Ryan Warren "Munchie" Taylor
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IN MEMORY OF RYAN WARREN TAYLOR MUNCHIE OCT. 25, 1985 - JULY 12, 2004

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.

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Published in Modesto Bee on Jul. 16, 2004.
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
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January 12, 2016
I went to visit my uncle's grave & came across Munchie's.. I could not believe it... Memories from our high school years flashed back.. May he rest in peace..
Mayra Valencia
October 23, 2011
We were looking through some old photo albums from 8th grade graduation and Modesto High and we came across some pictures of Munchie. :) just wanted to take the time to say that Munchie was such a wonderful guy that years after he passed he still has so many people thinking about him everyday! We miss you Munchie!!!
Alex & Ashley Ramirez
April 14, 2010
I still remember..... You will never be forgot!!! May you meet my Nannie at the gates of heaven, she has a hug for you
Shawnda Burtis
June 23, 2009
Munchie,

I suppose this letter is more to the great family you left behind then it is to you. Your mom, dad, and brother have endured and I know you'd be proud of them. I can only pretend to imagine what losing an energetic, popular, giving son like you would feel like. I can remember the day your dad and you put in the shelving and cabinets in my shop. That's the day we dubbed your dad, "Bob, The Builder....on Red Bull!" Those are the kinda things I think of when your name comes up. Oh, don't "sign" your dad that I talked about the cabinets....I think I still owe him money? Anyway, I miss you and think of you everytime I look in my cabinets at work! See you later.
Berk Brown
May 21, 2008
Taylor Family , I didn't know your son or your family but I was on TVYFL.US web site. And clicked on Munchie's and read the story. I am very sorry for your loss and hope your family is doing better. I will pray for you and your family. I also have sons in football that play for Denair Lions and I can't even think I could imagine your pain.When we go to Munchies in August we will say a prayer for him and your family. I know I am a stranger to you but I hope if anything would happen to my children, somebody would do the same for me. May God Bless You! Gutierrez Family, Denair Ca.
Rosa gutierrez
August 3, 2007
Not a day goes by where I dont miss you...I sure could use one of our talks right now! You were one of the greatest people I have ever met in my life, I was the lucky one to call you my friend..all the memories that we shared, the laughs..and good ol math class!! My little brother munch, I love you..it pains me that you never got to meet my daughter..since you always called me your big sis, I know you would have loved for her to call you uncle munchie..Im sure you would have taught her all kinds of things!! I miss you so much my friend..Rest in Peace...I love you!!
Jennifer Elwood
February 25, 2007
i mite for meet you throw the TVYFL. i know that all that have meet you miss you very much. Rest in pes for ever you were a grate person and have the TVYFL round roble named after you now.
Dayna
February 5, 2007
Munchie....I just wanted to say that still to this day I miss you dearly....even though I know you're in heaven looking down on us everyday....it's just hard knowing that you're not here with us to make more memories. But you are missed daily by so many....keep smiling is what I always remember you saying to me when I was feeling down. And guess what I still hear your voice saying that to me til this day....thanks for being that special friend...love you always!
Smiles
January 31, 2007
I've lost two good friends in the last thirty days And like YOURSELF... they will never be forgotten. I wanted to write because I haven't forgetten. You still live on with each memory.

Rest In Peace Munch! <3
Tif Garrett
September 18, 2006
I NEVER MET MUNCHIE BUT, I HEVE MET BRENT.


MAY MUNCHIE BE WELL RESTED
Lindsey
July 13, 2006
Munchie We Still Love You!!
Tara
March 22, 2006
Munchie... well you have two other Panthers up there with you... our beautiful Allison Porto was taken from us on March 19th and Bunny Long died in Iraq.... brings back the thoughts and emotions of when you passed... and that void we still have of you missing... was healing.. slowly... but now... we start again.... We love you and miss and along with all the other panthers up there... look out for the rest of us....


