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Gerald Keith Taylor

Keith passed away Friday evening, February 17, 2012, at the age of 82. Keith was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend and mentor to many. He was also a pillar of Community Christian Church of Rancho Palos Verdes. He developed complications from cancer, which had been diagnosed just two months ago. Keith was born to fly. He got his pilot's license at the age of 17 and served 20 years as a pilot in the Air Force. He was awarded many medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. After retiring from the military he continued flying as a Sabreliner production test pilot and worked as a project engineer on the B-1 Program with Rockwell International, retiring after a second career of 15 years. He logged over 6,000 hours in the Sabreliner and logged a total of over 15,000 flying hours. After retiring, Keith continued to fly as a private pilot in his Beechcraft Bonanza, with his last flight logged on December 24, 2011. He and his wife enjoyed spending time with their family, the great outdoors, multiple extended canoeing trips, geocaching (Cluso) and traveling around the world. Keith is survived by his wife, Betty; three sons, John (Jody) Taylor, Jerry (Cheryl) Taylor and Paul Taylor; and four grandchildren. A private burial is planned. The family invites friends and relatives to a memorial at 1:00 PM on Friday, February 24, 2012 at Community Christian Church of RPV (1903 Summerland St., Rancho Palos Verdes). In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a contribution to Community Christian Church, or Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Feb. 22, 2012
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