Matthew Taylor

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Matthew "Ryan" Taylor, 38, of Willis, Texas went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, January 21, 2016.

Ryan was born December 19, 1977 in Denton, Texas and was raised in Bryan/College Station. Ryan is the son of DeWayne and Elaine Dean Taylor. Ryan met the love of his life, Katherine Jane Lebow while both were in high school. After high school, they attended Ryan's beloved alma mater, Texas A&M University. While still attending A&M, Kate and Ryan's love for each other had grown so deep they decided to elope with their family in tow. They married on June 23, 2000, in Dijon, France. In their 15 years of marriage, Ryan and Kate were blessed with four precious, beautiful daughters. Ryan loved and adored "his five girls" and his girls adored him. He doted on each one of "his daddy's girls" and his boisterous voice could be heard cheering them on from the stands at all of their events. Movie nights were always an adventure; especially the ones that included staying up all night (on a school night!) in order catch a midnight premier at the theater.

Ryan proudly graduated from Texas A&M in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Leadership and Development. He had a passion for ministering and working with youth in various churches where he was able to share his love for God with others. This love for working with youth led him to a coaching and teaching career at Brabham Middle School in Willis, Texas. Ryan was a well-respected coach and teacher and was truly loved by his students. He approached each day not looking at it as a job, rather as an opportunity to share his joy with those he taught and coached. He was not only a coach on the field, but a coach in life as well. During his time at Brabham Middle School, Ryan was honored as Brabham Middle School Teacher of the Month January 2010.

Ryan never met a stranger! He had a loud, joyful spirit followed by a loud, contagious laugh. When you were in his presence, you could feel the love and energy that radiated from him. He enjoyed many things in life, but his true passions were his family and his Fightin' Texas Aggies. If Ryan was not taking his daughters hunting in the fall at his beloved Burnin' Daylight Ranch, he was on a date with Kate and his girls at Kyle Field.

Ryan is preceded in death by his grandmother, Lucille Stokes Taylor, his grandfather Douglas Dean, and his grandmother-in-law Annie Jane Janac.

Ryan's legacy will live on through his loving wife of 15 years, Katherine Jane Taylor, daughters Madelynn Jane (12), Abigail Ryan (10), Annie Lucille (2) and Sydney Elizabeth (10 months); his parents J.D. and Lanie Taylor; maternal grandmother Wilma Smith; brother and sister-in-law Doug and Daina Taylor and children Tony, Lily, Steven, Matthew, and Gracie; treasured cousins David and Kati Dean, and Amy Janac; father and mother-in-law Bobby and Barbara Lebow; brother and sister-in-law Christopher and Heather Lebow and children Hannah, Hadley, and William; sister and brother-in-law Beth and Tony Newton and children Ella, Dean, and Rosser; aunts and uncles: Gaye and Randy Doran, Mark Dean, Mary and Randy Landreth, Joe Janac, David and Leslie Janac, Jimmy and Shelly Janac, Bob Mayfield, Parks and Brenda Lebow, and Veggie and Doug Beal.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Taylor Children Memorial Fund, at Wells Fargo.

Ryan was a special treasure! Please join us as we celebrate his life. For visitation and services join us in wearing Aggie attire (Maroon and White) or camouflage. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 27, at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 28, at Central Baptist Church in College Station.

Published on from Jan. 25 to Feb. 7, 2016
Arrangements under the direction of:
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