Until we meet again....
Monica Dominguez
February 23, 2006
I still think of you daily Munchie! RIP
T!F Garrett
February 8, 2006
Munchie, I never really got the chance to get to know you. i was 3 years younger than you. But you sure were like royalty at Hart-Ransom. My brother probablly knew you better, he was only a year younger than you. I remember growing up going to Hart-Ransom I didnt know you very well but I always looked up to you, you were so funny, and always there when someone needed you. We used to tease and joke with eachother when we were younger, I'll always remember you and never let myself forget that i should have gotten to know you better while i had the chance. Its been 2 years now and I still cant believe your gone. You've left behind so many happy memories."go big or go home". You truly will live forever, in the hearts of everyone who knew you. you really did "go big!", rest in peace munchie.
melissa
July 13, 2005
I think of Munchie every day. It is hard to believe that it has been a year. I will cherish the memories I have of Munchie as a little boy walking into my backyard whenever he wanted so my mom could babysit him. You will foever be in my heart along with the rest of your family. I love you very much. Love Sarah Jakub (Baxter)
Sarah Jakub
July 12, 2005
Dear Taylor Family,
After reading all the wonderful things that people had to say about your son "Munchie", I just had to write and let you know how sorry I am for you all and how sorry I am that I never got to meet this incredible youg man. Please accept my sincerest condolences, what a tough year for your family to endure.
Ralph Arredondo
July 11, 2005
A day never goes by that I don't think about you. You will forever remain a piece of my heart. You will always be my little Munchie! I love you!!!!
Bucky Baxter
May 5, 2005
Munchie, i dont know what to say... I wasn't as close with you as i couldv'e been and now i regret that more then ever. I think about you a lot and how you affected my life, tho we weren't the "best of friends" we were friends and you never realize how much someone means to you til they are gone. Everyone takes things for granted and never see it til it is gone...well, Munchie, i see it now. I see how much having you in my life meant to me and i am not the same now that you are gone. I miss you Munch and i always will. I'm sorry i didn't tell you this earlier. I love you!
April 11, 2005
Munchie.... We love you and miss you. We wish you were still here to make us laugh.
Tara and Melissa
April 7, 2005
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Julie,Dave and Brent. I'm sadden by the news of Munchies passing. We have fond memories of the days of BMXing. May he rest in the arms of our Savior Lord Jesus. May God grant you the strength and the courage to face each and every day since your loss.
Karin Shetterly
February 7, 2005
When i met Munchie i knew he was a bit different he wouldn't stop smiling! I really got to know him and started spending time with him around april. He was one of the best people ive ever got a chance to meet and ill never forget him. I think of my friend everyday and i will remember the memories we share and stories that were told. Love you Munch. My love and prayers are with the Taylor family whom ive met many times. I miss you bud. Go Big Or GO Home.
Caitlin Warner
December 26, 2004
I have been wanting to sign this, but have not found the words to say until now. I met Munchie a year ago at the LUSO Convention. We spent the whole convention together and had so much fun. Not one single day goes by that I don't think of him and all of our fun memories together. Hearing the name or the word "munchie" will always bring a smile to my face. I never got a chance to meet the Taylor family, but I heard so many great things about them from Munch. He touched my heart and has changed me life forever. My family and I will never ever forget him, his kindnes, and his loving smile. Merry Christmas.
We love you Munchie!
Lindsay Martins and family (Artesia, CA)
Lindsay Martins
December 13, 2004
Jeff & Ann McAusland
December 8, 2004
still not a day goes by you dont cross my mind..RIP
Michelle
December 1, 2004
Although I have previously signed Munchie's guess book back in July I wanted to take a moment and let the Taylor family know that I still think of Munchie daily. His memory lives on in my heart. On the 25th of October, Munchie's Birthday, was a hard day. I am positive it was even harder for all of you-his family. Munchie will never be forgotten. His courageous spirit will live on in everyone he knew. After all that vibrant smile is something no one could ever forget.
* R.I.P. Ryan 'Munchie' I miss you! *
Tif Garrett
November 4, 2004
munch~

