Ryan Warren "Munchie" Taylor

  • "I went to visit my uncle's grave & came across Munchie's....."
    - Mayra Valencia
  • "We were looking through some old photo albums from 8th..."
    - Alex & Ashley Ramirez
  • "I still remember..... You will never be forgot!!! May you..."
    - Shawnda Burtis
  • "Munchie, I suppose this letter is more to the great family..."
    - Berk Brown
  • "Taylor Family , I didn't know your son or your family but..."
    - Rosa gutierrez


Our beloved Munchie- At 18, one year out of Modesto High School and having completed your first year at Modesto Junior College, you were called to God's scrimmage line.

Your accident on July 12, 2004, took your life from us, but nothing will take away our memories of your kindness, your laughter, your smile or your spirit. Your tragic death will leave a hole in our hearts forever, but your body has given a chance at life with a new heart and the gift of sight for two people who will forever be grateful.

You left us suddenly, but our grieving is being met with an overwhelming show of support from hundreds of neighbors and old friends, teammates and coaches, students and teachers, FFA and LUSO members- anyone who was touched by the remarkable life you led.

You started life in Hayward, where you acquired your nickname Munchie from your babysitters who accused you of always stealing their snacks. You moved with us to Modesto when you were two years old, attended Hart-Ransom Elementary School from kindergarten through eighth grade and then to Modesto High for the next four years.

During those formative years, you picked up your father's passion for football, first as a player for the Ceres Falcons, then the Central Saints and finally as a starter on the Modesto High varsity, earning Lineman of the Year your senior year. You went on to become the youngest certified coach in the history of the Trans Valley Youth Football League, coaching alongside your dad for the Central Saints. You also played baseball, wrestled and dove with the same passion you showed on the gridiron.

Even though you were a city boy, you discovered the FFA in high school, earning Star Greenhand as a freshman, Star Chapter Farmer as a junior and State Farmer as a senior. You were also chapter president. Some of your other honors included Central California Conference All- Academic Team and All-Conference Team for football, Cub Scouts Arrow of Light, LUSO Fraternal Federation State Marshall and Occupational Olympics for Welding.

Somewhere along the line, you observed your teachers, but none more than your agricultural mechanics teacher at MJC, Scott Lane. He inspired your dream of continuing your education at MJC and transferring to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where you wanted to become an ag teacher yourself. With your work ethic, your competitive spirit and your can-do attitude, you would have made it.

When you were with your friends before the accident, we learned that your last words were, I'm loving life. That sums up how you lived your life every day.

Munchie, no one could ask for a better son or brother. When God called you to fill the line, you hit it and hit it hard.

Rememberances may be made to the Ryan Taylor memorial scholarship fund, c/o Farmers & Merchants Bank, Branch 32, 901 N. Carpenter Rd., Modesto, 95351.

We'll love you forever-your Mom Julie, Dad Dave and Brother Brent.


Published in the Modesto Bee on July 16, 2004