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Donald G. Taylor

1917 - 2009 Obituary Condolences
Donald G. Taylor, 91, went to be with his Lord and savior on Sunday, March 29, 2009, at his home in Alamogordo.
Don was born July 8, 1917, in Alamogordo. He was a lifelong resident of Otero County. He lived on the upper Rio Penasco until the age of 9, when his family moved to the Taylor Ranch, where he lived for 82 years. Don was a genuine cowboy. He grew up riding horses and helping his father gather cattle from the age of 5. His children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends loved to hear Pa's stories of growing up as a cowboy and his many adventures and amazing life experiences.
During his years as a rancher, Don had some of the first Brahman cattle in New Mexico, beginning in 1947. He also raised registered quarter horses, Brangus cattle, Beefmaster cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens, and in his later years, registered Boer goats. He cultivated a large pecan and fruit orchard and raised prize-winning vegetables. For 33 years, Don drove the school bus from Orogrande to Alamogordo. He and his wife, Paulee, owned the B&J Grocery store in Boles Acres for nine years.
Don had a passion for bench rest target shooting. He was the founder of the New Mexico Precision Shooters Association Inc., a lifelong member of Woodmen of the World, a member of the NRA, and a supporter of the Paragon Foundation Inc. He lived his life to the fullest, enjoying every minute, especially those spent with family, friends and in the beautiful outdoors that God created. Don was an avid reader, starting and finishing one book a day for many years. He was a positive inspiration to all those who knew him and he will be greatly missed.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Sara Taylor; sisters Cora Prather, Lillian Bagwell, Jean Bretcher; and his brother, Jimmie Taylor; as well as his wife of 31 years, Paulee Prather Taylor, in 1967; and his wife of 27 years, Ethel Worthington Mathis Taylor, in 2002.
Don is survived by his children, Bill Taylor and his wife, Linda, Jeanie Taylor Groves and her husband, Jim, Martha Mathis Mauritson and her husband, Paul, and Frank Mathis; grandchildren Paula Groves and her husband, John Gallegos, Ellie Taylor, Grant Swinney and his wife, Amber, Greg Swinney and his wife, Alethea Val White, Jason Brunson and April Brunson; great grandchildren Jordyn and Morgyn Gallegos, Reid, Kylan and Dakota Swinney; a sister-in-law, Dorthy Prather Budagher and her husband, Billy; his cousin J. Paul Taylor; longtime friends B-Etta Campbell, Billy McNew and Ed Landers; along with all members, past and present, of the New Mexico Precision Shooters Association Inc., and many other friends and family members. Don also leaves behind his beloved golden retriever, Goldie.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, April 3, 2009, at 1 p.m. in the Hamilton-O'Dell Chapel with Charles R. Walker officiating.
Interment will follow in Monte Vista Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Grant Swinney, Greg Swinney, John Gallegos, Jason Brunson, Shawn Blake and Randy Blake, Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Billy McNew, Ed Landers, Irving Porter, G.B. Oliver III, Johnny Oliver, Mike McDaniels, Rick Babbin, Joe D'Arezzo, Michael Shyne and William Valdreau.
Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions in Don's name may be made to the Paragon Foundation Inc., 1209 Michigan Ave., Alamogordo, NM 88310; or Alamogordo Home Care/Hospice, P.O. Drawer 29, Alamogordo, NM 88311.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 31 to Apr. 14, 2009
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