we miss u bud i always think i see u around like i always did in the mornings passing eachother by the jc ag dept. i didnt even go there just on my way to work and i would see u and wave. we would smile at eachother. that would brighten my day. well i still go by there, i dont see your smiling face anymore but i look up on my visor and see u there and smile back. i miss u so much and u and hini better be gettin along, lol well thats not hard to do but hey i have to give u a hard time now dont i. well i love u munch. i will always remember u, and so will all the hundreds of friends u have mad. h-r to mo-high alot of memories. well i love u and ill see u up there big guy.
love u always amanda george
amanda george
November 1, 2004
"MUNCHIE" just hearing that word brings a bigger smile to my face than anyone can imagine. This young man is not comparable to anyone in any way, and the impact he brought into everyones lives was remarkable! To you Taylors- Cherish the way he lived his life and the way he could make anybody smile just by walking into the room! And you know he loved that car...and i bet hes driving it on that freeway in heaven right now! and to you brent keep being just like your brother and you will do just fine! it made him happy that you looked up to him! i love you all and you are forever in my hearts! godbless
Cherise Wilson
October 26, 2004
Munchie i am so glad that God blessed me with an awesome friend like you...I can't begin to explain how much you have made an impact on all of our lives...I know your in good hands and i know your looking over us. I know your with a special someone to keep you company =) Munch I MISS YOU & LOVE YOU!!
Liz Rocha
September 3, 2004
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September 3, 2004
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September 3, 2004
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September 1, 2004
Dear Taylors,
I met your son "munchie" through some mutual friends and I have to tell you that even though he looked intimidating to some people he was really just a big teddy bear willing to acknowledge anyone who came his way. He was such a sweet guy from the moment i met him and appreciated his smile and jokes whenever he threw them out. I knew him only a short while and heard a lot of great things about him. I wish I had more time to get to know him but the time I had was well spent just sitting around hearing him laugh with his friends. You had a very great son and I will say a prayer for you and your other children. May God Bless you and your family. I know he'll take care of your beloved son Ryan.
-Karen Moreau
Karen
August 9, 2004
Dear Taylors,
I only just now found this guestbook on the Central Saints website. Thank you for raising such wonderful boys to share with the world. I believe that every child is a reflection of their upbringing, and your boys are a credit to the love you showered on them. You have our hearts and if we can do anything for you, please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you for always making my oldest son Andrew feel special, Dave. I know that you love every Saint like they are your own, and I am proud to know all of you and know that God is using Munchie on the line. God's blessings to all of you.
With all our love and condolences,
Brian, Mary, Andrew, Aaron and Kelsea Lopes
Mary Lopes
July 27, 2004
Ryan and Steph
July 27, 2004
"Munchie"
July 27, 2004
Dave, Julie and Brent,
I have attempted to write serveral times, but I couldn't find the words for what my heart is feeling. I want to thank you for the blessing that I received the day you guys moved in next door to my family in Hayward. Although I was only about 6 or 7, I vividly remember the bond our families instantly had and how much I loved having this cute little boy with chubby cheaks walk through the gate and into my backyard day and night! Munchie was the little brother that I never had. I am so proud that the name we gave him stuck with him throughout his entire life because that is exactly who he was, our little Munchie. Although I did not get to see Munch as often as I wanted, I never forgot the impact that your family and Munchie had on my heart and my life. I adored Munch and always will. One thing that I have learned from this is to cherish every moment that you have and surround yourselves with those who love you. That is exactly what Munchie did and I plan on doing the same. Dave and Julie, I love you both very much and thank you for sharing your little boy with me. I love and miss Munchie very much and will forever have a place for him in my heart. I love you guys and I am praying for you both and Brent. Love, Bucky
Bucky Baxter
July 25, 2004
Coach Taylor, Julie and Bret,
Today came to us as a surprise that you lost your son. What does one say or not say in such a tragic loss of a child. I took my son today J.T. to orientation today without realizing that last week as we passed the memorial in the middle of the road i noticed a central saints hat. I told my husband he must have played on central saints. The next day my husband tells me he saw Coach Taylor in the middle of the road sitting there. I said he probably coached the boy who died. I cant began to tell you when my husband got home and we opened the central saints book to look at the novice schedule and there was your son's picture. Your son's smile just like he was still here, seeing him at practices coaching my son and others. I remember seeing him sitting with his mom at one of the baseball games Shiloh/Paradise against Hart Ransom, he was laughing there talking with her. I don't know how you and your wife sat through orientation today. I just thought wow, what a family and wow coach you are something else. Your stenghth and love to be here with our children today, instead of just staying home with yours. My son Jordan said today after we told him about Munchie, "I felt like when Coach Taylor said we are all family I felt like Coach Taylor was part of our family." Our hearts go out to you and your family. May god bless you and heal your hearts. May his life be an inspiration for all who knew him and may his memory live on through the ones who loved him. Sincerly, The Torres Family.
sylvia torres
July 23, 2004
Coach Dave, Julie & Brent

We Just found out earlier this week about Munchie, and we wanted to say how very, very sorry we are to hear about your loss. Munchie was a such great person, and he will be missed terribly. But we will get to see him again someday in Heaven. Until that day he will always be in our hearts and memories. May God Bless and Keep your Family and if there is anything that we can do for you (even clean your house) just let us know.

