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Frank Martin

Taylor Jr.

Frank Martin Taylor, Jr. passed peacefully August 24, 2013 in Anchorage, Alaska.

There will be a gathering for Frank 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 8, 2013; for information call 907-274-4242. Services in Delaware will follow at a later date.

Frank was born in Wilmington, Delaware on July 6, 1950 to Louise Adele Murphy and Frank Martin Taylor. He graduated from Wilmington Friends School in 1968. Frank received a BA in Political Science from Boston University and an MA from Goddard College in Social Ecology.

From 1972-1977, Frank worked with children in preschools in Boston, including the Fernald School for severely retarded children. His co-worker said, "Of course the kids adored him….It was an incredibly difficult job, and I was so impressed with his ability to even do it."

Frank loved cooking, eating, music and dancing. A housemate remembered, "…he had tons of the greatest dance music… I used to love dancing with him, the way he was made me shed my own inhibitions and just dance too."

On a 1973 trip to Guatemala, Frank fell in love with the people. In 1977, he returned spending the next 30 years as a community service worker in agricultural and community development working with the Seva Foundation and ASECSA. For many years, Frank worked alongside his partner Carsta Neuenroth.

Mirabai Bush, a founding board member of Seva, wrote: "Frank was unique among development workers in Guatemala. It was as if he had been born in one of the many communities in which he worked….helping them recover from a brutal civil war …His devotion made him fearless, willing to work amid potential violence... He was a hero of the Highlands during a time when there were few heroes and a huge need for them. Most important, many people loved him, learned from him, and appreciated him…"

Declining health brought Frank back to the states in 2007. He moved to Anchorage to live near his sister and family in 2010.

Frank is survived by his sister Elisabeth Holmgren, nephew Taylor Evenson and niece Raquel Holmgren of Anchorage; niece Kyle Taylor of Rehoboth, Delaware; and niece Julia Taylor of Gainesville, Florida; many dear friends and co-workers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Bioforesa Project in Guatemala, c/o Heifer International: morial.

Arrangements were cared for by the Anchorage Funeral Home. Frank's full obituary and online guestbook may be visited at

Published in The News Journal on Sept. 6, 2013
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