITH NO SPACES AND YOU CAN COPY AND PASTE THE ADDRESS IN YOUR BROWSER'S ADDRESS BAR)

THIS IS THE GUEST BOOK FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY THAT WILL BE MAINTAINED ON-LINE FOREVER IN JOE'S MEMORY. THANK YOU!!
Mick Taylor
October 5, 2007
I am so sorry, I truely am. Email cannot speak the words. I am lost with thought. My heart is with you.

Love
James Morris
October 5, 2007
I just found out about Joe, I'm horrified and so sad! We will be coming to Antioch for the memorial on Saturday. Big hug to you, I'm so sorry you have to go through this. He was everything to me when Dylan died, he was everything to Dylan when he was alive. Cathy, this isn't fair. Lots of Love to you. Let me know where to go and if you need anything, I'm there for you.

love,
Lisa B.
October 5, 2007
To our fun loving kind Joe: We are sad that your life ended so soon. Louise prays the Scripture read to you brought comfort. We love you and will keep watch over your precious wife, our niece Cathy.
Jim & Louise Grassi
October 5, 2007
Sensei Joe: I will never forget your laugh and our "strength contests" at Garden Health & Fitness. Arigato! I know you will excel in doing your Katas and Kiyaiis at that dojo in the sky. Sayonarah and Ciao.
Rustle Buc
October 5, 2007
Sensei Joe: I will never forget your laugh and our "strength contests" at Garden Health & Fitness. Arigato! I know you will excel in doing your Katas and Kiyaiis at that dojo in the sky. Sayonarah and Ciao.
rustle buc
October 4, 2007
Joe, thank you for joining me in that great Monterey music advernture. I will miss your enthusiasm and friendship. Take care my friend.
Matthew Schuss
October 4, 2007
Dear Joe, As everyone else has expressed, I too cannot believe you are gone. Though years and distance have separated the life we once shared in our much younger years, we were bound together by the birth of our son. Things were not always easy, but there are many memories that make me smile. I'm sorry that we will never get the chance to reminisce. I always imagined that one day we would. Rest in Peace.
Jodee Smith
October 4, 2007
Joe,
Everytime I saw you you would always take the time to find out how I was doing in life and in school. Not many adults ever take the time to ask a teenager how their day is. You always did. You were always around when I needed help and welcomed me in to your home often. I loved escaping over to your house just to talk. Thanks for being there. I'll miss talking to you.
Cole Cancilla
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