Love always and God Bless
The Jones Family
Tina, Donovan, Presley, Cody & Holly Jones
July 22, 2004
Dear Dave, Julie, Brent and Grandma Betty and Family,

Our hearts ache for you and your family. We can’t imagine the pain you are experiencing over the tragic loss of Munchie. We were not privileged to really know him, but we want you to know how we have been blessed just to read the many remembrances and words of encouragement you have received.

Dear Lord and Savior, please continue to make Your presence known to this family. Wrap Your loving arms around each one and assure them of Your mercy and care. Fill each heart with Your peace even in the midst of their pain. Grant perspective from above and in Your gentle way transform their thoughts from temporal loss to heavens’ eternal gain.

In His Great Love,
Ken and Diane Silva
Ken and Diane Silva
July 22, 2004
Coach Taylor, Julie & Brent,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Rich & I had the pleasure of meeting Munchie on the 4th of July at the Rocha Party. We were very impressed with his great attitude, his kind smile and his williness to meet and converse with new people. We could tell he was a very special young man. We will continue to pray for your family. God Bless. The Burketts, Rich, Robin, Matt,& Justin (broomstick).
Rich & Robin Burkett
July 20, 2004
Our deepest sympathies, and all our prayers go out to the Taylor family, Munchie you will be missed...

Coach Perez and family
JORGE PEREZ
July 20, 2004
Dave, Julie, and "Bee" -
The Anderson family is not worthy of the honor, courage, and dignity you have exemplified this past week. Your loss has left us with a GREAT gaping hole in our hearts. As we struggle for understanding and words to express our sorrow to your family, it was as if "you" were there for us!! During one of the many events held in Munchie's honor, Dave had said "It was not the parents who made the boy...But the boy who made the parents." On that day I begged to differ, However after Saturday's beautiful celebration of Munchie's life, I began to understand Dave's quote. As I sat in that large church, I searched for Gods direction and explanations, as I looked out over the enormous sea of people, I began to realize the message. In only 18 1/2 short years Munchie had made a difference in more lives than most anyone in that church including me in my 37 years. The message, I received that day was, I have lived exactly twice as long as Munchie, but touched less than 1/2 the people. I truly believe that angels are only on loan to us. They are put on Earth to help those in need. Unfortunately our loan came due and Munchie's heavenly father came to collect. My hope is that we all not only live in munchie's memory, but live in his shadow. Do on to other's as Munchie would do, put a smile on someones face, make someone laugh or feel good about themselves, take time to coach a youth organization in need, pick someone up when they have fallen, encourage another to keep "riding" even when they are too afraid to do so. Next time you think you are too tired to go out of your way for someone, think of Munchie... then get off your butt and go big or GO HOME!!!
Our hearts and prayers are with you, may God bless you.

The Anderson's

P.S. Dave you had said that one of our wrestlers was down and not coming back up, but I will argue... Munchie is at the "Big Show" He qualified to step foot on the greatest mat ever, very few wrestlers have had that honor! The referee has his hand held high!!!
Mike, Trish, Double A, and Miss Morgan Anderson
July 20, 2004
"MUNCHIE" AND THE TAYLOR FAMILY,
U HAVE GAVEN ME THE GREATEST MEMORIES FROM WHEN I WAS IN 4TH GARDE TILL GRADUATION DAY... I HAVE ALWAYS HAD A CLASS WITH U AND U HAVE ALWAYS BEEN MY SIDE KICK, U WERE THE CLASS CLOWN AND I WAS THE TROUBLE MAKER AND THE TEACHERS ALWAYS GOT US TOGETHER LOL. WE ALWAYS MADE THE CLASS LAUGH TOGETHER EVEN IF THAT MEANT GETTING SENT TO THE INSCHOOL ROOM LOL. THE ONE MEMORIE I WILL LOVE AND CHERISH IS THE LAST TIME I TOOK A PICTURE WITH U AT MEDEVIL TIMES WITH GABE. THAT DAY WE WERE BOTH SO HAPPY. I REMEBER SEENING U AND I RAN TO U AND U TURNED AROUND AND GAVE ME THIS BIG BEAR HUG AND U PICKED ME OFF THE FLOOR AND SHOOK ME LIKE IF I WAS A FOOT BALL PLAYER LOL. THANKS FOR BEING SUCH A GOOD PERSON AND BEING THE COOLEST KID U COULD BE. U ARE IN MY HEARTS AND MANY OTHERS. IF ONLY U KNEW HOW MANY LIVES U HAVE IMPACTED. MY HATS GO OFF TO UR PARENTS FOR RAISING THE BEST KID I KNEW. HE WOULD NEVER WANT TO DISAPOINT HIS PARENTS WHEN WE WERE SMALL. U GUYS HAVE TAUGHT HIM WELL AND THANK U FOR HAVE SUCH A WONDERFUL BOY AND SHARING HIM IN THIS WORLD WITH ALL OF US. MY CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO U AND UR FAMILY. MY GOD BLESS U AND UR FAMILY. "MUNCHIE" I KNOW UR UP THERE WITH GOD AND I HOPE U KNOW EVERY ONE DOWN HEAR MISSES U. I HOPE TO SEE UR SMILING FACE ONE DAY AND WHEN THAT DAY COMES I WANT THAT BEAR HUG AGAIN OK. IM SORRY I DIDNT SPEAK AT THE CANDLE LIGHT VISUAL BUT I WAS TOO SHY. I HAVE MANY STORYES TO TELL MAYBE ONE DAY I CAN SHARE THEM WITH EVERY ONE. U GUYS HAVE RAISED A MAN, THE BEST MAN I HAVE EVER SCENE! I HOPE WHEN I HAVE A BOY HE WILL HAVE A HEART OF GOLD LIKE MUNCHIE. MISS THAT SMILE OF URS. IM PRAYING FOR U AND UR FAMILY.
MONICA GOMEZ
July 19, 2004
Hi Jules,
I am writing to send you my love and support during this tragic time for all. My heart aches for you and your family. I am so sorry you lost your boy. I wish I was closer so I could give you a hug and cry with you. I will kiss my boys tonight and we will say prayers for your family and say Hi to Munchie in Gods arms.
Keeping you and your family close to our hearts now, and always,
Beth Anne Doblado
your SOHH pal in San Diego
Beth Anne Doblado
July 19, 2004
Munchie & Taylor Family,
through-out the time that I had the opportunity to work with Munchie at Hopperz there were are good days and our bad days. In my life experience there are regrets when you leave things unsaid. Munchie and I nagged each other alot during our time together I was to bossy, and he would call me on it, but the one thing that I wish I would have done is just gotten over it and gotten to know him better, from what I did see of Munchie though was a young man that had a heart of gold, and the word that stuck with me the most was the words that someone else had used when describing their feeling of loss, this word was HERO, munchie was a hero and an excellent role model, to the many children's lives that he touched, In a time where the feeling of loss is so great there is nothing that can be said to ease the heart ache, but one thing is for certain we were all lucky to have munchie in our lives and I think thats why it hurts so much, I wish munchie's family the best and prey that we can all keep his beautiful memory alive forever, SINCERELY,(with my deepest condolences) Keri King
keri king
July 19, 2004
Now that it acutally set in, the passing of Munchie has made me look at my life different. I want to "go big!" The memories of Munchie playing football with my brother Adam, and the times I gave him rides home from practice, puts a smile on my face. I know that as a graduate of MHS, the passing of students and friends, we always come together and have supported each other since the begining. Thank you Munchie for the memories. And watch over me and everyone else, along with all the other panthers up there. Thank You Munchie, and you will be missed.
Monica Dominguez Class of 2001
July 19, 2004
"Munchie",,,, Gods hands are so big and we are so small, we will never know why he took you from us all. I do believe that when the wind blows God is smileing and watching us grow. You are allready there in heaven, no more pain or hurt. Please help us "Munchie" as we suffer until it is our time to go. Love is patient and love is kind we will wait to meet you at our finish line. Love Joe
Joe Harper
July 19, 2004
I did not know Munchie but my sister Heather did.Mr. and Mrs. Taylor, I am trully sorry for your loss. I know words can not explain the huge amount of sorrow your feeling but your family is in my prayers. And to Brent I am very sorry you lost your brother especially in such a tragic way. God bless you all. You are all loved and admired because you are such strong people. Again, I am very sorry. Rest in Peace Munchie
candice frederick
July 18, 2004
Dear Coach Taylor, Mrs. Taylor and Bee Boy,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Escalon Outlaws Youth Football and Cheer Organization
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